Noted as "a standout inspiration", Scott Deal is an active performer of new works. His appearances as a soloist or chamber musician include venues in London, Atlanta, Boston, Washington DC, Moscow, and at the Sub Tropics New Music Festival, May in Miami, SEAMUS International Electronic Music Conference, Northwest Percussion Festival and Percussive Arts Society (PAS) 2001 and 2005 International Conventions. Composers whose works he has premiered include John Luther Adams, Matthew Burtner, Robin Cox, Emma Lou Diemer, David Heuser, Dorothy Hindman, Charles Norman Mason, Greg Mrytle, Nick Ramliak, Carlos Surinach, John Van der Slice and Henry Wolking.
A specialist in melding music with new technology, he is a founding member ART GRID, an Internet2, telematic performing ensemble comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of musicians, artists, dancers and actors. In conjunction with ART GRID, he has formed one of the world's first student telematic ensembles at UAF. Recently Dr. Deal completed a series of articles and video demonstrations on the topic of percussion technology for the 3rd edition of Teaching Percussion by Gary Cook. In 2005 Dr. Deal launched the Alaska Summer Percussion Institute in the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, a two-week intensive of performance training in classical, world and jazz mediums.
As a student, he was past winner or finalist in several prestigious competitions, including the Music Teacher's National Association Collegiate Artist Competition (1st place), the Cincinnati Conservatory Concerto Competition (winner), the Percussive Arts Society International Solo Marimba Competition (2nd place), and the Louise D. McMahon International Artist Competition for Wind and Percussion Instruments (finalist). He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Miami, where as a scholarship student he studied with Fred Wickstrom and Ney Rosauro. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, studying with the Percussion Group Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cameron University, studying with Dr. James Lambert.
He was previously the Timpanist/Principal Percussionist of the Miami Symphony, and on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts, where in 1994 he was voted teacher of the year. In 1995 he moved to Alaska and launched the percussion program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has served as Principal Percussionist of the Fairbanks Symphony, Timpanist of the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, and is currently on the artist faculty for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. He has been a contributor to Percussive Notes Magazine, and serves regularly as an adjudicator, lecturer and clinician throughout the United States. Dr. Deal is a Yamaha Artist, and endorses Sabian cymbals and Pro-Mark drum sticks.