Meet Scott Tuomi

Scott Tuomi has performed to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally as a tenor soloist and choral conductor. Known throughout the Pacific Northwest for his performances in opera, oratorio and in recital, he has been a featured tenor soloist with the Oregon Symphony, the Prague Sinfonietta, Vancouver Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Oregon Chorale, Mock’s Crest Theater, Portland Opera Players, Juniper Opera, Eugene Opera, Portland Symphonic Choir, Oregon Repertory Singers, Willamette Masterworks Chorale, Festival Chorale Oregon, and many others. In addition, he has been a guest artist at the Oregon Bach Festival and Peter Britt Music Festivals as well as with the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, the Montana Chorale, The Austin (Texas) Civic Chorale, the Pacific Northwest Chamber Chorus and the Third Angle New Music Ensemble. His repertoire includes operatic roles as diverse as Ralph Rackstraw in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M. S Pinafore, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti, Jupiter in Handel’s Semele and Camille in Lehar’s Merry Widow.

His oratorio repertoire includes a specialization in the Bach evangelist roles as well as the other standard oratorio repertoire. He has also shown a devotion to the music of Benjamin Britten, singing many of the orchestral song cycles including the Serenade for Horn, Tenor and Strings and his haunting Les Illuminations as well as the title role in St. Nicholas. Tuomi has also performed as a featured recitalist in lieder concerts including Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin and Schumann’s Dichterliebe. He is a champion of new music performing the works of many contemporary composers. He has premiered new songs by Oregon composers Timothy Stephens, Brian Johansen and Jackie Gabel, performed in the North American premier in Ivan Moody’s Passion and Resurrection in the role of the evangelist and created the role of Prince Panji in the world premier of Vincent McDermott’s opera The King of Bali.

Dr. Tuomi has conducted the Pacific University Chamber Singers in concerts throughout the United States and also internationally, recently completing a tour to Taiwan in January of 2015. The Chamber Singers have also appeared at various festivals and conventions and most recently at the memorial service for Oregon governor Victor Atiyeh. He is an established vocal teacher and is inconstant demand as a clinician, educator and adjudicator for both solo vocal and choral music throughout the northwest. He is currently Music Department Chair, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Professor of music at Pacific University. He is also director of the young men’s ensemble, Tsunami, which is part of the Pacific Youth Choir group of choirs. He maintains a private vocal studio in Portland and also directs the Balladeers at the Multnomah Athletic Club. He holds a Doctorate in Vocal Performance and musicology from the University of Arizona.