Jasen Scott is a conductor, pianist and vocalist raised in the cowboy boots country of Tamworth, NSW, AU, with a diverse portfolio including work as a musician, vocal coach, entrepreneur, musical director and arranger. Always with a bit of tongue-in-cheek, Jasen explores the music of the modern world in the context of the musicians of yesteryear.
Working as an ensemble and solo musician with organisations such as the NSW Department of Education, and touring professional and amateur theatre groups, Jasen has established a strong CV for the age of 22. Just five years since leaving high school, Jasen is in his final year of the Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium.
Jasen has studied with several teachers throughout his career, most notably his current piano teacher and Australian Concert Pianist, Stephen McIntyre, OAM. He studied classical and jazz piano with Dr. Jane Hammond (Monash University) for four years, and conducting with Jennifer Turner (ex-Melbourne Conservatorium).
His portfolio is not limited to piano and conducting however - he is also a respected Clarinet player, playing with orchestras such as the Australian Youth Orchestra, the NSW State Senior Wind Orchestra performing at the Sydney Opera House, and the NSW West of the Divide Concert Band.
Arranging and composition is one of Jasen's core competencies, with his most notable work including professional arrangements for the NSW Department of Education. Other clients have included the City of Port Philip Council, St Kilda Film Festival, The Crescendo Orchestra and the Epiphanies Showcase (2017). He also directed, arranged and conducted the Crescendo Showcase (2015): a showcase featuring a 45-piece orchestra and 26 vocalists in a three-hour spectacular, raising funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Other past clients and shows included in Jasen's CV are the Tamworth Musical Society (Seussical, My Fair Lady, Company, Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera), Western Arts Theatre Inc. (Annie, Never), Koonung S. C. (The Wedding Singer), MLOC Productions (Young Frankenstein), Peoples' Playhouse Theatre Company (Annie), and Catholic Schools' Celebrate (NSW). He also works regularly throughout Melbourne as an accompanist, performance and vocal coach for VCE Exam Students, AMEB Exam Students, and other specialist performances.
Jasen is the Artistic & Managing Director of Crescendo Music Australia - his own creation - for which he manages, arranges music for and directs the Crescendo Orchestra. He directed the orchestra's previous two YouTube series', and will direct the orchestra's third season later this year. He has overseen the organisation's operations & management since its conception in 2016, working with over 100 different musicians and artists and a portfolio of clients in its relatively new life. Past projects have included regional and interstate tours, recording projects with commercial artists, arrangement contracts and orchestral contracting for live & recorded performance.
Prior to his work as a musician, Jasen worked through the corporate management ranks at McDonald's Australia, learning key skills as a business and operational manager through the organisation's RTO program, eventually earning him a Certificate III in Retail Operations and a Certificate IV in Frontline Management. Since commencing study at the University of Melbourne, Jasen has further developed these management skills in the Faculty of Business, Economics & Management through various management subjects - consistently achieving First Class Honours in this area.
Throughout his younger life, Jasen grew up in the environment of technical aspects of performance. Alongside the guidance of respected technical director & sound engineer Peter Scott (his father), Jasen has a highly competent skill level in technical aspects of performance and recording. In 2015, he was awarded a Certificate III in Live Production, Theatre & Events (Technical Operations), and has extensive knowledge of the operation of audio, lighting, visual and staging elements.
Jasen was the 2013 recipient of the Jeff & Hazel Lee Youth Piano Scholarship. He was also a recipient of the Order of Australia for Service to the Community in 2012, and a regular recipient of recognition for his ongoing community service work. These awards are a testament to the hands-on experience that Jasen has in managing projects of all shapes and sizes... and furthermore, his generosity to support a good cause.
In his "spare time", Jasen enjoys a nice evening of cooking while watching #HYBPA or Hotel Hell and curling up on the couch by the heater with a rug and a glass of wine. Apparently musicians relax.. sometimes.
Updated 28th May, 2018.