Scott Macmillan

Cape Breton

Scott Macmillan’s passion for creating music propels him forward seeking opportunities in all aspects of music-making, inspiring exploration into genres from rock to blues, classical to choral, Celtic to jazz, as well as modern and avant-garde. In March of 2019 Scott premiered “12 & Change” performing his concerto for electric guitar with Symphony Nova Scotia. In October 2019, he premiered “Woodland Revival” an experiential composition derived and performed by Mi’kmaw drummers, Persian, Celtic, and classical musicians. Music has taken Macmillan to many places nationally and internationally including Carnegie Hall performing his much-loved ode to our world’s oceans “Celtic Mass for the Sea”, with his partner and librettist Jennyfer Brickenden. Multiple awards, appointments, commissions, and critical reviews all reflect Macmillan’s success establishing his contribution to the music of Nova Scotia and beyond over his 40+ year career. An integral contributor to the success of the late Rita MacNeil, Scott played an equally pivotal role in the rise of the Rankin Family Band, the Nova Scotia Mass Choir and led Symphony Nova Scotia’s Maritime Pops programming for 10 years in the 1990s. In 2008, Scott began mentoring a new generation of guitarists at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University and he will be sharing the stage with one of his former students during the Festival.

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