Roscigno, John

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John Roscigno


Born: September 26, 1964

Country: Bronx, New York, U.S.A.

Studies: University of Arizona (B.M.), University of Illinois (M.M.1989)

Teachers: Gary Cook, Nicholas Zumbro


Dr. John Roscigno is Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at California State University, Northridge and Music Director of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. In his position at Northridge he serves as Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theater, serves as Chair of Percussion Studies and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Dr. Roscigno holds the additional position of Music Director of the CSUN Youth Orchestra program, an organization comprised of 4 ensembles and 250 students from San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. His versatility as a conductor, pianist, percussionist and composer has led to many unique and varied performing opportunities in his musical career in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Roscigno has had the opportunity to work extensively with professional orchestras, college orchestras and younger musicians throughout his career. He has conducted Opera Constanta of Romania, the Conway Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Plainview Symphony and Santa Barbara Ballet Theater. He has been a high school all-state clinician in Arizona and California. He is a frequent guest conductor at the Cazadero and Gold Coast Summer Music Festivals and has held music faculty positions at University of Arizona, Auburn University and University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Roscigno has twice served as conductor for the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. He also performs in the new music chamber ensemble “TEMPO”.

Highlights of his collaborative career include serving as pianist for world renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie, hosting George Crumb in a residency featuring collaborative performances with the composer and conducting the west coast premiere of Philip Glass's Second Symphony. As a strong advocate of new music Dr. Roscigno has conducted of number of premieres by the nations leading young composers. His most cherished accomplishments include the honor of having performed in Carnegie Hall, Yankee Stadium, Olympic Stadium in Montreal and conducting in Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

Dr. Roscigno holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Arizona, a Master's Degree in percussion performance from the University of Illinois under Tom Siwe and a Bachelor's Degree as a double major in piano and percussion performance from the University of Arizona under Gary Cook and Nicholas Zumbro. Dr. Roscigno is a native of New York City. He has two children, Andrew and Isabella. [1]

Works for Percussion

Dreams of Angels - Multiple Percussion, with Tape
My Midnight Lullaby - Multiple Percussion, with Tape
Symphony No. 1 "Remembrance" - Percussion Ensemble (12+), Childrens Chorus, Narrator