Lycoming College faculty member accepted into OperaWorks

Sara Scott has been performing since the age of 7 and has been an active member of the local music community ever since, including her position as a voice faculty member at Lycoming College. When the opportunity to gain some additional performing experience in an opera setting with the nationally acclaimed OperaWorks came along, she jumped at the chance.

Now, in preparation for her time with OperaWorks, Scott will perform a recital 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall at Lycoming College.

OperaWorks is known for their innovative, holistic approach to developing opera professionals as complete artists and solo entrepreneurs. Scott submitted recordings of her vocal performances, participated in highly competitive national auditions and was one of 26 people selected for OperaWorks’ 4-week Advanced Artist Program this July in Los Angeles, California.

OperaWorks’ Advanced Artist Program is “geared toward professional artists, those with Young Artist Program credits, and career-oriented graduate students who want to fine-tune their performance techniques and improve marketability.” The program is taught in a non-competitive environment and participants perform in multiple classes every day to explore new forms of expression, decrease negative self-talk, build confidence and achieve artistic freedom. The faculty consists of world-class professionals who are experts in their fields with sound foundations in the operatic traditions, and who are also willing to lay aside those traditions to seek out new ways of approaching the performing craft and making opera come alive for audiences today.

During her time with OperaWorks, Scott will join alumni who are on stage at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, La Scala and the English National Opera, to name a few and will specifically study performance techniques, acting, musical/dramatic analysis, conducting, improvisation, yoga, physical theater, the Alexander Technique and have private coaching. She will also take business classes including career planning, social media and marketing for performing artists.

“In the world of music, you never really stop learning,” Scott said. “I always try to keep growing as a vocalist, and programs like OperaWorks help me do just that.”

Currently in her third year of teaching as a voice professor at Lycoming College, Scott’s unique sound embodies the honesty and richness of classic country with a dash of powerhouse vocals. Although there will always be a special place in her heart for country music, she hopes her time with OperaWorks will help her gain some additional performing experience in an opera setting, make new connections, and grow as a vocalist.

“This experience will also help me to bring new teaching insights to my studio students,” Scott said.

The OperaWorks programs are “meant for artistic growth and experience, so I’ve been participating in performances and recitals that involve researching new pieces, practice, and performing,” Scott said.

As part of that endeavor, her upcoming recital will be a program of art songs and arias. Scott will be joined by Kristin Ivers on piano and the program will include works by Mozart, Puccini, Faure, Offenbach, Schumann, Schubert and more. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to assist Scott with her tuition, housing and travel expenses for OperaWorks.

For those wishing to donate who cannot make the recital or have questions, email sarascottmu sic@gmail.com, visit Sara’s GoFundMe page on Facebook, or visit her website at www.sararscott.com.

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