Today we introduce you to our Administrative Assistant, Christina Cacciatore. Christina joined the SLCC staff one year ago, and if you’ve called the Choir Office in that time you have probably talked to her on the phone! Read on to learn more about Miss Christina…
- What brought you to SLCC?
After interning for a summer in the development office of the Kansas City Symphony, I was very active in my search for a job in a non-profit arts organization. I sang in children’s choirs for 7 years in Des Moines growing up, so when I saw the opening for SLCC, I knew it would be a good fit. I’m so glad to have found such an outstanding organization to work for!
- What is your earliest musical memory?
Both of my parents are lifelong musicians. My dad was a high school choir director for the majority of my life. One week, his concert fell on my birthday and he took a moment from the podium to have the entire audience sing Happy Birthday to me. I must have been about five at the time, but it has always stuck with me.
- Is there a book or story that influenced your life or is your favorite?
I am very much a member of the Harry Potter generation. I grew up alongside Harry and finished high school shortly after the last movie was released. I love reading fan theories and finding out more about each book whenever I can.
- Which animated/Disney movie can you watch over and over again?
Lion King. Hands down one of the best Disney movies ever made, in my opinion. Great music, strong emotions, and beautiful animation.
- Tell us about one of your hobbies outside of music.
I have been swing dancing for over five years now. I began in college and have never looked back. There’s something very freeing and fun about reaching back to an era when partner dancing was an art form that involved so much physicality and finesse. It’s very different from the dancing that we see today. Further, the music from that time period is so fun!
- It’s time for breakfast… what is on your plate?
Always at least one egg. Usually an egg or two with a bowl of cereal or half a grapefruit.
- Where have you traveled? Was it with a choir or band tour?
I’m not a very well-traveled person at this point in my life. When I was a member of the Heartland Youth Chorus in Des Moines, we took part in the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans. We were there just months before hurricane Katrina, so the city was in its full glory. We rode a riverboat, visited the warehouses that stored floats from Mardi Gras, and ate beignets in the French Quarter. It was an amazing experience and I hope to go back sometime soon!