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 Stef’s moving and inspirational music!
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We are not the only ones to hear this rare talent. Stef has performed in major halls and festivals throughout the world, including the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Concord/Fujitsu Festival Tour of Japan. He composed and played the theme song for Weekend Edition Sunday, heard on National Public Radio stations every week. He is a former member of the U.S. Marine Band (The President’s Own). He frequently plays to sold-out crowds at 49 West in Annapolis. His impressive discography includes more than 30 recordings.
Stef covers a repertoire ranging from jazz to classical with extraordinary ease and command. In the words of international jazz great 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 of Music and Peabody Institute. He studied with concert pianists Eugene List, Earl Wild, and Leon Fleisher. He has traveled and performed with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Keter Bett, and Mel Torme. Here’s how Jazz Times Magazine described Stef’s style: “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 with us on Sunday mornings. More importantly, we are thankful that Stef is a loyal and dedicated member of our church. As much as we value the soaring music that he brings to our services, we value his friendship and companionship along our spiritual journey.