Scott Whetham



Photo by: Marc J Chalifoux Photography, 2013.

Originally from North Vancouver, Scott Whetham joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as Principal Tuba in 1984. Ensembles with which he has performed include the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera & Ballet orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, Broadway's touring production of Annie, the National Ballet of Canada, the Calgary Philharmonic and the RCA Band. He has taught at the University of Alberta, MusiCamp Alberta (formerly MusiCamrose), the University of Regina and at the Banff International Festival of Youth Orchestras.

Scott has appeared as soloist with the ESO, performing the concertos of John Williams and Vaughan Williams. Highlights over the years include the "Northern Lights Tour", moving into the new Winspear Centre for Music, and performing at Carnegie Hall.

Scott began playing tuba in the North Vancouver Youth Band, under the direction of Arthur Smith. He studied with Dennis Miller (Vancouver Symphony), training further with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and at the Eastman School of Music. Attending classes of Arnold Jacobs, Roger Bobo, Richard Erb (trombone) and Christopher Leuba (horn) were additionally inspiring. He has been featured in broadcasts on the CBC as both performer and composer - his Nonet for Brass - after Emily Carr premiered at the International Women's Brass Conference in Toronto, and he was performer/composer at ITEC 2000.

Scott travels periodically to the UK to play in brass bands - a fascinating tradition. In Edmonton he plays with the Tarragon Tea Orchestra (a European style salon orchestra) and Bass Line Road (a modern music ensemble). He collects extremely boring postcards of Canada (in which Saskatchewan leads the nation) and enjoys the biking (carless) lifestyle.