Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Prelude in D Major, BuxWV 139 Dietrich Buxtehude
Lied Louis Vierne
Air, Suite No. 3 Johann Sebastian Bach
Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2 Johannes Brahms
Suite Gothique Leon Boellmann
- Priere a Notre-Dame
Psalm Prelude No. 2 Herbert Howells
Odeon Ernesto Nazareth
I’ll Fly Away Henry Sexton
Symphony No. 3 Camille Saints-Saens
Scott McNulty, a resident of Central Texas since 1983, is the fulltime Principal Organist and Coordinator of Development for Sacred Music of St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, Austin. The Founder of the King’s Music Series, he directs the Ambrose Ringers handbell choir, the Cecilia Singers and instrumental ensemble, and accompanies the King’s Choir, led by Director of Music Rick Gabrillo.
The former Organist at University Presbyterian Church, Austin, and an Adjunct Professor of Music at the Art Institute of Austin, he was the Director of Liturgical Music at St. Theresa Catholic School and Coordinator of Chapel Music at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in addition to playing countless parties (classical, jazz, Broadway) in the top venues in Austin. A private music teacher for over three decades, he was the founder and coordinator of the St. Cecilia Music Series at First Presbyterian Church of Austin, General Manager for Austin ProChorus, a professional choir dedicated to the music of living composers, former director of the Austin Children’s Choir Intermediate Choir, former Interim Co-Director of the St. David’s Episcopal Church Compline Choir, and Director of Music for over eleven years at the Marbridge Foundation, Manchaca, Texas, a private residential home for mentally challenged adults.
The oldest of five children of a Presbyterian minister and housewife, Mr. McNulty grew up literally in the church, playing piano and organ by ear at the age of three, followed by formal piano lessons at age seven. At age twelve he learned to play the carillon at a downtown church, sang the lead in the operetta Hansel and Gretel, and was captivated by a visit to an organ factory in Hagerstown, Maryland. He began his official university studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and finished his Bachelor degree (church music, choral conducting) at Concordia University at Austin. His Master’s degree in Organ Performance (sacred music emphasis) is from the University of Texas at Austin, working with Drs. Gerre and Judith Hancock.
Known in the Austin area for his improvisations, Mr. McNulty has toured and played recitals all over the United States, Europe, and China, and has lead workshops on hymnology, hymn playing, and handbells as well as youth choirs. He is the past Dean of the Austin Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, past President of the Austin Chapter of the Choristers Guild, and a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. In 20003, his composition, "When the Morning Stars Together", was commissioned and premiered by the choirs and instrumentalists of St. Paul Lutheran Church, La Grange, Texas, for their 100th anniversary. As author, his articles have been published in The American Organist, Choristers Guild Letters, Overtones, Call to Worship, and Church Music Workshop (United Methodist). For many years he has been a judge and accompanist at piano festivals locally and on the state level, sponsored by the Austin District Music Teachers Association. In December 2016, he traveled with the St. Louis King’s Choir for a 10 day tour and pilgrimage to Italy, which included playing in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.