Scott Skiba

Instructor of Voice/Opera Workshop, Interlochen Arts Academy

M.M., Opera Theatre, Oberlin Conservatory of Music; B.M., Vocal Performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Scott Skiba is instructor of voice and opera at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Scott is also Executive Director and faculty member for the Oberlin in Italy summer program in Arezzo, Italy, and on the voice and stage directing faculty of the Musica nelle Marche program of study in Urbania, Italy. As the Director of Operations and Resident Stage Director for Opera per Tutti, he has recently directed productions of La Bohème, Il Tabarro, Il Segreto di Susanna, and Pagliacci. His additional directing credits include more than 15 new productions for Opera Circle Cleveland, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music and Pittsburgh Opera. Scott's past teaching appointments include assistant professor of voice and opera workshop at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music and associate instructor of voice at The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. A regular guest clinician, Scott offers workshops in Voice, Singing Acting, Audition Techniques, Professional Development and ImaginAction©, the singing acting technique he has developed in the classroom and workshop settings throughout the United States and Italy.

As a singing actor, Scott has performed throughout the United States and Italy in over 300 performances of more than 35 leading roles, and in soloist appearances with the Indianapolis Opera, Bloomington Music Works, Opera Western Reserve, Pittsburgh Opera, Olney Theater Center, DuPage Opera Theater, Opera Circle Cleveland, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Scott draws upon his experience as a director, performer, classically trained dancer, actor and martial artist to help singing actors develop the skills to imaginatively interpret character-specific meaning and intention behind music, text and stage direction, and to develop physical and vocal characterization skills in order to more dynamically communicate through powerfully motivated character-specific physical and vocal actions on-stage.

With more than 10 years experience teaching students at the collegiate level ranging in styles from operatic, golden-age and contemporary musical theater, country, folk, rock and pop, Scott specializes in teaching classical and operatic contemporary belt vocal styles to male and female vocalists.

His former students have continued their education with acceptance into academic institutions including: Juilliard, AVA, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, DePaul University School of Music, Westminster Choir College, The Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and The Peabody Institute, and have gone on to professional performance careers with regional and touring musical theater productions and festivals such as: The Cleveland Orchestra, Opera Cleveland, Apollo's Fire, Opera Circle Cleveland, Opera per Tutti, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cleveland State University, The New London Barn Playhouse, The Beck Center, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Oberlin in Italy, Musica nelle Marche, Operafestival di Roma and Sugar Creek Symphony and Song.