scholar will study music in Hungary
Grand Junction Sentinel
Randall Scotting is
not big on staying in one place for any length
of time, but even he didn’t think he’d
ever end up in Hungary.
It would be a mistake to say the
Central High School graduate has been quietly
making a name for himself since graduating high
school in 1996. Opera singers, after all, are
anything but quiet.
Far from his days at Central where
he participated in theater, choir and orchestra
and was even crowned prom king, Scotting has
traveled the nation and world with his countertenor
voice, appearing in opera productions in Italy,
Ecuador and Chicago. He was a guest singer at
the Juilliard School in New York City.
Scotting was awarded a Fulbright
scholarship, and this month his singing takes
him to Hungary to study historical and contemporary
composers for nine months.
“This experience will definitely
open doors,” Scotting said, “but
I don’t know what it’s going to
be like on the other side of those.”
Scotting said he initially thought
of applying to go to Germany, but the idea of
Hungary became more and more attractive to him
because it is so isolated.
Hungary has a rich history of music
to which the rest of the world, especially the
United States, does not have much exposure,
“The music is very honest
in a way that other music isn’t,”
Scotting said. “I know at the end of the
trip, I will learn something I know nothing
In addition to bringing exposure
to Hungarian music, Scotting said he plans to
learn as much of the Hungarian language as he
can. He was told it one of the most difficult
“I like to be as local as
I can wherever I travel,” he said.
Scotting’s career has taken
him to the other side of the world, literally,
but the impact his time at Central had on him
still can be felt, as he credits music teacher
Stan Scott with laying the foundation for his
“I felt encouraged to pursue
singing,” Scotting said. “I like
to explore and expand what I know and bring
that to the audience so hopefully they learn
something. I think that’s what artists
Scotting is keeping a blog of his
experiences in Hungary that can be read at www.oxygenjukebox.blogspot.com.