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Educator Collaborator

A native of Clarence Center, NY, flutist Sabatino Scirri has established himself as a dynamic, innovative and versatile artist. He is a member of the National Association of Music Schools, National Flute Association, Flute Society of Washington and is principal flutist with the Greater Annapolis Ballet Orchestra.

Dr. Scirri has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, Amherst Chamber Ensemble and various groups across North America and Europe. As an orchestral player, he served as principal flutist with the Sinaloa Symphony (Mexico) and Slee Sinfonietta. He was 1st prize winner in competitions sponsored by the Rochester Flute Association and Brio! Flutes. Accolades include the Lucile Parrish Ward and Anne M. Gannett Awards (National Federation of Music Clubs) and Keith Wilson Award (Yale University).

Dr. Scirri was hand selected by his former teacher - international soloist, conductor and pedagogue Ransom Wilson - to perform in a tribute concert on the occasion of Wilson’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 National Flute Association’s Annual Convention. Other career highlights include giving the New York premiere of Ezra Laderman’s June 29th for solo flute at Carnegie Hall, performing in concert with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) at the June in Buffalo Music Festival, appearing with former Chicago frontman  Peter Cetera and working in collaboration with composers Philip Glass, Charles Wuorinen and Harvey Sollberger. An Army Veteran, Dr. Scirri honorably served for 8 years with one of the military’s premiere bands in Washington, DC. He has performed for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness Pope Francis, Presidents Obama and Trump, foreign dignitaries and heads of state. His performances have been broadcast worldwide by CNN, EWTN, CCTV (China), and recorded on Tower Records, Albany Records and Tactus Records (Italy). Future engagements include performances with the Washington International Young Artist Concert Series, Musica Viva Orchestra and Defiant Requiem Foundation during the 2024-25 season.

Dr. Scirri holds an Artist Diploma from Yale University where he was a George Wellington Miles Fellow and Doctorate of Musical Arts under the guidance of Aaron Goldman. He earned a Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from SUNY Buffalo where he studied with Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman, who was a paramount influence on his musical journey. He served on faculty at SUNY Buffalo and given classes for Nazareth College, University of Maryland, Western Kentucky University and the Virginia Music Educators Association.


Dr. Scirri performs on a platinum flute crafted by American flute maker David C. Williams. He and his husband have a home in Southeast DC where they live with their pit bull, Biscotti.



Teaching Philosophy

As a passionate flutist and dedicated educator, I firmly believe that music education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of socio-economic status. Throughout my own musical journey, I was fortunate to receive the generosity and support of mentors who made my lessons possible despite financial constraints. This kindness allowed me to pursue my passion and develop my skills, and I am committed to paying it forward by offering private flute lessons on a sliding fee scale.


By adopting this flexible pricing model, I aim to make high-quality music education available to all aspiring musicians, regardless of their financial circumstances. This approach not only removes economic barriers but also promotes inclusivity and diversity within the musical community. It is essential that every student feels valued and supported in their artistic endeavors, and a sliding fee scale helps achieve this by accommodating a wide range of financial situations.

At a time when our world faces profound challenges—be it political polarization, racial injustice, or the climate crisis—the arts are more important than ever. They offer a sanctuary for understanding, a platform for dialogue, and a medium for expression that can transcend the limitations of our divisive discourse

In Concert

Recital highlights
Chamber Recital
Liuba Pupo DMA Recital (excerpts)
90 Day recital excerpt
April 1, 2024

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