Scott E. Cullen
Mr. Cullen teaches instrumental music for grades 7 through 12 for the Octorara Area School District. Prior to working at Octorara, Mr. Cullen taught elementary band and middle school performing arts classes for the Central Bucks School District. Mr. Cullen joined the music department at Octorara in 2002 and teaches high school music electives such as guitar, piano, music theory, and music appreciation, in addition to teaching middle school band, high school band, high school marching band, and high school jazz band.
An active performer, Scott is the principal trombonist with the New Holland Band and the Chester County Pops Orchestra, is a member of the Main Line Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Orchestra Concordia, Allegro Orchestra Lancaster, the Lancaster Brass Quintet. As a freelance musician, he has performed in pit orchestras at the Fulton Theatre and the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster, the Bravo Theater Company in West Chester, and at various high schools in southeastern Pennsylvania.
In addition to his activities as an educator and a trombonist, Mr. Cullen also enjoys working as a conductor. He was invited to co-direct the Chester County Youth Wind Ensemble in 2017 and he was also named the Associate Conductor of the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds in January 2018. He has also conducted the Chester County Pops Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Concert Band at West Chester University.
Mr. Cullen is also involved with the annual high school musical coaching the vocalists and conducting the pit orchestra. Mr. Cullen also has experience working with local community theater groups. He directed “The Music Man” and “Little Shop of Horrors” for the Jennersville YMCA and was the music director for the production of “Hairspray” at Streetlamp Productions in Rising Sun, Maryland. Scott has also dabbled slightly as an actor and performed the roles of Marcellus Washburn in ‘The Music Man” and Aldolfo in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” both musicals produced by the Avon Grove Community Theater.
Scott earned his Bachelor’s degree in music education from West Chester University in 2001. He returned to WCU to earn his Master’s degree in music education with an emphasis in technology in 2009, followed by a second Master’s degree in music performance in wind conducting in 2015. Since completing his degree in conducting, Mr. Cullen has attended master classes in wind conducting at Temple University and West Chester University, working with conductors Dr. Andrew Yozviak, Dr. Gregory Martin, Dr. Kevin Sedatole, H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. Emily Threinen, Col. Arnald Gabriel (ret) and Michael Haithcock.
Mr. Cullen’s organization affiliations include the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, the Association of Concert Bands, Phi Beta Mu - The International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi.