On Key: A Master of Musicals Working with Students During MSA Master Classes

G. Scott Lacy

MSA Family Giving Brings Professional Talents to Student Classrooms

In the first of three master classes funded through the MSA Family Giving Campaign, musical director G. Scott Lacy took MSA Musical Theatre students through their paces last week in the Performing Arts Center. As student actors took the stage one by one, Lacy used their performances to illustrates methods for emoting character feelings, breathing techniques and physicality.

His teaching ability is apparent as students raptly listen to his advise. His experience comes from years as a musician, singer, and actor in theater. Industry magazine San Diego Theatre Scene describes his talent as a musician as “downright contagious, affecting everyone in the room to reach a higher level of joy.”

G. Scott Lacy has won numerous awards and is a musical director and vocal coach with credits on 150 productions working with companies including the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, the award-winning Lamb’s Players Theatre, the Musical Theatre Guild of Los Angeles, Diversionary Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, San Diego Opera, North Coast Repertory Theatre, the Emmy award-winning Malashock Dance Company and many others.

As a music director, he worked with some of the finest theatrical directors including Tony Award winners and others. As a successful vocal coach Scott’s clients include Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winning performers.

Students are able to work with such high caliber talent thanks to MSA family donations to the MSAF Family Giving Campaign. Without continued funding from families, MSA would not be able to bring in such talented guest artist teachers. The MSA Teaching Artist Program offers students new perspectives and techniques across all programs and are invited by program faculty to work students as funding allows.

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