Scott Bell has performed recitals as part of the Music in a Great Space series in Pittsburgh and in Reykjavik, Iceland, in the Hallgrímskirkja. He has also appeared with the Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony. He is also a member of the critically acclaimed Pittsburgh Reed Trio. Bell has been a member of the two-time Grammy Award winning Pittsburgh Symphony since 1993 and holds the Mr. and Mrs. William Rinehart endowed oboe chair. With the Pittsburgh Symphony, Bell has performed on six continents and participated in Grammy Award winning performances.
Bell has been on the faculties of Northern Illinois University, Tulane University, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duquesne University. He has given classes throughout North America, South America, and Asia, and has served as artist/faculty at the John Mack Oboe Camp, passing on the musical concepts and reed-making expertise of his former teacher.
Bell attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of legendary oboist and pedagogue John Mack. In 1982 Bell became the first oboist to win First Prize at the prestigious Fernand Gillet Competition and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Veracruz (Mexico).