UCF Music Department
Scott Lubaroff

Scott Lubaroff

  • Director of Bands
  • Adjunct

Office Hours: Open-door policy & by appointment
Campus Location: PACM206
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Scott Lubaroff is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Central Florida, where he conducts the UCF Wind Ensemble and overseas all areas of the university’s comprehensive bands program, which includes three directors, three graduate assistants, four concert bands, chamber winds, the 300+ member Marching Knights, and the Jammin’ Knights Pep Band. Dr. Lubaroff guides the graduate program in instrumental conducting and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and music education.

Prior to his appointment at UCF, Dr. Lubaroff served as Director of Bands (2005-2017) and Chair of the Department of Music (2014-2017) at the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg. Under his direction, the UCM Wind Ensemble performed twice in Carnegie Hall (2016, 2010), made three appearances in seven years as a featured ensemble at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference (2015, 2011, 2008), and performed for the Southwest Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (2014). The Marching Mules grew by more than 50 percent during his twelve years at UCM and Dr. Lubaroff and the UCM Bands were deeply involved in the commissioning of new works by many of today’s most prominent and rising composers for wind band and chamber winds, and his graduate conductors went on to accept collegiate and high school teaching positions throughout the United States, as well as conducting assistantships in some of the nation’s most prominent doctoral programs. In 2013, Dr. Lubaroff was recognized with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, and was also the 2009 recipient of the UCM College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences’ New Faculty Achievement Award.

Dr. Lubaroff also served previously as Associate Director of Bands at Kansas State University (2001-2005), and Director of Bands at Williamsburg High School, in Iowa (1991-1997). He earned his DMA from Michigan State University, and MFA, MA, and BM degrees from The University of Iowa. He is very active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for concert and marching bands, throughout the United States and internationally, including leading the International Conducting Symposium at Mahidol University in Salaya/Bangkok, Thailand. His publications include a book on the neo-classical wind music of Igor Stravinsky, published by the Edwin Mellen Press, a transcription for wind band of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Éljen a Magyár, Op. 332, and a peer-reviewed article in the “Journal of Band Research,” on Paul Hindemith’s Konzertmusic für Blasorchester, Op. 41.

Dr. Lubaroff is a passionate advocate for the development of new music for mixed winds and for combined acoustic and electroacoustic instruments, and he is a staunch defender of public education and for music in America’s schools. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, and the National Association for Music Education. He also holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, and is a proud Sinfonian of Phi Mu Alpha.


  • D.M.A. in Conducting from Michigan State University (2001)
  • M.F.A. in Conducting from The University of Iowa (1999)
  • M.A. in Music Education from The University of Iowa (1998)
  • B.M. in Saxophone; Music Education from The University of Iowa (1991)

Selected Publications


  • Lubaroff, Scott. An Examination of the Neo-Classical Wind Works of Igor Stravinsky: the Octet for Winds and Concerto for Piano and Winds (New York: The Edwin Mellen Press)


  • Lubaroff, Scott. "Exposing" Your Students: Thoughts on Literature Selection for the Public School Concert Band. Journal of the National Band Association, Vol. XXXXVIII, No. 2, pp. 29-32.
  • Lubaroff, Scott. Paul Hindemith - "Konzertmusik für Blasorchester," Op. 41: History and Analytical Discussion. Journal of Band Research, Vol. XL, No. 2, Spring, 2005, pp. 1-19.
  • Lubaroff, Scott. Balanced Conducting: From Grip to Pattern. Journal of the National Band Association, Vol. XLII, No. 2, pp. 33-35.

Musical compositions

  • Éljen A Magyár!: Polka Schnell, Op. 332, by Johann Strauss, Jr., Transcription for Wind Band by Scott Lubaroff (Kansas City: Wingert-Jones Music)

Updated: May 24, 2017

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