Scott Worthington

Artist Teacher, Bass
Conservatory of Music

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Fine Arts


B.M., Eastman School of Music
M.A., D.M.A., University of California San Diego


Scott Worthington enjoys a diverse career as a musician based in Los Angeles. A "masterful and transfixing" bassist (NewMusicBox), he performs as a soloist, in orchestras and recording studios, and with improvisors and chamber groups. As a performer-composer, his albums have garnered critical acclaim. Prism was named one of The New Yorker's most notable classical albums of 2015 and called "as bewitching as it is original" by Alex Ross. Scott's other releases have been praised by The New York Times ("continually surprises and delights with tiny, glittering events") and the National Sawdust Log ("quietly gripping"). He has received commissions from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Loadbang, the Isaura String Quartet, the Byrne:Kozar Duo, Synchromy, and numerous soloists.

As an electronic musician, Scott has performed at the Ojai Music Festival, on the wasteLAnd and People Inside Electronics concert series, and created software for performances of music ranging from Lucier to Boulez. His own compositions and solo concerts make frequent use of electronic sound and live computer processing. As a recording engineer and producer, his work can be heard on Bridge, Microfest, Innova, Orenda, and Populist Records. Scott's current projects focus on improvisation with custom software in a duo with Christopher Burns and his own system Cassini.

He is the principal bassist of the Redlands Symphony and teaches at the University of Redlands Conservatory of Music and Cal State LA. Scott studied at the Eastman School of Music with James VanDemark and the University of California San Diego with Mark Dresser.

Courses Taught at Redlands

Applied Bass
Jazz History to the 1940s
Jazz History 1940s to the present
Jazz Improvisation Ensemble

Areas of Expertise

Bass performance and pedagogy
Contemporary Music