Scott Alan Prouty

An American living in Paris since 1986, and a specialist in children’s voices, he graduated from the Eastman School of Music of New York in choir direction and pedagogy for children, and he conducts numerous concerts and makes tours in France and other countries. In 1990, he was appointed professor of musical and body expression and of singing at the School of Dance of the Paris National Opera. In 1992, with the help of Marc-Olivier Dupin, he created the children's choir, Sotto Voce, which has performed in the biggest halls of France and abroad. In residence at the Théâtre du Châtelet for more than 10 years, he also works regularly at the Paris National Opera in collaboration with Charlotte Nessi of the Ensemble Justiniana where he conducts operas for children. A great pedagogue, he guides children to original performances in an eclectic repertoire.

Scott Alan PROUTY
I created Sotto Voce more than 20 years ago, with the support of the city of Créteil. I wanted to create a kind of "artistic family" where children could feel good, learn to sing, develop their creativity and artistic personality, discover the happiness of being onstage, and learn the rigour and importance of forming a team spirit.

I am from the United States. There, the culture of movement is really anchored in the work of choirs. You never see static choirs, they move constantly. There, all kids are exposed to musicals while going to school. They are used to singing. And then there's jazz, too. There is the idea that the body must be inhabited to sing, that it is a total performance.

Having grown up in New England in the USA, my musical education has been very eclectic: large music conservatories, school choirs, madrigal groups and barbershop quartets, playing musicals since the age of 8 years old, and the many evenings spent listening to Count Basie and Lionel Hampton's Big Band orchestras, jazz clubs in New York and the awesome summers in Tanglewood, Massachusetts, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its Choir Festival under the direction of my idol, Leonard Bernstein. My biggest happiness when I was young was to spend my Sunday in New York City watching "The” new Broadway musical!

All these experiences have given me a strong desire to transmit music to children through my passion for singing and for the stage. When I came to France, I naturally let myself be somewhat won over by the French spirit, this form of classicism, but I nevertheless retained this culture of movement.

For the past 10 years, we have been lucky enough to be in residence at the Théâtre du Châtelet.
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