Unity by the Bay is truly blessed to have Stef Scaggiari as our musical director. What a joy it is each week to be escorted on our spiritual journey by the moving and inspirational music that Stef so magically performs.
But Unity members and guests are not the only ones blessed to hear this rare talent. Stef’s work is also heard by millions every week on National Public Radio. His recordings are sold in over 17 countries and he has appeared in major halls and festivals throughout the world. One of the things that makes Stef so unique is his ability to perform both a jazz and classical repertoire, managing each with extraordinary ease and command. In the words of International jazz singer Ethel Ennis, “In my experience, only a few musicians can successfully bridge the artificial gap between classical European music, American jazz and popular song. Stef Scaggiari belongs among the few.”
Stef is a graduate of the Eastman School, has a Masters from Peabody and has had formal study with Eugene List, Earl Wild and Leon Fleisher. He has traveled and performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Keter Betts and Mel Torme. Jazz Times Magazine describes Stef’s performances with these words, ” An exceptionally charged lyricism and flawless technique, eloquent expression and a crystalline touch.”
We, at Unity by the Bay, are truly thankful to have such a musical giant perform for us each week. But more importantly, we are thankful to have Stef as a loyal and dedicated member of our church. For as valued a musician that Stef most certainly is, he is equally as valued as a friend by all of his fellow members.