Director of Music
As Music Director/Organist at the Catholic Church of the Nativity in Bartlett, TN, Dr. Scott Elsholz leads a vibrant music ministry of five vocal and instrumental ensembles.
Previously, he served as organist at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Memphis, Canon Organist/Choirmaster at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Memphis, where he led a comprehensive cathedral music program, was responsible for developing larger diocesan-wide music and liturgy initiatives, and served as artistic director for the Music at St Mary’s concert series. in addition to Episcopal and Lutheran parishes in Michigan and Indiana. He has also previously worked as an adjunct organ/church music professor at Eastern Michigan University and he developed a new church music curriculum for undergraduate organ students at Indiana University.
In 2013, Scott was awarded Doctor of Music degree summa cum laude in Organ Performance/Literature at Indiana University, where he studied with Drs. Marilyn Keiser and Larry Smith. He also served the Jacobs School of Music as an Associate Instructor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Church Music, Piano, and Music Theory.
Scott earned his doctorate in Organ Performance/Literature summa cum laude from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and received his B.M. and M.A. degrees in organ performance from Eastern Michigan University, where he studied organ and improvisation with Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra. As a student at Eastern Michigan, Scott received many awards and honors, including first prize in the prestigious Graduate Music Competition. He served the music department as a university fellow and as a graduate assistant in music theory and was later named Adjunct Professor of Organ following Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra’s retirement.
Scott has concertized extensively and has performed in numerous master classes and organ/improvisation seminars. He was named an official competitor in the 2006 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. In 2001, he was selected as a participant in the Smarano Organ and Clavichord Symposium held in Smarano, Italy and has been sought after as a teacher and clinician.
Scott lives in Memphis with his 5-year-old daughter Clarabella whose inquisitive mind and unbridled joy inspire him every day. As a family, they enjoy cooking together, playing tea party, and pretending to be superheroes.
Scott Elsholz, DM
Director of Music
Church of the Nativity
5955 St. Elmo Rd.
Memphis, TN 38135