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Jim Scully

Jim Scully is a composer, performer and educator in the fields of contemporary classical music, electroacoustic music and jazz studies. Scully holds degrees in music from CSU Bakersfield and UC Irvine and has previously taught music at the collegiate level at Bakersfield College and UC Irvine.  His position at CSUB sees him currently teaching an array of courses in the fields of Music Theory, Jazz Studies, Composition and Music Technology.  In addition, he is busy as a Producer/Director of various ensembles and concert series. He currently serves as Director of the CSU Bakersfield Guitar Arts Series, Director of Jazz Ensembles, Director of the Audio/MIDI Lab and Assistant Director of the Bakersfield Jazz Festival

As a composer, Scully is an ASCAPlus Award winner, and has received grants from American Composers Forum, University Research Council and the Teacher Learning Center at CSU Bakersfield.  He has had works commissioned by Rachel Arnold, Ashley Addington and Keith Calmes and his music has been performed at venues throughout the United States.  Select compositions are available on the Navona, Beauport Classical and Keith Calmes Music labels.   

Jim currently lives in Bakersfield, California with his wife Jennifer Neil and their three sons Aidan, Maxwell and Dylan.

Please visit his personal site for a complete biolist of compositions, upcoming gigs and other professional events on the horizon.  Please visit his YouTube channel for videos of important performances from the recent past and find him on Facebook or Twitter.


Current Courses

Music 105 - Jazz Appreciation

Music 211 - Teaching Music with Technology

Music 255/455 - Guitar Ensemble

Music 256/456 - Large Jazz Ensemble

Music 277 - Jazz Improvisation

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Chris Dunigan
Reviewer, Classical Guitar Magazine

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Scully at the 26th Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival Details »