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Student sitting in the music building with his trombone
Front shot of the NEW music building
Jennifer Mendez, student clarinet player
Percussion Ensemble outside of the NEW music building
Luis Sanchez, Piano and Keyboarding Professor

Debra Scott

DEBRA SCOTT is Adjunct Instructor of Music at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she teaches the String Techniques course in the Music Education sequence. In addition, she is Orchestra Director at Herman Utley Middle School in Rockwall, TX, where she leads a program of three orchestras including more than 90 students in seventh and eighth grades.

Prior to her appointment in Rockwall, she was Orchestra Director at Lee Middle School and Glenn Junior High in San Angelo, TX. During her 13 years in San Angelo, her ensembles won “Best in Class” awards at numerous regional festivals and consistently received UIL Sweepstakes Awards for their performances. She has also been on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and Northland College, and has taught private violin lessons for most of her professional life.

A native of Lubbock, TX, she received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University and her Master's degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University. Throughout her career, she has been active in organizations supporting orchestra and music education, having worked with the Columbus Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings, the Duluth-Superior Youth Orchestra, and serving as a judge for All-State and All-Region competitions in Texas, Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. She has also served on the Summer Orchestra Camp faculties at Baylor University and Texas Tech University.

During her time in Minnesota, the Duluth Central Junior High School Red Orchestra was named “Outstanding Junior High Program in Minnesota,” garnering that group a performance in St. Paul, MN, and the Duluth-Superior Sinfonia Youth Orchestra was selected to perform at the 1996 Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Convention in Minneapolis.

Scott has performed with orchestras and chamber groups throughout Texas and the Midwest and has presented clinics in Texas, Minnesota and Ohio. She has been listed in Who's Who Among American Women and Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She is supported in her efforts by her husband, David, and their daughter, Lori.