Conductor – Luca Antonucci
Luca Antonucci brings dynamism and incisive musicianship to performances throughout New England as a conductor and trumpeter. Mr. Antonucci has recently performed as a conductor with ensembles including Pioneer Valley Symphony and the Orchestra Without Borders Boston, and will be performing with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, in Manchester, CT, on February 22. He is currently the Instrumental and General Music teacher at the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill andMusic Director at First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, in Cohasset, MA. A native of Watertown, MA, Antonucci holds an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Hartt School, where he studied with Edward Cumming and Glen Adsit. Luca is the recipient of a B.A. from Amherst College, where he graduated summa cum Laude in 2014. He spent the 2014-15 academic year as a Fulbright Fellow in Vienna, Austria, where he published work on Arnold Schönberg in the Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center. Equally at home on the podium or in the opera pit, Luca has appeared alongside faculty, students, and guest artists with the Hartt Orchestra, Foot in the Door Contemporary Ensemble, the Hartt Opera Theater, and the Hartt Brass Ensemble. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Pioneer Valley Symphony, and Conductor and Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition, Luca has appeared throughout the US and Europe in conducting masterclasses with faculty including Benjamin Zander, Paul Vermel, Donald Portnoy, Peter Jaffe, Diane Wittry, Neil Varon. An enthusiastic advocate of choral music, Luca founded the Brookline Chamber Singers in 2016, which performs an annual concert to benefit the Womens’ Lunch Place of Greater Boston. He is currently the Music Director at the First Parish, Unitarian Universalist in Cohasset, MA. In addition, Luca maintains an active schedule as a performer on the trumpet, performing solo and in chamber settings, as well as a member of jazz bands, orchestras, and wind ensembles throughout the Boston area. He is especially interested in free improvisation and the traditional brass band literature of Eastern Europe. In 2014/15, Luca was recognized as Official Musical Ambassador of the Musikverein Leopoldau, an award-winning wind band in Vienna, Austria. An experienced educator, Luca is a member of the faculty of the Rivers Summer Music program in Weston, MA, where he teaches music theory and directs the Wind Ensemble.
Managing Director – William Nicholson
A versatile and experienced musician, Mr. Nicholson has served as conductor, composer, music director, performer, drama director and music educator for many years in the Metro-Boston area. Mr. Nicholson has directed instrumental and choirs ensembles for the Newton Public Schools, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional HS, Middlesex Summer Arts, and Dedham Public Schools. He has worked with a number of locally and nationally recognized performing ensembles, including the NEC Youth Chorale; Central Bucks High School-West Honor Choirs, the First U.S. Army Band, US Coast Guard Academy “Idlers,” Bridgewater State University’s Chamber Singers, Sara Blacker (NE 2013 Vocalist of the Year) and numerous other vocal and instrumental artists and organizations. A commissioned composer, with over 300 compositions to his credit, Mr. Nicholson has written for a wide variety of music ensembles, including orchestra, choir, concert and marching band, big band, contemporary jazz, rock, and pop ensembles, chamber ensembles, musical theatre, electronic media plus solo instrument and voice. As composer, he brings experience of directing these various ensembles as well. Most recently, he organized and conducted the well received the LSCO pops concert celebrating Sudbury’s 375th anniversary. Mr. Nicholson received a MA in Music Composition/Theory from the Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY, while studying with popular American composers, Robert Washburn and Arthur Frackenpohl. Mr. Nicholson recently retired as music director and drama director for the Dedham Public Schools in Dedham, MA.
All instruments are welcome to explore our orchestra at any time. Come to a Tuesday, 7:30 PM rehearsal at LSRHS and sit-in. We especially need string players. Small stipends can be provided for qualified string candadates. Sub-players are welcome on all instruments. Student members from any town are most welcome to join us.
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