Director of Music
Phone: (864) 422-1648

Massimo Scapin, Italian conductor of both opera and the symphonic repertoire, composer and pianist.

He holds degrees in Piano and Choral Conducting from the State Conservatory of Music in Perugia, in Orchestral Conducting and Composition from The National College of Music in London, and in Religious Science (magna cum laude) from the Pontifical Lateran University. He attended the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, where he took courses, among others, in Gregorian chant with Giacomo Baroffio and composition with the Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci; the International Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he studied piano with Sergio Perticaroli; and the Accademia Musicale Pescarese, where he studied conducting with Donato Renzetti.

Massimo appeared as guest conductor and pianist in Europe, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, and the United States. On the occasion of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations commissioned him to compose and conduct music for the Mass celebrated by Pope St. John Paul II at Rome’s Olympic Stadium for the Jubilee of Sports People. He was also a Vatican Radio commentator and entertainer. He became assistant professor in vocal literature and piano accompanying at the Catholic University of Daegu, in southeastern South Korea, in 2011 and Director of Music at the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2013. In October 2013 Massimo took the podium as associate conductor of the Karaganda Symphony Orchestra.

For over ten years, during the Pontificate of Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Massimo worked at the Vatican as an Assistant Music Director at Pontifical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel, having the great honor and responsibility of being at the service of the Pope.

Massimo has moved with his wife and four children to the Greenville area and is looking forward to serving at OLR.