Associate Professor of Music

Piano, Music Theory

(904) 256-7388


Scott Watkins has appeared as recitalist and soloist with orchestra in more than thirty countries around the world, including China, Austria, Germany, England, France, Italy, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Haiti, the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, and El Salvador.  He has performed as soloist under conductors Andrew Davis, David Lloyd-Jones, Fabio Mechetti, Heping Liu, and Roger Nierenberg among others. Watkins has given three solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has performed at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and at the Chicago Cultural Center.  In demand as a collaborative artist, Watkins has performed with soprano Elizabeth Futral, violinists Eugene Fodor and Hilary Hahn, and is a frequent musical partner with members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and colleagues at Jacksonville University.  He has also appeared numerous times at the St. Augustine Music Festival in Florida.  Folio Weekly called Watkins "a polished player in his prime."  Since 2011, Watkins has been Visiting Foreign Scholar at Beifang University in Yin Chuan, China, where he gives lectures, masterclasses, and recitals.  While in China in spring, 2012, he was also Visiting Professor at Ningxia Teacher’s University in Guyuan.


Also active as a composer, Watkins’ Two Poems by Walt Whitman for Baritone and Orchestra was given its world premiere in March, 2010 at Jacksonville University.  He has four feature-length film scores to his credit and works with JU Film Studies professor and director Carolina Conte.  His recent works are Fanfare for Oboe and Viola which was commissioned by Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra principal oboist Eric Olsen, and Conversations for Two Flutes and Piano.  He has given world premiere performances by Elie Siegmeister, Ned Rorem, and recently performed Jian-jun He’s Piano Sonata No. 1 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.  Watkins has studied piano with Bela Siki, Raymond Dudley, Marilyn Neely, Alexis Weissenberg, and Edward Kilenyi.  He has also studied composition with Gordon Goodwin, and film scoring with Lee Holdridge. 

Doctor of Music, the Florida State University

Master of Music, the University of South Carolina

Bachelor of Music, Cincinatti College Conservatory of Music