JOSEPH
CAMINITI

Joseph Caminiti

DIRECTOR OF ORCHESTRAL STUDIES
CONDUCTOR, SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND STRING ENSEMBLE

251, Swope Music Building
JCaminiti@wcupa.edu


Education

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


Curriculum Vitae

Joseph Caminiti is Director of Orchestral Studies at West Chester University. He 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. His "Concert on the Quad" annual series at West Chester University has included audience-selected film scores, Latin and American music, and collaborations with steel drum bands, Latin ensembles, and the Dalí Quartet. These concerts have received the attention of CBS News who spontaneously ran a spot on it.

Joseph 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 2016, he combined with UrbanPromise International to help raise funds for a new school in Malawi, Africa. He now also serves on the Board of the Delaware County Red Cross. 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. He presented benefit concerts for West Chester University's Promise Program (aid for the homeless) and their Resource Pantry in 2019, and in 2021 and 2022, collaborated with the American Red Cross and Musicopia. Also in 2022, he aided in planning a University panel to discuss the Russian war on Ukraine and followed it with two orchestral selections that helped listeners process the tragedies.

Collaborations with living composers are a vital priority. Joseph 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, Piece for Four Instruments, and the world premieres of Joseph Harkins' Symphony No. 1, and Ovidu Marinescu's Concerto for Two Cellos, Strings and Percussion to name a few. Recently performed repertoire of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries includes Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Hovhaness's And God Created Great Whales, Giya Kancheli's Symphony No. 5, Revueltas's Sensemayá, Still's Symphony No. 1, Tailleferre's Petite Suite for Orchestre, and Gabriela Lena Frank's Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra.

Solo collaborations at West Chester University include tubist Jonathan Fowler, violinist Domenic Salerni of the Attacca Quartet, cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, baritone Randall Scarlata, soprano In Young Lee, and all members of the Dalí Quartet. He has collaborated with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet, Ricardo Morales, Principal Horn, Jennifer Montone, cellist Udi Bar-David. Other soloists include Delaware Symphony Principal Flute, Kimberly Reighley, international solo pianist, Ching-Yun Hu, and international solo violinist, Elena Urioste.

Joseph 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. He was also Music Director of the Delaware County Symphony from 2016 to 2019. 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), the Berks County Senior Orchestra (2018), and the All Catholic Orchestra Festival (2019), the PMEA District 12 Orchestra (2020), and the Bucks County Music Educator's Association Festival Orchestra (2022) among others.

At West Chester University, Joseph conducts the Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras, and the his newly founded professional Gateway Ensemble. Among his teaching responsibilities are the undergraduate and graduate conducting courses, and he is Director of the Graduate Orchestral Conducting program.

As a horn player, Joseph is 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, Kirsten. They are active birders and savor hearty conversations over coffee.

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