Acclaimed singer-songwriter earns BFA
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Manitoba: Singer-songwriter Sandy
Scofield has won many awards, including:
Five Canadian Aboriginal
Three consecutive Juno
The 2008 American Indian
Summer Music Award
2007 Canadian Folk Music
The 2003 Western Canadian
And this month she crowned her
achievements with a Bachelor of Fine
Arts degree in music from Simon
"I come from a family of untrained
musicians," says Scofield, a
Métis/Cree/Saulteaux from St.
Laurent. "So I’m interested in
learning more. At SFU, I’ve learned
composition from Owen Underhill and
Martin Gotfrit, and electro-acoustic
music from Barry Truax."
One reviewer describes Scofield as a
"complex artist who can move
effortlessly from centuries-old
aboriginal vocal styles to satiny
pop to robust rhythm and blues and
rock." Her music encompasses
rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco bands
to sophisticated folk-rock, jazz and
performed professionally as she
pursued her degree. She took several
semesters off to tour and performed
across the world in such places as
Korea, Mexico, Austria, France and
the Smithsonian Institute in
Yet despite her busy schedule, Sandy
still made time to perform at
special SFU events and study African
music and drumming in Ghana, Africa.
"I have a compulsion to create," she
says, "and also to mentor young
people with new information as I
Sandy is especially interested in
composition and electro-acoustic
music. She is often sought out for
her composition and sound design.
She has also produced or co-produced
most of her own albums.
Now, she’s setting her sights on a
master’s degree in music.
"I want to continue to learn," she
says, "and perhaps do a little less
performing and little more
composition. (And) I want to make a
bigger contribution to the national
Aboriginal music scene."
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