Scott Buchanan was born in 1962 and grew up in rural Victoria, Australia, where learning piano and singing formed his earliest musical experiences. Composing from an early age Scott continued performing and playing while completing a diploma of teaching at Ballarat University. After graduation he began teaching primary school classroom music in 1983 and has taught and conducted choirs in many schools including Methodist Ladies’ College (Melbourne), St Catherine’s Girls’ School and Wesley College. His teaching career also includes teaching music at the International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In later years Scott completed his Bachelor of Music at Melbourne University. He has also lectured in music education at La Trobe University and the Australian Catholic University.
In searching for material that would highlight and enhance the inherent musicality of his young students it became obvious that there was very little music theatre material that had been written specifically for primary aged students. With this in mind Scott began writing musicals to fill this gap.
Together with Debbie Nicholls who writes the book for each musical, Scott has written music and lyrics for Fantasy, Vox Vulture & The Knitting Shop, The Rooster Who Couldn’t Crow, Happily Ever After and Closed Doors. Scott was also commissioned to write music and lyrics for The Moon Chariot, which was performed by the Victoria State Opera Schools Company and was the first children’s opera they had done that was invited to take part in the Okinawa Youth Theatre Festival.
Throughout this time Scott also worked with many choirs including The Australian Girls’ Choir and The Australian Boys’ Choir and has had a number of his works performed by these groups.
Scott’s compositions range from simple, beautiful ballads through to toe tapping, get-up-and-dance numbers. He encompasses many styles and provides complexities and nuances that both challenge and excite the performers. His lyrics paint pictures for the audience and his music stays with you long after a performance. His works can be performed by solos or by groups to equal effect.
Scott is proud to have been commissioned to write a song for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in 2010. The Day Will Come is being used as a sound brand for the organisation and to highlight their current research project called Register4.