Scott Troyer

Scott Troyer 2013

Music education and music with concentrations in performance and composition

As a sophomore, Scott Troyer wrote arrangements of some of his favorite Christmas carols for his Bluffton saxophone trio in the fall of 2010. A year later, he was a published musician – "very unusual" for an undergraduate, according to Dr. Peter Terry, his composition teacher and an associate professor of music.

Six of Troyer's Christmas arrangements were published in 2011 by BRS Music.

"Ever since I started studying with Peter, I thought about getting something published," says Troyer, who began writing music as a junior at Garaway High School. But he didn't consider submitting the saxophone trio pieces initially, even though Dr. Adam Schattschneider, professor of music and Troyer's saxophone instructor, suggested that he try.
"I don't think I seriously considered it," Troyer says, "until Peter showed me the publishing company, which in March 2011 was seeking saxophone trio music for publication."
"When I saw that BRS was soliciting scores for saxophone trio, I felt like he would have a pretty good chance," says Terry, recalling that "Scott's arrangements struck me as being publishable when I first heard them. They are well written and technically accessible for a mix of performers from high school through professional players, and are for an ensemble that is often overlooked."
Terry and Schattschneider were instrumental in preparing the pieces, which were recorded in Yoder Recital Hall in April by the trio of Troyer, Schattschneider and Kitanya Murray, who graduated in 2012. Fellow Bluffton student Jonathan Luginbill served as recording engineer.
One factor in Troyer's success "was being able to rehearse and make adjustments to his arrangements as he worked on them," notes Schattschneider. "We spent several hours working on his trios before Christmas, and at rehearsals we experimented with several different options. Scott made several changes through this process that were incorporated into the published arrangements."
"After coming to Bluffton, I learned more about what goes into a good piece of music," adds Troyer, who is leaning toward pursuing a graduate program in either musicology or music theory.
"The fact that he didn't get rejected on his first try is a major reflection on the quality of his work," Terry says. "Scott pursued every aspect of this project with professionalism. This was really a model of how to approach a professional music career, and it paid off."