October 13, 2019 - Scott Foppiano Concert
On Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2:30 PM, the Rochester Theater Organ Society present Scott Foppiano in a concert program.
Scott Foppiano was born in Memphis, TN in 1965. He began private study of piano and organ at an early age, and during his years at Christian Brothers High School he discovered the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ at Memphis' Orpheum Theatre and was soon featured playing overtures and intermissions.
Upon his family's relocation to Charlotte following his senior year, Scott began formal study organ and church music at the NC School of the Arts as a Keenan Organ Scholar. He holds an Artist’s Diploma, BM, MMus, and both the Service Playing and Colleague certifications of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He studied organ improvisation with the late Gerre Hancock at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, and continued private study in theatre and symphonic stylings of the organ with his best friend and mentor the late, great Thomas Hazleton.
Critically acclaimed and sought after as a classical recitalist, theatre organist, and silent film accompanist, Scott has played and recorded on some of the greatest pipe organs in the world, and to date has recorded eight digital solo organ CDs with future projects pending.
During the national American Theater Organ Society (ATOS) convention in New York City in July 2007, Scott was honored as Organist of the Year which included him performing a solo organ recital on the great organ in the Cadet Chapel of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has also served as a coach and adjudicator for the ATOS’ Young Organist Competition.
Scott has been a featured artist for regional and national conventions of the AGO, the Organ Historical Society, and the ATOS, all of which he has served as a member of the administrative boards at both local and national levels. He has served as Organist and Director of Music for several prominent congregations, including the National Basilica Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, MI.
In January 2016, Scott returned home to the Carolinas to be nearer to his family. He is the Organist and Director of Music at First United Methodist Church of Cheraw, SC and the Organist/Accompanist at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC. Concurrent with his ecclesiastical duties, Scott maintains a very active schedule as a solo performing organist.