Kenneth Kamal  Scott

Artist-in-Residence

 

KENNETH KAMAL SCOTT, lyric tenor with excellent coloratura abilities, is a seasoned performer who has participated in many arenas of America’s artistic world, including the dance. He has been a guest artist with the Boston Pops under John Williams, the Virginia Beach Pops, the New Jersey Philharmonic singing Uriel in Haydn’s Creation, and the lead tenor in the Messiah with the Nevada Symphony. Other engagements include Brighella and Tansmeister in Ariadne Auf Naxos, Yale Production, Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess with the Virginia Opera, supporting role in Rachel la Cubana, Net Opera Production and the cover tenor for all three tenors in "Three Mo’Tenors" at the Di Capo Opera Theater. His Broadway credits include Hello Dolly, Guys & Dolls, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and most notably, the starring role of the ’Wiz’ in the original Broadway company for five straight years, sharing the role with Andre DeShields, and in the recent revival of the same production in Houston, Texas at The Theater Under the Stars. He performed (with rave reviews) the role of the ’Griot’ in "Black Nativity" at the Fitzgerald Theatre, Minneapolis. Mr. Scott is a regular recitalist in European classics and African-American Jazz. Concerts include: portrayal of Roland Hayes in his prime, The Legacy of Roland Hayes - 2001 Salt Lake City, Utah, recital at Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center in October 2004, and on April 3, 2010, a recital at the Countee Cullen Library, Schomburg Museum, New York City.

 

In addition to his extensive performing experience, Mr. Scott is an accomplished vocal teacher, devoted to the Art of Bel Canto singing and techniques to develop both the beauty and longevity of the voice. In the late 1980’s he established the Kenneth Scott Vocal Theatre Inc., a company of singers comprised of his students and various guest artists, as an entity to support new singers. Many of his students are accomplished performing artists in their own right, working in current Broadway and other musical venues. Mr. Scott, who has vocal studios in both New York City and Boston, was a guest professor in the vocal department at Sarah Lawrence College for two years, and on faculty at the Brookline Music School, Brookline, MA. He is presently on faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music teaching Cabaret and Jazz Vocal Master Classes, and private voice lessons. In addition, he is a faculty member of Mannes College, Opera Department, teaching private voice lessons and Jazz Cabaret class.