Scott Harris was appointed as the founding director of the University of Southern Maine School of Music in 2002. During his tenure as director the school has experienced enrollment growth as well as dramatic growth in private support. He is an Associate Professor of Music at USM, where he has taught music theory, ear training, music analysis, history, and composition.
In 2001-2002 he led the development of a new graduate program in music at USM. That program was successfully launched in 2003. From 1988-1992 he was Assistant Professor of Music at Ithaca College.
Dr. Harris served for several years as the host of the Portland Symphony Orchestra's Musically Speaking lecture series, and appears often in Portland as a guest speaker about classical music. He is a composer whose works have been performed recently in Boston, New York, Portland, and Kiev, Ukraine.