Retiring Atlanta Opera Director Fred Scott Gets University Post

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William Fred Scott, longtime artistic director of the Atlanta Opera, will found a new vocal training program after he retires next month, reports.

On July 1, Scott will become an artist-in-residence at Brenau University in Gainsville, Georgia, where he will run the newly formed Brenau University International Opera Workshop.

The workshop will include training for singers at all levels, from relative beginners to professionals. Scott will also serve as a guest lecturer for courses at the university.

"It is time to take on new challenges," Scott said, "time to write the next chapter in my life and use my gift to help young people."

"It is important that young performers have a place to come to learn all components of the profession, to prepare students for what they will need when they leave us," he added. "I don't quite know what the Workshop will look like at this point but I'm not going to run an opera company _ I've done that."

Scott has directed Atlanta Opera since 1985, presiding over a long period of growth in partnership with former executive director Alfred Kennedy.

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