About: Justin Casinghino

Justin Casinghino composes in a variety of genres, striving to create works that are lyrical, rich in harmony and posses a sound structurally integrity. Casinghino is a Lecturer in the departments of composition and theory at Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the Associate Director of the Young Artists’ Composition Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and teaches on the faculty of the Rivers School Conservatory. Casinghino has also held positions at University of Massachusetts Lowell and Keene State College, and is regularly recruited as a guest speaker on a variety of topics including composition, popular music and music education. His studies of composition include work with, amongst others, Gunther Schuller, Lukas Foss, Theodore Antoniou and Richard Cornell. Casinghino has had pieces requested and performed by groups including the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Family Concert Series, the Rivers Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III, the Longy Chamber Orchestra, the Longitude and Juventas New Music Ensembles, the Lorelei Vocal Ensemble and Vento Chiaro. Casinghino’s music has been commissioned via the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Free for All Concert Fund, and he was a featured composer on the Rivers School Conservatory’s 34th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young. Casinghino is the founder and director of the Boston Composers’ Coalition, a group dedicated to the collaborative creation, education and dissemination of new American music. He also performs throughout the New England area on piano, Hammond organ, SATB saxophones and as a vocalist with a number of “popular” genre groups. Justin lives outside of Boston with his wife and four daughters. DMA, Boston University; MM, Longy School of Music; BM, Hartt School of Music Samples of Casinghino’s music can be heard at www.jdcas.com, and more information about the Boston Composers’ Coalition can be found at www.bostoncomposers.org.

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