Scott Bell joined the Pittsburgh Symphony as substitute second oboe in September of 1992 and became a permanent member in September 1993. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Mr. Bell was a member of the Hartford Symphony, the New Orleans Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Veracruz (México). He has also made appearances with the Atlanta, Milwaukee and Savannah symphonies.
Mr. Bell finished his last two years of high school as a scholarship student at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of John Mack. While a student at the Cleveland Insitute, Mr. Bell played with the Akron Symphony and substituted with the Cleveland Orchestra under then Music Director Lorin Maazel. Mr. Bell was a concerto competition winner both at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He also has performed with the Hartford and New Orleans symphony orchestras.
Over the past several summers, Mr. Bell has played with the Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and the Waterloo Music Festival. In 1982 Mr. Bell became the first oboist to win first prize in the Fernand Gillet Double Reed competition. In October 1996, Mr. Bell performed as guest soloist with the Southeast Iowa Symphony.
Mr. Bell is on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and also teaches privately.