The music students and faculty at California State University at Northridge received a blow this weekend, as Dr. David W. Scott, their beloved and renowned teacher and opera director, died of injuries caused by a car accident that took place on July 29. Although a memorial service is planned, no date has yet been set.
Scott was Professor of Music Emeritus, having directed more than 125 productions at the respected institution and around the country. Teacher and mentor to thousands of talented students during his long career, many of his students have reached national and even international acclaim, and his impact on the community at large is immeasurable.
More details and a more complete profile will be made available here, as soon as possible. Our sincere condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and students as they mourn this great loss. Please feel free to comment below and share the effect that Dr. Scott had on your lives.
Service for David Scott
Saturday, August 11
Northridge United Methodist Church
9650 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91324
Dr. David Sannerud has granted us permission to reprint his remembrance and Dr. Scott’s bio here:
All at CSUN are sad to learn of the passing of our friend and colleague Dr. David Scott. Dr. Scott has touched the musical lives of so many throughout the world, he has contributed greatly to voice and opera and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Judy Scott, and his family.
Professor of Music Emeritus, David W. Scott received his Master of Music and Doctoral degrees from Indiana University where he performed 15 baritone roles in opera and studied voice with Frank St. Leger, Anna Kaskas and Paul Matthen.
At CSUN, Dr. Scott conducted and staged more than 125 major opera productions, many of which were acclaimed by local and regional critics. The Opera Theatre, under his direction, was selected to perform before the national convention of the National Opera Association and also participated in an operatic exchange program with the Shanghai and Beijing Opera theatres. Dr. Scott was also active as a professional director and producer and has sent several groups on tour for Columbia Artists Incorporated throughout the Western United States. He recently directed Le Nozze di Figaro for Orlando Opera.
As a voice teacher, his students have been selected as winners in auditions at the regional and national level — including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Many of his students have sung with numerous regional, national and international opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera Co., Paris Opera, Royal Opera at Covent Garden and La Scala. Dr. Scott was recently named Outstanding Professor at CSUN and was selected in 1985 and 1987 to receive the Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Awards from the University. From 1987 to 1998 he directed the opera program for the CSU Summer Arts, sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office.