Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson was born in Bement, Illinois on June 27, 1922. The fourth child of Arthur and Etha Wilkinson, Scott had one older sister, Mary, and two older brothers, Lew and George. Scott began studying theory under Edith Rose while he was still in high school. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Arizona, and went on to advanced studies in composition under Darius Milhaud at Mills College in California, and then at Milhaud’s home in Paris, France. After returning from France, Scott worked briefly in documentary and educational films in New York City before becoming Managing Editor at Carl Fischer, Inc., music publisher. In 1957, Scott married Linda Painton. They had two children, Jean Mary and Ann Elizabeth. Family health issues necessitated a move to the southwest in 1961. Scott and his family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he and Linda owned and operated The Music Mart. In 1968, Scott sold the Music Mart and returned to Carl Fischer for a brief period before returning to Albuquerque to accept a position in the Music Department at the University of New Mexico. Scott taught Theory and Composition at UNM, becoming coordinator of the Theory program. During his tenure at UNM, Scott assisted in coordinating the Composer’s Symposium, an annual event which draws  major composer both nationally and internationally. He was also involved with the John Robb Musical Trust at its inception, and served as the Trust chair prior to his retirement. Composition has been Scott’s major interest for most of his career, and he has written in a variety of media, many of which have been published. In 1991, Scott retired from UNM, Professor Emeritus, and in 1997 he and his wife, Linda, moved to El Paso, Texas.  Scott’s wife, Linda, passed away in 2003 and Scott returned to Albuquerque. In 2005, Scott married Jane Ellen Schermerhorn, a young lady he had known since his high school days in Bement, Illinois. Scott and Jane divide their time between Pekin, Illinois, and Albuquerque. Scott’s daughter, Jean Mary, is married to John Martinis and they have two sons, Scott Anthony and Stephen Hugh. They live in Santa Barbara, California. Scott’s other daughter, Ann Elizabeth, lives in Albuquerque.