Richard Scott Cohen
RichardScott Cohen

Professor of Music
Office: MUS 103
Phone: (231) 591-2484
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Scott Cohen is a Professor and Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Ferris State University, in Big Rapids, Michigan. He is director of the FSU Symphony Band, the FSU West Central Concert Band, the FSU Community Summer Band, and the FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra. He also teaches courses in music appreciation.

Professional activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Research and Promotion of Band Music (IGEB), and on the Editorial Board of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). Cohen also holds professional music membership in the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Association of Concert Bands (ACB), the National Bandmasters Association (NBA), and the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, which awarded him lifetime honorary membership in 2006. In addition, he is a member of the North American Catalan Society (NACS).

A native of Chicago, Cohen is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar from the University of Illinois, holds masters and doctorate degrees in conducting from Northwestern University, and is a three-time Fulbright Scholar to Spain. He is active as a conductor, trombonist, private instructor, composer, arranger, music adjudicator, researcher, author and lecturer throughout the United States and Europe.


DM Conducting, Northwestern University, 1998
MM Conducting, Northwestern University, 1988
BS Music Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1984
BA Spanish, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1984

Employed at Ferris since 2002