Greg Scime founded the Assisi Performing Arts Music Festival in 2001, an annual program emphasizing the study and performance of sacred music involving 40-50 musicians and choirs from the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia.
His vision for founding the festival was to provide a unique experience for performers and students to become part of a welcoming and supportive community while making music, teaching, and performing in one of Umbria's most beautiful cities.
Each Year, he directs the music for Sunday Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi with the Festival Choir. His annual organ recital in Assisi is an annually celebrated event.
Founder and Festival Director
Greg Scime holds degrees in music from both the Manhattan School of Music and Boston College and certificates from the American Guild of Organists. A seasoned professional in Sacred Music, he was the Director of Music and Liturgy and St. Teresa Roman Catholic Church in Summit, New Jersey. He is currently the Director of Music at St. Joseph Church in Maplewood, New Jersey, where he is the organist and choir director. He is also the Director and Conductor for Schwaebischer Saengerbund, a German choir in Clark, New Jersey.
His authored book, No Man Can Hinder Me, published in 2012, provides a social history of the events in the world of classical, jazz, and popluar music in the United States that had a dramatic impact on the process of racial integration before 1960.
Scime has directed nationally televised masses for the Archdiocese of Newark, the Paulist Fathers and served as organist for Jewish, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Baptist Denominations in New York and New Jersey.
He currently serves as Adjunct Music Professor of Piano Studies at Seton Hall and has taught music classes and directed ensembles at Marylawn Academy in South Orange, New Jersey. Scime has appeared as a lecturer at the Classical Singer National Convention and at the Assisi Performing Arts Festival.