LARRY SCULLY is a pianist with a broad and diverse background. He has performed recitals, concerti with orchestras, and chamber music throughout the United States and Europe. In 2002 he performed the premier of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Hungary's leading composer - Fryges Hidas. Dr. Scully has performed with the Penderecki String Quartet, the Minnesota Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony and the St. Paul Civic Symphony, as well as dozens of chamber works under the auspices of the Valdosta Chamber Players. He made his European debut in 1984 in Germany and his New York debut in 1987 at Lincoln Center.
LARRY SCULLY received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and has done postdoctoral studies at the Conservatory of Music in Munich, Germany. His piano teachers include Bernhard Weiser, Leon Fleisher and Jorg Demus. He studied composition with Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento. In 1980 he received 6th place in the International Bach Competition for Pianists in Washington, D.C. and was a finalist in the 1988 and 1990 International Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to having served twice as Department Head for the Department of Music at Valdosta State University, he has served as Chair of the Keyboard Area and is a Professor of Music. He is a member of the Georgia Music Educator's Association, the Georgia Music Teacher's Association and the Georgia Citizens for the Arts, and served as Instructor of Piano for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program from 1988 to 1996. From 1978 to 1987 Dr. Scully was on the faculty of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, and has performed there several times recently on early fortepianos at the National Museum of Music on the campus. He served as principal pianist with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra for 18 years and is founder and Director of the Valdosta Chamber Players (a non-profit chamber music group that performs throughout the South Georgia region.) Dr Scully is a member of the Graduate Faculty, and was selected as a Georgia Governor's Teaching Fellow in 1998-99.
His students have won many awards locally, regionally, nationally and internationally over the years and many are currently on the faculties of several universities. He is proud to have taught and graduated the first two students in the newly developed Master of Music in Piano Performance degree program.
Dr. Scully is an avid gardener, gourmet cook, football fan, and member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. His friends and students frequently call him a "Renaissance Man". When not teaching at Valdosta State University, traveling on tour, going to a football game, or attending conventions, Dr. Scully can most likely be found at his summerhouse in Washington County, GA tending his two acre vegetable garden, hundred acres of pine trees, or enjoying the serenity of nature with his Boykin spaniel, Sonja. He has two sons - Bernhard, a professor of French Horn at the University of Illinois; and Joseph, a social worker. Bernhard lives in Champaign, IL with his wife Sarah, a music therapist, and two daughters; and Joseph lives in Minneapolis, MN.