Scott Mendoker

Scott Mendoker headshot

Tuba Faculty

Instrumental Studies

The Hartt School

Scott Mendoker has performed recitals and given master classes in Japan, Taiwan, South Africa, Bolivia and throughout the United States. Highlights include the world premiers of “The Bezoar Concerto” by Vern Miller, Jr. with the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, “Serenata” for Solo Tuba and Wind Ensemble by David Sampson in Carnegie Hall with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble and, again, with the United States Air Force Academy Band in Denver and “Heavy Weather” for Solo Tuba and Wind Ensemble by Jess Langston Turner at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School. Scott has also recorded “Heavy Weather” with the Hartt Wind Ensemble for the Naxos label. Other recordings include “Kansas City Dances”, a tuba concerto by David Holsinger with the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble - Dr. William Berz, conductor (Mark Records), Eddie Sauter’s “Piece for Tuba and Sax Quartet” with the New Hudson Sax Quartet (Naxos), David Sampson’s “Three Portraits” for Tuba and Chamber Orchestra with members of the Czech Philharmonic (Summit) and “Even Song” for tuba and electronics also written for him by David Sampson and is on the Summit label. Scott has just recorded two more works by Mr. Sampson – “Emma’s Dance” and “Sightline” – both for tuba and piano. They will also appear on the Summit Records label and will be released Winter of 2024.

As part of a busy freelance career, Scott has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. And from 1979-82, he was Principal Tuba with the National Symphony Orchestra of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Scott was a longtime student of the late Arnold Jacobs, widely considered to be one of the greatest brass teachers of the 20th century and Principal Tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for over 44 years. He has also studied with Warren Deck, Principal Tuba with the New York Philharmonic (retired). Scott’s former students hold positions in many highly respected colleges and universities, several major orchestras both in the United States and abroad, as well as some of our nation’s top military bands.

Before joining the Hartt School, Scott served on the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University for 21 years. Mr. Mendoker is a member of the award-winning brass quintet - Philadelphia Brass and is an endorsing Artist for Eastman Tubas.