Dot Cacchio was born and raised in Morris County, New Jersey. It was there she was educated, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Caldwell College and a master’s degree in music education from Trenton State College. After thirty-five years as a music teacher, including seven years on the faculty of Caldwell College, she retired and moved to Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania, to become a full-time performing musician. Dot is the founder and music director of the Silver Starlite Orchestra, which has been performing concerts and dance music for more than thirty years. She loves reading, cheering for the New York Yankees, and taking care of and observing the various wildlife on her property. She has a full-time job taking care of her cats.