Scott Williamson has enjoyed a successful career as a tenor, conductor, director and producer. In September 2019 he fulfilled a career-long dream with the launch of the multi-genre, inter-disciplinary ensemble of artists, Collective Euphonia. Scott was recently named a Fulbright Scholar and will spend the 2019-20 season on the faculty of West University in Romania.
General and Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke from 2010-2018, he created the company's premiere Apprentice Artist program and produced notable company premieres, including The Flying Dutchman, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Floyd's Susannah and Rodgers' and Hammerstein's South Pacific. He conducted the world premiere of The Three Feathers, a family opera by composer Lori Laitman and poet Dana Gioia. An internationally recognized tenor, the Times of London called his debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, “brilliant.” His work has been praised in The New York Times and Sun, Opera News, and The Washington Post. Scott recently made his Romanian debut at the National Opera House in Timisoara, reprising the leading role of Sorin which he created for Aaron Garber's 2014 opera, Romania: Revolution 1989.
His repertoire ranges from Baroque oratorio to contemporary opera. His performances of Mendelssohn and Dallapiccola with the American Symphony Orchestra are available on iTunes. His “Night by Silent Sailing Night: A Performance of John Cage’s STEPS: A Composition for a Painting,” was hailed upon its creation at the Taubman Museum of Art, where he is guest curator in music. It is featured in a new monograph, The Mountain Lake Symposium and Workshop: Art in Locale. He led the professional chamber chorus, Virginia Chorale for three acclaimed seasons which featured over a dozen premieres, in addition to new collaborations with local schools, museums and arts festivals. Dr. Williamson has served on the faculties of Washington and Lee, Hollins University and Virginia Tech, and is in demand as a guest artist and presenter. His poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review and Tupelo Quarterly. He is also music and program director of Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, where he lives. He serves on the board of the historic Grandin Theatre, and is an artistic advisor to TOI (Tidewater Opera Initiative).