Scott Shaw, Organist and Conductor

News from Tokyo about the organ and choir world, and life in Japan

1. Profile ~ プロフィール


Scott Shaw graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Music (Organ) in 1981. His teachers included Walter Eichinger (organ), Carole Terry (organ and harpsichord), Sylvia Kind (harpsichord) and Joan Conlon (choral conducting). His received his Master of Music in Performance and Literature (Organ) and Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature (Organ) from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. His primary teacher was Russell Saunders.

From 1989 to 2002 he was Professor of Music and College Organist at Kwassui Women’s College in Nagasaki, where he was the first organist to be hired in the institution’s 120 year history. He established the Department of Music’s organ major course, supervising the acquisition of five pipe organs for student and recital use. Additionally, he developed the college’s biannual organ recital series that attracts performers from Japan and overseas, as well as an annual summer course for Japanese church musicians.

Dr. Shaw has performed solo organ recitals throughout Japan, as well as in the United States and England. During the 2003-4 season, his solo concerts consisted solely of English organ music of various periods. A CD recorded on the Noack organ at Kwassui College, Nagasaki, includes the Elgar Sonata in G, a Stanley Voluntary, as well as other works. Articles published in various journals include those on the organ works of Samuel Wesley, the Elgar Organ Sonata in G, and the hymnody of the early Methodist church.

Scott Shaw is presently Director of Sacred Music, Chapel Choirmaster and Professor at Rikkyo University (Anglican), Tokyo. In this capacity he led the university chapel choir on tours of England in 2004 and 2006 that included singing at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Leicester Cathedral, Birmingham Cathedral, and St. George’s Catholic Church in Worcester. Shaw works to support the music of the Anglican Church in Japan through the composition of music for the service, and by conducting workshops and lectures for church musicians. Website of the Rikkyo University All Saints Chapel Choir:
アメリカ、ワシントン州スポケーン出身。シアトルのワシントン 大学においてオルガンとハープシコードを学ぶ。ニューヨーク州、ロチェスターのロチェスター大学イーストマン音楽院にてオルガン、合唱指揮法、音楽史を学 び1987年に修士号、1991年に演奏博士号を取得。ウォルター・アイキンガー、キャロル・テリー、ラッスル・サンダース各氏に師事。








3 Responses to “1. Profile ~ プロフィール”

  1. Sara Hedgpeth said

    Hello Scott, was browsing the web and came across your blog. How fun–I especially enjoyed the “Strange English” sections. I find many of those here in Germany, too. If you have a few minutes drop me a line at It would be fun to catch up. Ciao, Sara

  2. Mexxsi said


  3. Greetings, Scott, from London! Great to see you and your choir performed my Missa Mariae before Christmas. Do say if more upper voice works might be of interest?
    Best wishes for 2018! Cecilia

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