Dr. John Roscigno is Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at California State University, Northridge. His versatility as a musician has allowed him opportunities to conduct and perform throughout the world. In addition to his conducting duties he continues an active career as a classical pianist, orchestral percussionist and composer. He also serves as Music Director of the CSUN Youth Orchestra program.
In the past Dr. Roscigno has led Romania's Opera Constanta in performances of Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" and "Il Barbiere de Sivilia", conducted a series of performances for the Santa Barbara Ballet Theater and has been a featured clinician at the American String Teachers International Conferences in Reno, Nevada and Columbus, Ohio. Prior to his positions in California Dr. Roscigno held positions as Music Director and Conductor of the Conway Symphony Orchestra for six years, Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arizona, Assistant Conductor of the Tucson Symphony and Assistant Professor of Music at Auburn University.
Dr. Roscigno served as accompanist for world renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie at the 1989 Percussive Arts Society International Convention and routinely performs as a pianist and percussion on faculty recitals at CSUN. As a professional percussionist he has been a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camara and the Miami Chamber Symphony.
Dr. Roscigno holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Arizona, a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor's degree as a double major in piano and percussion performance from the University of Arizona. He has also studied at the Aspen Music Festival, Cincinnati Conservatory Conducting Symposium and the University of Miami. His principal conducting teachers have been Akira Endo, Paul Vermel and Leonard Pearlman. In 1994 Dr. Roscigno was a semi-finalist in the Tokyo International Conducting Competition. He is a native of the Bronx, New York.