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Michael DiGiacinto, Music Director
Conductor, composer, and pianist Michael DiGiacinto is the Music Director of the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose and Associate Music Director of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale. Previously, he was the Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theater at San Jose State University.
In addition to conducting much of the standard repertoire for orchestra, Mr. DiGiacinto has conducted over 100 premieres for various ensembles, ranging from chamber ensembles to orchestras and choirs. As a pianist and a vocalist performing in various ensembles, he has premiered many more new works. As a composer, Mr. DiGiacinto's music has been heard in venues throughout the United States and Europe as well as on NPR and PBS. He has participated in festivals in Fontainebleau, France and Kiev, Ukraine where his music was well received.
As a collaborative pianist, Michael DiGiacinto has performed with various ensembles including regional and state honor choirs in California, Virginia, and New York as well as collegiate choirs at New York University, Hofstra University, and San Jose State University, and chamber ensembles. While living in New York, he was also a staff accompanist with Francisco Núñez and the Young People's Chorus of New York City.
A tireless advocate for arts education, Mr. DiGiacinto is an active member of the National Association for Music Education and has been involved with numerous efforts to bring music to schools and communities in need. Through the Outreach Department at Manhattan School of Music, he coordinated programs including group lessons and presentations on the orchestra, opera, and jazz at schools where arts programs are chronically underfunded or do not exist. Mr. DiGiacinto has also been active in bringing arts programs to refugee communities in the West Bank, Palestine.
Michael DiGiacinto has served on the faculties of San Jose State University, Hofstra University, and the Manhattan School of Music. He received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from New York University and his Masters degree in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music where he is also a doctoral candidate. His principal composition teachers were Nils Vigeland, Richard Danielpour, and Marc-Antonio Consoli.