Michael DiGiacinto

Professor Michael DiGiacinto is the newly appointed Music Director of Orchestra and Opera Theater at San José State University. Prior to this appointment, Professor DiGiacinto served as adjunct faculty in the Theory and Piano Departments at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and as a Teaching Fellow in the Theory Department at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Professor DiGiacinto has also served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division in the Theory Department and the Interlochen Center for the Arts Vocal Artist Summer Program as a theory instructor and vocal coach. At the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, he served as Director of Instrumental Ensembles, where he conducted orchestras, bands, and jazz ensembles.

Professor DiGiacinto is an active conductor, composer, and pianist who is a passionate advocate for contemporary music. He has conducted over 100 premieres and readings of new music for ensembles ranging from chamber groups to orchestras and choirs. As a pianist performing in various ensembles, he has premiered an additional 50-plus works. Professor DiGiacinto’s compositions have been heard in venues throughout the United States and Europe as well as on NPR and PBS. His music was well received in festivals in Fontainebleau, France and Kiev, Ukraine. Professor DiGiacinto has also served as guest conductor for the Repertory Orchestra and Interlochen Singers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

A tireless advocate for arts education, Professor DiGiacinto 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 helped coordinate many programs, including group lessons and presentations on the orchestra, opera, and jazz at schools where arts programs are chronically underfunded or do not exist. He has already begun collaborating with his fellow San José State University faculty members and students to replicate this highly successful program. Professor DiGiacinto also was a staff accompanist for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, under the direction of Francisco Nuñez, an organization that brings inner-city children together for an after-school choral experience and that also brings choir programs to schools where none exist.

Professor DiGiacinto received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from New York University and his Master's 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.