Scott Routenberg

Scott Routenberg

Assistant Professor of Music Performance (Jazz Piano)


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Dr. Scott Routenberg enjoys a versatile and prolific career as an award-winning jazz pianist, composer, arranger and orchestrator. In 2004, Routenberg won the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest Maxell Song of the Year. Other awards and honors include The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize (2016), the SONIC Award for Best Arrangement at the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers Symposium (2017), the ASCAP David Rose Scholarship, the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, and the Downbeat Student Award for Best Extended Length Composition.

Routenberg has performed with world-renowned jazz musicians the likes of Howard Levy (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) and jazz violinist Christian Howes, among many others. International and national jazz festival performances include the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Indy Jazz Fest (The Jazz Kitchen). The Scott Routenberg Trio, which features Routenberg’s jazz faculty colleagues Nick Tucker on bass and Cassius Goens III on drums, will release their debut album Every End is a Beginning in March 2017 on Summit Records. The trio performed at Indy Jazz Fest 2016 and has opened for jazz guitar legend John Scofield; in February 2017 they will perform with Howard Levy at the famous Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago. Scott’s jazz piano teachers include Ted Howe (Berklee), Brazilian legend Manfredo Fest (Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66), Chip Crawford (Grammy Award winning pianist for Gregory Porter) and Vince Maggio (student of Oscar Peterson and roommate of Bill Evans). His composition and arranging teachers include Gary Lindsay, Ron Miller and Raul Murciano. Routenberg is a graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Since 2011, Routenberg has received multiple commissions as an arranger for the Grammy Winning Metropole Orkest under Vince Mendoza, and has had orchestral premieres by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among many others. Commissions include multiple big band arrangements for Grammy-winning harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy, The Jeremy Monteiro Big Band, the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band Classic, and Routenberg's internationally popular Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra. World premieres include Austria, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, China and Singapore. Domestic premieres include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Fox Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles (ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop). Notable jazz artists such as Ernie Watts, Carmen Bradford, Howard Levy, Christian Howes, Billy Contreras, Troy Roberts (Joey DeFrancesco band), Brandon Wright (Mingus Big Band) and Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver) have performed and recorded Routenberg’s compositions and arrangements.

Dr. Routenberg is currently Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at Ball State University, where he teaches applied undergraduate and graduate Jazz Piano and Improvisation lessons, Jazz Improvisation 1 and 2, Jazz History, Jazz Composition, Jazz Piano Lab, and directs several jazz combos. As a jazz educator, Routenberg has taught at the University of Miami, Miami-Dade College (Kendall), and the University of South Florida. Dr. Routenberg has presented jazz masterclasses and recitals at Belmont University, the University of South Florida, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Jazz Artist in Residence) and Eastern Washington University. Routenberg is an active member of many professional music associations, including ASCAP, the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC), the Jazz Education Network (JEN), the Society of Composers (SCI), the College Music Society (CMS), NAfME, and the Indiana Jazz Educators Association (IJEA), for which Dr. Routenberg has served twice as the Jazz Piano Judge for the High School All-State Jazz Band. Routenberg's jazz wind quintet Headwinds was chosen for performance at the 2015 College Music Society National Conference in Indianapolis. Routenberg's Doctoral Essay “Americana Suite: A Composition for Full Orchestra, Big Band and Jazz Chamber Ensembles Inspired by American Master Paintings” (2008) is published by ProQuest.

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