Now in his second season as executive director of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Scott Harrison continues to expand on his commitment to community engagement and partnering with leading arts organizations across Los Angeles.
Since joining LACO in October 2015, Scott has deepened and strengthened artistic and community collaborations with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Colburn School. Working alongside music director Jeffrey Kahane, he initiated partnerships with USC, UCLA and the Los Angeles Master Chorale for major artistic ventures in the 2016-17 season: a chamber/orchestral hybrid performance and live radio broadcast featuring Yo-Yo Ma, LACO’s first-ever stage production (Weill’s Lost in the Stars), and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
In his first months with LACO, Scott joined with board leadership to develop a renewed strategic framework for meaningful impact across four pillars: concerts, accessibility and diversity, learning and creating, and innovation and entrepreneurship. After multiple years of subscription growth, Scott and the LACO team expanded the 2016-17 Orchestral Series to eight weeks. He has launched a new partnership with Inner City Youth Orchestra of LA (ICYOLA) in pursuit of a shared goal of fostering a more diverse and representative classical music field. After the successful completion of a city-wide residency with cellist Joshua Roman in the 2015-16 season, Scott signed internationally renowned harpsichord Mahan Esfahani to a three-year residency as the Orchestra’s first-ever Baroque Conversations artistic partner and is developing future residencies with other intriguing artists to reach audiences and community members throughout the county.
Scott joined LACO after serving as vice president of advancement and external relations at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, raising $13 million annually while developing strategies to build the DSO’s local and global reputation. In 2011, while serving as executive producer of digital media, Scott launched the Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, watched in over 100 countries by 750,000 viewers, with an additional 100,000 students tuning into specially-produced “Classroom Edition” webcasts. With a focus on cultivating new audiences, his DSO project leadership included record-selling Beethoven and Tchaikovsky festivals; outdoor concert projections for Midtown’s Dlectricity festival; the city-wide crowd-sourced composition Symphony in D; the @ the Max alternative performance series; and a first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.
Having previously worked for the Indianapolis, New Jersey, Boston and Dallas symphony orchestras, Scott holds degrees from Northwestern University and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. Deeply committed to music education as a right and the power of cultural diplomacy, he serves as a founding board member of BLUME Haiti, an organization that works with Haitian and International partners to develop leadership skills in young musicians and create opportunities for social and civic through music. He also serves as a professional advisor to Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble and has lectured and presented internationally for the League of American Orchestras, Arts Midwest, Tessitura Network, and Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras. Scott was recently chosen to participate in the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture, bringing together 50 arts executives from 34 states and 18 countries who are working to lead change in their organizations, communities and in the cultural field.
Scott lives in downtown Los Angeles with his wife Angela, a fundraising consultant, and their daughter.