BRANDON C. DI NOTO
B.A. Music, Point Loma Nazarene University
M.M. Choral Music, USC Thornton School of Music
Brandon C. Di Noto is an award winning composer, conductor, educator and vocalist based in Southern California. He began his musical training with keyboard and voice lessons at a young age, while participating in church choirs, community choirs, and musical theatre productions. Di Noto received his undergraduate education from Point Loma Nazarene University where he earned two degrees in Managerial and Organizational Communication, and Music with concentrations in Composition, Conducting and Vocal Performance. While at PLNU, he served as the Assistant Conductor for both the university’s Chamber Orchestra and Chorale; and was presented with the Outstanding Music Student award. Di Noto earned his Master of Music degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in Choral Music with concentrations in Composition, Conducting, and Music Education; where he sang with the USC Thornton Chamber Singers and served as the Associate Conductor & Teaching Assistant of the University Chorus.
A young composer, Di Noto has written several works for a variety of ensembles and events. In his writing, he is interested in the relationship between traditional and extended harmonies and compositional techniques, and the musical traditions of a wide variety of cultures. Di Noto’s most recent premiere, the Metamorphosis Suite for Strings, was met with acclaim and applause. A frequent collaborator with the Point Loma Nazarene University Chamber Orchestra, he was recently commissioned by a colleague to write the Violin Concerto in Bb Major for the annual concerto concert. Di Noto’s composition instructors and mentors include Neal Desby, Victor Labenske, and Frank Ticheli.
As a conductor, Di Noto has had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of ensembles in rehearsals, clinics and performances. A brief list of ensembles that he has collaborated with include: the CSU Fullerton University Singers, Point Loma Nazarene University Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, and the USC Thornton Chamber Singers and University Chorus. Di Noto currently serves as the Founder & Artistic Director of Pacific Harmonix, a professional choral ensemble based in Southern California that specializes in the performance of standard, diverse, and new choral music. His conducting instructors and mentors include, Grant Gershon, Cristian Grases, Daniel Jackson, Larry Livingston, Keith Pedersen, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Tram Sparks, Nick Strimple, and Philip Tyler.
A passionate advocate for music education, Di Noto first taught K-8 music and theatre as a camp counselor with Maranatha Christian Schools’ Summer Theatre Arts Camp. He also served as a tutor for the introductory music theory and music history courses during his undergraduate studies, and has given guest lectures to several universities throughout California. Di Noto currently operates a private studio where he teaches Composition & Theory, Conducting & Score Study, and Voice. His students have received accolades such as acceptance into prestigious undergraduate, graduate and fellowship music programs.
Frequently in demand as a guest vocalist, Di Noto’s credits as a performer span over a decade and across several genres including, choral, musical theatre, opera, and operetta productions. He has appeared as a chorister with noted ensembles including, the Bach Collegium of San Diego, the Point Loma Nazarene University Concert Choir, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and Voces8. As a soloist, Di Noto has had the honor of being a featured performer in productions of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel’s Messiah, and Schubert’s Mass in G. He also enjoys giving recitals and collaborating with his colleagues. His voice instructors and mentors include, J. Craig Johnson, Amy Mein, Mary Mattei Scheibe, and Michael Sokol.
Di Noto divides his time between Los Angeles and San Diego. On the rare occasion when he is not involved in musical activities, he enjoys cooking, exercising, hiking, traveling, watersports, and spending time with his friends and loved ones.
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