John Scott 1956 – 2015

The AGO joins St. Thomas Church and the world-wide organ community in mourning the sudden passing of John Scott. John had just completed a successful European tour. He died at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City on August 11.

John served as Organist and Director of Music of Saint Thomas Church and Choir School since 2004. He previously served at Saint Paul’s Cathedral for 26 years. He was born in 1956 and is a graduate of Saint John’s College, Cambridge. In addition to his beloved wife, Lily, he is survived by two children, Emma and Alex, and two sisters, Judith and Helen.

The Solemn Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, September 12 at 11am at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and will be sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

A tribute from New York Times classical music critic James R. Oestreich


  1. Keith Charles Edwards says:

    I’d like to belatedly add: Mere words cannot describe this man. Everything in print about him is the truth. I saw it and more, still – a hard worker who toiled in his office at ungodly hours to perfect his job and calling. He was sinless – not a bad word of him. We all are fortunate that we had him.

  2. Rudolph Gartner says:

    I am very sorry to learn of the sudden passing of maestro John Scott. Condolences to his wife, children, sisters, family, and friends.

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