Scott Merrin
Conductor – Junior Youth Symphony

Scott Merrin has been involved with music since the tender age of 5, where he learned piano.  From that point on, his development and relationship to music has been growing.  His experience in teaching and performing allows him to exhibit passion, energy and enthusiasm when on the podium.

Originally from Washington State, Scott added guitar, saxophone, electric bass and string bass to his instrument proficiency list while growing up.  He performed with school bands from 7th Grade through college, as well as being involved with the worship team at church.

After graduating from high school in 2002, Scott attended George Fox University in Newberg, OR, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2006.  He immediately enrolled in the MAT program at University of Portland in Portland, OR, where he received his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2007.

In the fall of 2007, Scott got his first teaching job in North Franklin School District in Connell, WA.  In his four years there, Scott taught grades 7-12 in band, jazz band, guitar, and music appreciation.  He also guest conducted the Inland Northwest Musicians, a classical music organization consisting of vocalists and instrumentalists, in December 2010 for their holiday concert held in Connell.

In the fall of 2011, Scott and his wife, Laura, moved to Southern California, where he began teaching at Calvary Murrieta Christian School.  In his three years at Calvary, Scott taught grades 4-12 in band, strings, jazz band, marching band, and choir.  In 2012, Scott joined the Robert Holts Jazz Orchestra as the string bass player.  Also in 2012, Scott joined the Valley Winds Community Band, playing baritone sax.  In 2013, out of the Robert Holts Jazz Orchestra, Scott became a founding member of the Second Hand Jazz Combo, which specializes in combo style jazz from the 1920’s to 1940’s.  Each month, he can be seen performing at Speakeasy at the Merc in Old Town Temecula, as well as at wineries, parties and other events in the Temecula Valley.  Also in 2013, Scott started the Celebration Orchestra at his church, Gateway Church of the Nazarene.

Most recently, in April 2014, Scott became the Director of Instrumental Music at James L. Day Middle School of the Temecula Valley Unified School District, where he teaches band, jazz band, and string orchestra for grades 6-8.

In his spare time, Scott and his wife Laura like to relax at the beach, take in Storm baseball games, and spend time traveling to visit family in both Washington State and Indiana.