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Nicholas Scales Bio
Nicholas Scales

Dr. Nicholas Scales, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor

Office: Mary Moody Northen Hall, Room 256
Email: nscales@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2849
Home Page:  www.wtamu.edu/~nscales

Professional Profile

Upon arriving to WTAMU as a faculty member in 2005, Nick Scales brought more than 15 years performance and teaching experience back to his alma mater where he completed his B.M. in 1989. He has a master of music degree from the University of North Texas (1993) and completed a doctorate of musical arts from Texas Tech University (2010). Scales has been a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and worked as an orchestral double bassist in various capacities including principal bassist for the Richardson and Garland/Las Colinas symphonies (Texas), as well as regular section or substitute bassist in several numerous professional ensembles including the Tulsa Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, and the Shreveport Symphony. He has performed numerous solo recitals and performances and is in demand as a clinician and guest artist.  

Teaching and Related Service

Scales serves at WTAMU as assistant professor of double bass and his teaching duties have included jazz bass, electric bass, jazz ensembles, music theory, music business courses and music appreciation. He has also served as interim coordinator of the music with elective studies in business degree and instructor of string techniques.

Scales currently serves as principal bass of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra. He recently was principal bass and section bass for the Bear Valley Music Festival in California. He’s a member of Polk Street Jazz in Amarillo and a regular freelance jazz bassist in the area.

Scales is a board member of the Amarillo Jazz Society and is active in the music education community of Amarillo. He’s a member of the International Society of Bassists and has served as an adjudicator in the ISB international young bassists competition as well as editor of the Roll Call column in Bass World magazine.

Research and Creative Activity

Scales is interested in all areas relating to bass playing and pedagogy including classical, jazz, solo and electric bass.

Personal Sketch

Scales lives in Amarillo with his wife Lori, who is the ASO assistant principal double bassist and their two daughters who are involved in instrumental music and the Lone Star Ballet. The house is busy between kids, the Sheltie, a cat and instruments in almost every open corner!