Meet Dr. Lubaroff

Faculty Profile
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Photography by Emily Jordan

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Dr. Scott Lubaroff is a great teacher because he had great teachers. Now he trains the next generation of teachers, and is aware of this lineage and his proud place in it. When his students go on to become mentors, he looks on like a proud grandparent.

As Director of Bands at the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Lubaroff directs the Wind Ensemble and Marching Mules, and teaches conducting and music education. As a conductor, he delights in collaborating with performers to sculpt sound and see a piece take on a life of its own. His work is in demand across the country as a prolific arranger and guest conductor, and as an author, he has published in scholarly journals as well as a book about the neo-classical wind works of Igor Stravinksy.

Born in Philadelphia, and raised in Iowa City, IA, Scott had no designs on pursuing music when he finished high school. His father was a scientist, and Scott entered college as a biology major. But his family had instilled in him a passion for music through constant exposure and frequent discussion of classical, jazz, and popular musicians. Though Scott’s parents were not musicians, they were his first great music teachers. The next was his older brother who played saxophone and inspired Scott to do the same.

Once in college, it was Scott’s bandmates and music professors that he enjoyed the most, and his music classes that he anticipated the most. He made the decision to switch his major to music education so that he could have the same guiding influence and inspirational impact on others as his teachers had on him. The key lesson they taught him was that teachers exist to serve their students and the art, not the other way around. During his tenure as Director of Bands at Williamsburg High School, in Southeast Iowa, Dr. Lubaroff began his graduate education, earning an MA in music education, an MFA in conducting, and a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree, also in conducting. He then served as the Associate Director of Bands at Kansas Sate University, before joining the UCM faculty in 2005.

Under Dr. Lubaroff’s direction, the UCM Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform regionally and internationally, including a March, 2010 debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall, where they received a standing ovation from an audience of over 2,000. The UCM Wind Ensemble has since been invited to give a return performance in Carnegie Hall in March of 2016. They were also featured at the 2014 Southwest Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, and have been selected to perform for the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference in 2015, 2011, and 2008.  As thrilling as such student successes are, equally gratifying to Dr. Lubaroff is that he gets to replace himself every year, over and over, by training and introducing young music educators into the profession.

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