Scott Dettra

Former Organist and Associate Director of Music

Scott Dettra served as Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral from 2007 to 2012. He was the principal organist and assists with the direction of the Cathedral choirs. One of the finest concert organists of his generation, his performances are known for their clarity, rhythmic intensity, and musical elegance. In addition to his work at Washington National Cathedral, Dettra also was Keyboard Artist of the Washington Bach Consort and organist of the Crossing, Philadelphia’s new music choir.

Dettra performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada under the management of Karen McFarlane Artists. He has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Festival appearances include the Lincoln Center Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Arizona Bach Festival, the Bermuda Music Festival, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

His debut recording, Tongues of Fire, features French music performed on the 325-rank organ of the Cadet Chapel at West Point, and may be found on the Pro Organo label. Majestus, on the Loft label, features large-scale organ favorites performed on the Great Organ of Washington National Cathedral.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Dettra holds two degrees from Westminster Choir College and has also studied jazz piano at Manhattan School of Music. His principal organ teachers have been Joan Lippincott, Dennis Keene, and his father, Lee Dettra.