Salvatore Scarpa is Music Director/Conductor of Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company (Philadelphia), Music Director/Conductor of Atlantic Brass Band (2011, 2012, and 2017 North American Brass Band Association Champions), and a guest conductor for the Orvieto Festival of Strings (Italy).
For many years, he was a member of the conducting staff of Philadelphia Ballet and a frequent guest conductor for the company. He recently retired as Director of Orchestras at Rowan University, where he conducted the University Orchestra and Opera Company productions, and taught conducting, music theory and music history.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Rowan University, Mr. Scarpa is a member of a generation of musicians at home in the worlds of classical, jazz, and popular music. He has written works for the Empire Brass, the Philadelphia Pops, and the International Trombone Association, several theater scores, and was the winner of a Down Beat Magazine “dee bee” award for Best Jazz Arrangement. He was a member of the first BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and Assistant Music Director for the Grammy Award winning production, Zappa’s Universe.