VC Talks: an interview with Savannah Scott, GLORY Int'l Music Competition prize winner

First Prize, GLORY OPEN Int'l Vocal Competition 2019, 2019

In this series of interviews, we explore how some of the most talented and prize winning young classical musicians became interested in music, who are their musical idols, what they are working on at present, and what they strive to achieve in the future.

What was your earliest musical experience?
Fancy Feet Dance Studio. I started ballet at age three and then started doing their summer musical theatre productions and I played a munchkin in the Wizard Of Oz at age five. That is where my passion for musical theatre began.

Who are your favorite composers and why?
Lin Manuel Miranda because I love the way he adds in popular modern music elements to his shows while still following the integrity of musical theatre. He brings in a younger audience which I think is important to keep bringing new material to perform. I also enjoy the classic musicals from Rogers and Hammerstein.

Who are your musical idols?
Tori Kelly - she has one of the best voices I’ve ever heard.
Laura Osnes - she’s my musical theatre inspiration.

What is a perfect performer?
I don’t think there is one, but someone whose goal is to tell a story and wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

What music are you mostly enjoying at the moment?
Gospel music - Tori Kelly

What are the main influences in your music-making?
Tory Kelly, Adele, Lea Michelle

When you are performing, what are your thoughts?
Am I doing well? Is this going to be good enough? Also I think about how fun it is and I enjoy myself. I’m content. I’m also very connected to myself when I sing.

Where do you study music and what are your future educational plans?
I take voice with Sara Edwards and my plan is to study musical theatre in college.

What are your reasons to participate in music competitions?
To gain more experience with auditioning and I love singing and feel this is a gift I’ve been given and I want to share it.

Thank you very much for talking to us.