Scott Macmillan, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia is recognized as one of Canada’s leading musicians, and as playing an integral role in widening the audience for the music of Atlantic Canada both nationally and internationally. Equally at home on the podium, in the studio or behind a guitar, Mr. Macmillan is in great demand as a music director, performer/conductor, arranger and producer. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics at Dalhousie University, where he also took courses in music, and continued his musical training at Humber College in Toronto. During his school years he worked as a guitar player and subsequently spent five years touring as part of Rita MacNeil’s band. His Scott Macmillan Sextet was a winner in the Atlantic region for his original compositions in the Alcan Montreal Jazz Festival in 1987.
Scott Macmillan is well known for his work with Symphony Nova Scotia (SNS), with whom he has been Host Conductor of the Mostly Maritime Pops Series since 1995. For SNS he has created shows with such top Atlantic Canadian artists as Natalie MacMaster, Rita MacNeil, Raylene Rankin, J.P. Cormier, among others, and his musical collaborations have contributed significantly to the exploding Atlantic pop music scene since the mid-l980’s. This included a program of symphonic and vocal arrangements in tribute to the noted Canadian and Nova Scotian folklorist, Dr. Helen Creighton, featuring singer Clary Croft.
An exceptional guitarist, Scott Macmillan has been nominated seven times for ECMA’s, receiving the Instrumental Artist of the year Award in 1988 and Best Classical Recording for Bach Meets Cape Breton with Puirt a Baroque in 1995. His other recordings include Songs of the Cape with The Octet, Guitar Souls with David MacIsaac, and Scott Macmillan Presents the Minnie Sessions volumes, 1, 2 and 3, with guest musician friends.
Mr. Macmillan is a member of the Canadian League of Composers, an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, the Atlantic Canadian Composers Association, SOCAN, the Atlantic Federation of Musicians and the Guild of Canadian Film Composers. His contribution to the cultural life of Atlantic Canada was recognized by the University of College of Cape Breton, who awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 1997. He has received numerous awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Arts Council. Currently, with the support of the Canada Council, he is creating his first symphony, a musical exploration of palindromes. Mr. Macmillan divides his time between Halifax and Cape Breton, and is married to Jennyfer Brickenden, with whom he runs Scojen Music. They have two sons, Duncan and Ian.