Scott is a member of ASCAP, Mensa, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), the Knights of Columbus, and sometime member of: the Music Library Association, the Indiana Library Federation, and the Handbell Musicians of America (was AGEHR).
Scott received his M.M. degree in composition in 2010, almost exactly twenty years after earning his bachelor’s degree in theory/composition. His composition teachers have included Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, and Richard N. Stewart.
Scott has been composer-in-residence for Embellish and Circle City Ringers handbell ensembles and he has written or arranged over 40 handbell pieces. In all music, he enjoys experimenting with new techniques and always loves humor. If you wish to acquire, perform, or commission a piece, handbell or otherwise, his contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.
Scott Pfitzinger is an exemplary student of music in every aspect, and this translates into the kind of composer he is: curious, willing to try new things, and a fine purveyor of the craft of composition. His music is fresh, fun, well-written and serves the need of the audiences he writes for.
He’s made his mark in the world of handbell music, writing pieces that are both challenging and satisfying for the ensemble’s players and garnering the attention of some of that world’s finest groups.
I had the genuine pleasure of working with Scott as the library liaison for the Dept. of Modern Languages at Butler University and always found him to be a true professional. He continuously took the initiative of presenting our department with research and pedagogy tools, and he always was available to help us with any of our questions or problems.
Furthermore, he did an outstanding job in coordinating the library’s annual Celebration of Scholarship, a month-long event showcasing faculty research.
Scott has a positive “Can do” attitude and a winning smile that puts everyone at ease. I will really miss having him as a colleague at Butler.
Scott writes amazing handbell music! I had the privilege of playing in Circle City Ringers with Scott, where we performed several of his pieces. He knows what handbells are capable of and writes music to showcase different aspects of the handbell sound.
His arrangement of William Tell’s Overture is one of my favorites. Originally arranged for a smaller handbell ensemble, Scott quickly modified it to suit our larger group.
I am always eager to play both Scott’s original work as well as his arranged music.