Biography

Col Legno

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“Col Legno performs an intriguing array of repertoire and plays with great finesse and creativity, presenting a program that is both entertaining and moving.”
– Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Professor of Bassoon, University of Texas

The Col Legno Duo takes its name from the Italian musical term meaning “with the wood.” Amy Pollard (bassoon) and Scott Pollard (marimba/percussion) have performed and presented clinics together to both national
and international acclaim. With an eye towards expanding the repertoire of this unique instrumental combination, Col Legno has arranged numerous works and recently hosted an international composition contest that featured over 100 submissions from 20 different countries.

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Based in Athens, GA, the husband and wife duo have performed in South America as well as at major venues across the US, including Rice University, the University of Texas, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, the University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Louisiana State University, University of Alabama, and the University of South Carolina. Col Legno has also made appearances at conferences such as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the International Double Reed Society conference. The duo is passionate about education and frequently combines master classes and clinics with recitals. One of the major goals for the group is creating chamber music experiences that are accessible, informative, and diverse.


Amy

PollardMusicians085Amy Pollard, a native of Cincinnati, OH, is the Associate Professor of Bassoon at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She formerly served as lecturer of bassoon at Baylor University and has also been on faculty at the University of Dayton and the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts. During the summer she has been on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Center Advanced Bassoon Institute. She is currently second bassoonist with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

Amy has performed as a soloist with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony as well as with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players. An avid chamber musician, she has performed at venues throughout the United States and also in Ireland, Belgium, and Argentina with such groups as the Georgia Woodwind Quintet, the Baylor University Woodwind Quintet, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players. Her bassoon-percussion duo, Col Legno, has performed recitals and presented master classes at numerous venues throughout the country.

Amy received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University.


Scott

PollardMusicians053Scott Pollard, a native of Raleigh, NC, has held full-time percussion/timpani positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the US Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. Currently an active freelance musician throughout the Southeast, Scott performs regularly with the Atlanta Symphony, NC Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Alabama Symphony, and plays principal percussion/timpani with the NC Opera, Carolina Ballet, and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. In recent years he’s been a featured soloist with the NC Symphony and the Virginia Arts Festival, and in the past performed with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and Houston Grand Opera.

Scott is a founding member of the Attacca Percussion Group and the Col Legno Duo (bassoon/percussion). He has presented hundreds of educational clinics, chamber music recitals, and calypso band performances (he’s an avid steel drummer) throughout the country, including at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and several statewide Days of Percussion. Internationally, he has performed and given master classes throughout Europe and South America. He is proud to maintain artist endorsements with the Zildjian Cymbal Company, Vic Firth, Incorporated, and Majestic/Mapex Percussion.

Scott currently serves as the Artist Affiliate in Percussion at Emory University in Atlanta, and maintains a private studio in Athens, GA. Former teaching positions include Interim Professor of Percussion at the University of Georgia and Director of Percussion for the NC Governor’s School. Scott earned his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his Master’s of Music from Rice University.