About Scott Bergendahl
Get to know Scott Bergendahl
My piano playing started when I was very little. I grew up in a very musical household, so music was always so fascinating to me. Between my grandparents and my mom’s siblings always singing, to my father, brothers and sisters playing musical instruments, I knew I had to continue in our family’s legacy.
I am an alumnus of the Londonderry Music Department. I could not have asked for a better program to grow my love of music. I started as every young musician does, playing the violin in fourth grade and moving to percussion when I was in 5th grade. Due to my background in piano, most of my percussion "career" was on mallet percussion, ranging from the Bells to the Xylophone. Later on, I joined the Middle School Select Chorus and was chosen for the exclusive District Choir. When I had gotten to high school, I wanted a change and starting learning the low brass instruments, namely the tuba/sousaphone and the baritone horn. I owe a great deal of gratitude to Mr. Andrew Soucy, the Director of Music Emeritus in Londonderry. He taught me so much about music as a profession, but also music as a passion.
My love of music grew as I continued in my piano playing and started to learn the Pipe Organ. I have studied with some of the best people in the organ realm, most notably being Doug Marshall, founder of Marshall and Ogletree Associates, one of the leading organ builders in the country. I have been playing Organ for over 15 years, where I have served in many churches over that time. I currently serve as Director of Music and Organist at St. Hedwig Roman Catholic Church, as well as Assistant Organist at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, working alongside the Diocesan Director of Music.
After high school, I attended Gordon College, where I studied Music Education with a concentration in Organ and Tuba. I was a part of the Gordon College Wind Ensemble as the principal Tubist and solo Euphoniumist and performed in several chamber ensembles. Studying with people such as Dr. David Rox, Mr. Bill Gray, and Mr. Doug Marshall, my music education was advancing very quickly.
Throughout the years, I have also served in many musical capacities, such as playing piano for local theatre companies, dance companies, and various groups. Most notably being a vocal coach for Londonderry Dance Academy. During my time there, 4 of my students were able to audition for Broadway and get callbacks, one of them reaching to the final stage of callbacks.
Music is one of those things that will stay with you forever. It is the only thing that is consistent between all cultures across the world, which is why I feel privileged to be a part of the staff here in Manchester, where we are able to provide music to so many people, ranging from beginning students to seasoned veterans.
As an instructor, excellence in music is my first priority. Music is a great way to improve so many aspects of a persons life. It encompasses discipline, emotion, passion, and being attentive to details. It can stir up great emotions, or calm the wildest of hearts. As an artist, it is our job to create such an environment for our listeners, and as an instructor, it is my job to teach this to my students. Most importantly, however, we should always enjoy what we are doing, as then we are most apt to excel in the field. I do my best to be engaging, exciting, and educational.
Don’t stop the music!