Scott Anderson

Professor of Music, Trombone
Area of Focus: Brass, Music History
DMA-University of Minnesota-1995
MM-Northwestern University-1987
BM-Iowa State University-1985

Scott Anderson is the Professor of Trombone in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the head of the Brass and Percussion Area. Anderson holds the Vernon A. Forbes Chair as Principal Trombone in the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Anderson teaches undergraduate and graduate trombone students and History of Rock and Roll. In addition, he teaches Honors Seminars on The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Anderson earned degrees from the University of Minnesota (DMA 1995), Northwestern University (MM 1987), and Iowa State University (BM 1985). 

Dr. Anderson is an active recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. He has performed solo recitals throughout the United States including the International Trombone Festival, The American Trombone Workshop, The International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Iowa Bandmasters, The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Concordia University, Luther College (Iowa), Trinity College (Texas), The University of Memphis, St. Cloud State University (Minnesota) and the University of Nebraska. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Dallas Brass, the Strategic Air Command Band, the ACC Heartland of America Band, the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra, the University of Nebraska Wind Ensemble, the University of Nebraska Symphonic Band, the University of Nebraska Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Wind Symphony, the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra, the Lincoln Municipal Band, The Nebraska Chamber Ensemble, The New Music Agency, and the Iowa State University Wind Ensemble.

 He has performed with the University of Nebraska Brass Quintet and the University of Nebraska Brass Trio on tours throughout the United States and internationally with recitals in the Czech Republic. Anderson is an active orchestral performer on trombone, tenor tuba, and bass trumpet and has performed nationally and internationally as Principal and Second Trombone with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, and the Des Moines Symphony, and as second trombone in the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet and Opera Omaha. He has performed under the direction of several conductors including Osmo Vanska, Christopher Hogwood, John Williams, Eiji Oue, Robert Shaw, Neeme Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman, Michael Stern, Hans Vonk, Christopher Wilkins, Edward Polochick, and Edo de Waart. Dr. Anderson has performed in numerous national touring productions including Matilda, Chicago, The Producers, Ragtime, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Matilda, and Victor/Victoria. He has also played in concerts backing Hannah Huston, Lou Rawls, The Lettermen, Steve Lawrence, and Edie Gorme, The Moody Blues, The Temptations, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Pam Tillis, Mannheim Steamroller, Marvin Hamlisch, and Mark O'Connor to name a few. Anderson has recorded with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, The Strategic Air Command Band, Hannah Huston, and The Des Moines Symphony. Dr. Anderson is a Conn-Selmer performing artist and plays Bach trombones.



Applied Trombone
History of Rock Music
Nebraska Trombone Ensemble
Chamber Music

Honors and Awards

2015 Hixson-Lied Leadership Award in Curriculum or Programmatic Development
2012-2018 Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Professorship
2011 Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award in Music and Theatre
2009 Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts College Distinguished Teaching Award

What do you enjoy the most about being on the faculty at the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Anderson: I enjoy working with the trombone students every day. It is gratifying to watch them improve and become better musicians. My goal is for the student to surpass the teacher. If a student commits to Nebraska, I will do everything that I can to see that this happens.


What do you want others to know about the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Anderson: I want others to know that the faculty and students at the GKSOM are first rate musicians. 


What are you most proud of in the area you work for the Glenn Korff School of Music? 

Anderson: I am most proud of the fact that the students who study or have studied trombone at Nebraska are out in the professional working world as performers, educators and lifetime musicians.


What do you like to do outside of the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Anderson: My life outside of the GKSOM is filled with opportunities to perform as a soloist, orchestral trombonist and chamber musician. I want to continue to improve my own skill set as well as those of my students. My other passion is reading, researching and listening to rock and roll music.