May 28, 2017 - Scott Foppiano Concert
On Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 2:30 PM, the Rochester Theater Organ Society present Scott Foppiano in a concert program.
Scott Foppiano was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1965. He began private study of the piano with Evelyn Maschmeyer at an early age and, while a student in the Parish School of St. Paul the Apostle, he began playing the organ in church for daily school masses. He eventually began playing weekend liturgies while beginning private study of the organ with Dr. John Hooker at Calvary Episcopal Church. During his years at Christian Brothers High School he discovered his love for the sound of the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ at Memphis' Orpheum Theatre and soon began playing overtures and intermissions.
Following his family's relocation to Charlotte, Scott entered the NC School of the Arts as a Kenan scholarship student. Privately, he continued organ studies with William Whitehead and Thomas Hazleton. Meanwhile, Scott served as Senior House Organist of the Fox Theatre in Detroit and was a regular "movie organist" at Detroit's Redford Theatre and Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theatre.
Scott holds a BMus, MMus, Serv Pl, and CAGO of the AGO, Certification of Liturgy Programming from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and training in Gregorian chant with the Benedictine Monks of L’Abbaye St. Pierre in Solesmes, France.
Having served on the administrative boards of the AGO, OHS, and ATOS, Scott has performed for their conventions at both local and national levels as well as silent film scores nationally and internationally. In 2001 his choir made a pilgrimage-tour of Italy, singing the Latin Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Following the Mass, they were presented to +His Holiness Pope St. John Paul II.
Scott teaches piano, vocal coaching, classical organ, and theatre organ privately. One of his students placed as one of three finalists in the 2012 ATOS Young Organist Competition and went on to make his debut at the ATOS national convention in Los Angeles. In 2007, Scott was honored with the title of ATOS Organist of the Year and presented a solo recital at the Cadet Chapel of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
In addition to being Organist and Director of Music at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver, NC, Scott maintains a busy schedule as a solo organ performer and silent photoplay accompanist.