Randall Scarlata is a dedicated and gifted teacher. He currently serves on the faculty of both West Chester University in PA, and Stony Brook University in NY. He joined the faculty of the Swope School of Music at West Chester University in 2003, and Stony Brook in 2011. He also maintains a private studio in Philadelphia, and also regularly teaches in New York City. He works regularly with professional singers who perform with top symphonies, recital series, and at major opera houses in the US and abroad, including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Covent Garden, Opera Philadelphia, English National Opera, Santa Fe, and La Scala, among others. They are regular guests at international summer festivals, such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, Tanglewood, Glimmerglass, Oberlin in Italy, Central City Opera, the Brevard Festival, the Marlboro Festival, American Bach Soloists Festival, Ravinia, and Songfest. They have also won prizes in major singing competitions, such as the NATSAA Award, the Gerda Lissner Competition, The New York Oratorio Society Competition, The Zachary Competition, The Licia Albanese Puccini Competition, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Sullivan Foundation.
Mr. Scarlata's philosophy of singing comes from his studies with the most renowned, international pedagogues. His teachers of voice have included Beverley Peck-Johnson, Marlena Malas, Carol Blaickner-Mayo, and John Maloy. His love of art song and its interpretation come from studies with Dalton Baldwin, Norman Shetler, Ernst Haefliger, Graham Johnson, Thomas Grubb, and Kenneth Merrill. Mr. Scarlata spent several summers studying with the great French baritone, Gérard Souzay. In addition, he has worked with Peter Schreier, Elly Ameling, Chistoph Eschenbach, Edith Mathis, Leonard Hokanson, Roger Vignoles, and Thomas Hampson in masterclass settings.
The Washington Post"It is impossible to imagine Randall Scarlata singing a mechanical or thoughtless phrase. Scarlata searches out the Platonic essence of what he plans to sing and then uses every attribute at his disposal to create the most appropriate and fully dimensional realization possible.”
Mr. Scarlata frequently collaborates with performing arts centers in outreach work. Through his work with organizations such as the Kennedy Center, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two, Madison Civic Center, The New Hampshire Music Festival, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, The Institute for Advanced Study, and La Jolla Chamber Music Society, he has brings music and arts education to groups who may otherwise never experience live classical music.
Many have enjoyed seeing Randall Scarlata in a masterclass environment. He presented classes at the New England Conservatory, NYU, The Hartt School of Music, the Chautauqua Institute, SUNY Potsdam, Williams College, Iowa State University, CSU Chico, Southwest Missouri State College, Weber State University, University of Georgia, Western Michigan University, Mary Baldwin College, Westminster Choir College, Southwest Texas State University, University of Nebraska, The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, Dickinson College, The Geneva Art Song Festival, and at Guizhou University in China.
In the summer of 2011, Mr. Scarlata started a new Song and Vocal Chamber Music program for the Alpine Chamber Music Festival in Carinthia, Austria. For approximately two weeks, university and conservatory students, as well as advanced amateurs, gather for intensive study of chamber music and German song.
In 2015, Mr. Scarlata joined pianist Tanya Bannister as Co-artistic director of Alpenkammermusik. This is a wonderful, small, and intense program in an idyllic setting. For more information, please visit www.alpenkammermusik.com.
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