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Applied Music

Joseph Caminiti

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Swope Music Building
817 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-430-4177
Fax: 610-436-2873

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Director of Orchestral Studies
Conductor, Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble

251, Swope Music Building


  • M.M., Ithaca College (Orchestral Conducting)
  • B.S., Calvin College (Theory/Composition)

Curriculum Vitae

Joseph Caminiti is a conductor who is committed to connecting with audiences through dynamic and thoughtful concerts. Experiencing music as a unique inspiration in life, he works to relate it to the increasingly diverse audiences of our day. His conversational and visually distinctive "Concerts in The Round" have grown audiences who participate by dialoguing with the performers. The smartphone-friendly features, in-concert conversations, multi-media elements, and pre-concert "round-tables" have all captured the interests of audiences. With the Delaware County Symphony, he is excited to introduce an instrument petting zoo for children. He also recently launched at West Chester University the "Quad Concert" series that included audience-selected film scores alongside Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Chabrier's EspaƱa. This outdoor performance was so well received that CBS News spontaneously ran a spot on it.

Mr. Caminiti is continually seeking musical partnerships with arts and charitable organizations. In 2012 he organized and conducted two concerts with Advocates For the Homeless and Those in Need, Esperanza, and other organizations to help raise funds for underserved communities. In 2017, he invited ARTOLERANCE to West Chester University to present a masterclass and concert on the power of art to promote tolerance and co-existence in a challenging world. In 2016, he combined with UrbanPromise International to help raise funds for a new school in Malawi, Africa.

Collaborations with living composers are a vital priority. Mr. Caminiti has conducted world and regional premieres, including Judith Lang Zaimont's Chroma: Northern Lights, Kile Smith's Song of the Angels, Raoul Pleskow's Quartet and Epilogue, Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano, Chamber Concerto for Saxophone and Ensemble, and Piece for Four Instruments. Recently performed standard repertoire of the twentieth-century include Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Hovhaness's And God Created Great Whales, Hindemith's Apparebit repentina dies, and Plau's Concerto for Tuba and Strings.

Guest artist performances include clarinetist Ricardo Morales, violinist Richard Amoroso, cellist Udi Bar-David, flutist Kimberly Reighley, violinist Rebecca Ansel, tubist Jonathan Fowler, and pianist Jennifer Campbell. New collaborations in the coming year are with pianist Ching-Yun Hu, violinists Margaret Dziekonsky and Nina Vieru, and composer Joseph Harkins.

Mr. Caminiti began his conducting career as the Assistant Conductor of the Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in 1996. After arriving in Philadelphia, he started the string ensemble, Solaris, before accepting the Music Director position with the Cairn Symphony Orchestra in 2001. In 2015 he served as the Music Director of the Philharmonia, an orchestra under the umbrella organization, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County.

Mr. Caminiti is now Director of Orchestral Studies at West Chester University, where he conducts the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, teaches undergraduate conducting, runs the graduate orchestral conducting program, and teaches various other courses. He is also looking forward to his second year as Music Director of the Delaware County Symphony. Guest conducting appearances include the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra (2014), the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony (2014 and 2015), the PMEA District 12 Orchestra (2017), the Delaware All-State Orchestra (2017).

As a horn player, Mr. Caminiti is acting principal horn of the Riverside Symphonia (Lambertville, New Jersey), member of the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble (Philadelphia), and is a chamber recitalist with other professional ensembles throughout the Philadelphia region. He resides in Pennsylvania, with his wife and violinist, Kirsten. They are active birders and savor hearty conversations over coffee.