Scott Mello Makes Debut at Carnegie Hall
Certain e-mail addresses are revelatory. Like vanity license plates,
they offer a quick character study or a shorthand résumé.
Take one that begins: "Teatromello." Even without any
Italian, it's easy enough to parse out "theater"
from "teatro" and glean that the person in question has
some connection with the performing arts.
In Scott Mello's case, "some connection" is an understatement.
Mello made his Carnegie Hall debut March 25 as a featured tenor
soloist in Monteverdi's Gloria with the New England
Symphonic Ensemble. MidAmerica Productions' conductor-in-residence
Eric Dale Knapp led the ensemble, which also showcased choirs from
across the United States.
A native of Newton, New Jersey, music surrounded Mello while he
was growing up. His parents are music educators for the New Jersey
public schools and both teach piano and voice privately out of their
home. They have, he says, instilled in him an unflagging love of
Yet despite making his stage debut at five as young Patrick in a
high-school production of Mame, Mello says that he did not
sing formally until coming to Oberlin. His parents would not permit
"Because they teach voice, they understand the importance of
protecting a young person's vocal experiences," says Mello,
who is in the fourth year of a five-year bachelor of music degree
program in vocal performance and music education.
"When we visited Oberlin," says Mello, "it was clear
that it had everything any other major conservatory had with one
exception: Oberlin offered the most opportunities for undergraduate
Mello studies voice with Associate Professor of Singing Lorraine
Manz. She is his first voice teacher.
"It has been very gratifying to work with Scott," says
Manz. "I'm so pleased that such a performance opportunity
has come at this point in his young career."
As a soloist, Mello has appeared with Cleveland's Trinity Chamber
Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Hathaway and with the West
London Sinfonia at the Tuscany International Children's Chorus
Festival, conducted by Doreen Rao, in Florence and Rome. In 1997,
he received a New Jersey Governor's Award in the Arts for Excellence
in Music Performance.
His stage credits with the Oberlin Opera Theater include roles in
Bizet's Carmen, with guest conductor Stephen Lord of Boston
Lyric Opera, and in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, with
guest conductor Ward Holmquist of Kansas City Opera. Most recently,
he appeared as Guillot de Morfontaine in the fall 1999 staging of
Massenet's Manon, under the baton of Associate Professor
of Conducting Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra. He has been a member of the Oberlin College Choir since
Throughout the spring he performed Monteverdi's Vespers
with Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland baroque orchestra.
Despite his growing performance résumé, Mello is equally
at home behind the scenes. He enjoys the administrative aspects
of music making he's been a tour manager and producer, and
he is the intern in the Office of Career Development. He also loves
teaching. He volunteers with the Oberlin Music Coalition, has worked
with the Oberlin Youth Chorale under the direction of Assistant
Professor of Music Education Jody Kerchner, and teaches six students
in a private voice studio.
-Marci Janas '91
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