SCOTT WATERLAND

Viola Mentor

Scott was raised in Chesterfield, Virginia where he first began playing viola at Matoaca Middle School twelve years ago. He attended St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, receiving the William Carter Bowles Memorial Music Prize at graduation.

A member of the VCU Symphony, Scott is on track to graduate this semester with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in general business. In his time at VCU, Scott has studied under several members of the Richmond Symphony, as well as many other esteemed, talented musicians.

Currently living in Manchester, Scott is a part of the Matoaca Christian Fellowship worship team. He is also a contemporary classical composer, having composed pieces for string quartet, string trio, and solo piano, among others.

Tell us a little bit about your musical background; when you first started, the first experience that made you want to become a musician.

It was about twelve years ago: I remember sitting in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall at the VCU Singleton Center, where I now perform with the VCU Symphony. My mom took me to see the VCU Symphony play, with a solo viola player in front. This violist had won the VCU Concerto Competition, and the sound she evoked from her instrument was like none other I had ever heard. The vast array of colors and the deep tone were more than enough to convince me that I needed to start playing the viola. The rest is history.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Philip Glass, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Gidon Kremer, David Garrett, Fritz Kreisler, Vivaldi, Haydn, Debussy, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, John Williams, Wim Mertens.

Who are some of your biggest inspirations, musical, and non-musical?

Definitely Philip Glass. His music just speaks to me for some reason, and his life story is very inspirational. Daniel Myssyk, the conductor of the VCU Symphony, is also a huge inspiration for me: he expects the best from every single person in the symphony, yet he is still compassionate.

If you had the ability to pick anybody to collaborate with musically, who would it be?

Again, Philip Glass. Getting the opportunity to collaborate with him would be a dream come true for me. I have many musical ideas that I would love to throw his way.

What are your plans for the future of your music?

To always keep honing my craft as a violist and teacher, and to never stop learning more about the vast subjects of music. Also, to work in recording studios as an engineer and one day own a studio. My main goal is to eventually develop a unique sound which I can indubitably call my own.