Congrats! Any idea how many applied for your position?
I’m sure a lot of people applied. I submitted my application on a whim, sort of, the night before the deadline.
How did you convince Berklee that you were “the one”?
I had no idea I would get this job. First I had a Skype interview, and [my husband] Bill helped me prepare for it. We practiced. We figured out the best angle for the camera and drew a line where I’d look the best and what I should wear, and I put on more make-up than usual.
We’re only eight or ten full-time vocal teachers, and about eighty are part-time. It’s exciting to be part of an institution that is turning out the best musicians in the world.
Who are your students?
All in all, there are about a thousand voice students. I have eighteen, all first-years. They’re great! Very international; I have a student from Mongolia and another one from Hong Kong who writes her own songs in Chinese. I have two students from Korea and one from Brazil, one from Columbia. Most of them speak great English, and some of them are already stars.
I hear your new job came with some unexpected stress?
While I was here for orientation Bill had some medical tests and they found something on his pancreas. The doctor in New Orleans immediately decided it was cancer and put the fear of God in both of us. So I was here in Boston and he was home. It was this horrible, emotional, crazy moment. I only stayed for the rest of the orientation because Bill told me to. Then he decided the medical care in Boston would be better than in New Orleans. We had planned to gradually move and kind of go between places, but basically we moved in a week. We rented the first place we looked at… Then they determined in the surgery that Bill’s tumor wasn’t cancerous. So we’re okay now. We’re going to be fine.
Having taught in New Orleans, what’s the biggest difference to you as a teacher now that you’re at Berklee?
Berklee has a very strong union. That’s very different from being an adjunct anywhere. The faculty doesn’t seem to work on weekends and nobody gives out their cell phone number. That’s new for me.
Also, I have a great schedule. I can continue to tour and perform and the school even gives grants for touring.
Cindy Scott will perform at Snug Harbor on Tuesday, November 29.