Sophia Parigi is a professional musician - a vocalist and pianist born and raised in New Orleans with summers spent in Florence Italy and New York. Sophia blends her international experience and local culture into a unique style that she expresses through jazz standards, classical music, show-tunes and New Orleans music. Sophia sings as a soloist, entertains with a piano or is backed by a combo of top-tier professional musicians. Her style is old-fashioned and elegant but yet still modern and trendy. She has adept piano skills, sight reading ability, is in-tune aural skills and has a three octave vocal range that reaches across a spectrum of styles, intensity, and languages and allows her to entertain for all types of audiences.
Sophia is the co-founder and manager for New Orleans Brass Band Music Combo and Princess Party New Orleans where she performs and manages event music for jazz combo convention shows, second line parades, brunch and dinner theatre and character entertainment for parties. Sophia is the music director for St. Christopher the Martyr Church where she is employed through the Archdiocese of New Orleans as a self-accompanied cantor, pianist and organist during year round weekly services.
NOTABLE STAGE PERFORMANCES
Sophia is often featured on live-broadcast news promoting art events in New Orleans, singing the US anthem for televised sporting events and local government programs. Sophia's stage performances in music include Carnegie Hall in New York, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Gretna Festival, Opera in the Piazza and the New Orleans Convention Center. Her genuine love for performance and music has earned her both lead and featured roles for community theaters in New Orleans, and in productions with New Orleans Opera chorus, National World War II Museum, and in film.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Sophia Parigi advanced to a Level 4 scholar in jazz piano studies at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), an arts conservatory in New Orleans. Sophia maintains and improves the quality of her act by clocking in hundreds of hours throughout the year with performances, rehearsals, on-going private training and through academic programs specific for the disciplines of voice, piano, theory, and even dance. With a sincere devotion to music, Sophia has garnered respect as an artist and has made genuine friendships with distinguished instructors and renowned musicians who has passed down the concept of generational music and inspire and mentor her as she 'pays it forward' to young musicians coming up behind her. Sophia is in her second year as a pro-bono piano instructor for Heritage School of Music through Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Sophia also continues to donate her talent to events that benefit a host of non-profits who support military veterans, seriously ill children and the local community.