Eliot Band Director & Early Childhood Music Instructor
Kristi Scaccia, born and raised in sunny Florida, began her music journey playing the Piano and organ alongside her grandfather at a very young age. She holds a Bachelor degree in Horn performance from Florida State University and a Master in Performance from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, where she studied with world renowned Horn players David Johnson, and Alessio Allegrini. Early in her music career she earned a DCI World Championship and performed internationally with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. She has performed with Busch Gardens Theme Parks, College Light Opera Company, and held positions in Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Panama City POPS Orchestra and recently played with Orchestra Fiati della Svizzera Italiana (OFSI) and the Lugano Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland. She performed a tour with OFSI and played two concerts in the Vatican City in Rome. Kristi has also recently collaborated with Tino D’Agostino on Nagy Zsolt’s Happy Blues for solo horn with added electric bass accompaniment. In addition to her performing experience, Kristi has a deep seeded passion for teaching. She has been a marching band instructor for many years, was a visual technician with Ancient City Ensemble Indoor Percussion, teaches private horn and brass lessons, beginning piano lessons, teaches English as a second language, and is on staff with Art & Music Italia! She currently holds the assistant music teacher position at the Eliot Innovation K-8 school, teaching music to levels from K1 to third grade. Kristi also is the new assistant band director, and brass teaching artist for the Eliot Band Program at North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC). Aside from her life of music, Kristi enjoys training dogs, learning and teaching yoga for musicians, learning and coaching personal development, coaching Free FitCamp Workouts, and spending time outside with her dogs Monty and Sofia.
The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is a 501(c)(3) community music school and professional performing arts center founded in 2001.