Scott Alan Prouty
Scott Alan Prouty is considered today as one of the greatest specialists in France of children’s voices and musical pedagogy for children’s choirs. As a true “American in Paris”, he is passionate about “transmission” and his great joy is to share the joy of singing with children. Growing up in New England, USA, he was a member of vocal ensembles from an early age, performed in numerous musicals and accompanied choirs on the piano. He studied at the Eastman School of Music in New York where he obtained a Master of Arts Degree in choral conducting and music education for children.
In 1986, he arrived in Paris for a six-month internship with the Petits Chanteurs de Paris. He fell in love with Paris, France and European culture and has never left! In 1992 he created the Créteil Children’s Choir with Marc-Olivier Dupin, which became the Sotto Voce Children’s Choir in 1996. Since 2004, the choir has been hosted at the prestigious Théâtre du Châtelet, and is now one of the most renowned choirs in France and a reference for the French National Education system.
Scott Alan Prouty is often asked to prepare child soloists and choristers for performances in such prestigious venues as the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Opéra Bastille, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Opéra Garnier and the Cité de la Musique. He regularly conducts children’s operas at the Opéra national de Paris. He has conducted Brundibár by Hans Krása, Oliver Twist by Lionel Bart and Miniwanka by Robert Schaeffer. He regularly collaborates with the director Charlotte Nessi and the Justiniana Ensemble and for six years was the artistic director of the “Mois Voix d’Enfants/Espace Scénique” festival at the Théâtre Edwige Feuillère in Vesoul.
In 1990, Claude Bessy, director of the Dance School of the National Opera of Paris, appointed him as a teacher of musical expression and singing for the “Petits Rats de l’Opéra” where his classes are part of the “Demonstrations” that take place annually at the Opéra Garnier. In 2004, Elisabeth Platel, the new director of the School of Dance, named him “Head of Musical Studies” and entrusted him with the musical education of all the young artists of the school.
In June 2015, with three hundred children from schools in the City of Paris, he put together a great project entitled “La Comédie Musicale fait son Cinéma” at the Théâtre du Châtelet. On Sunday mornings he also leads “Singing Workshops” for the audience of Concerts Tôt/Concerts Tea. In 2011, Scott Alan Prouty conducted twenty performances of West Side Story at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and at the Théâtre Edwige Feuillère in Vesoul. He is often asked to conduct workshops, master classes or productions with children. In 2017, Scott Alan Prouty was elevated to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in June 2019 he received the Medal of the City of Paris.