Justin Casinghino composes in a variety of genres, striving to create works that are lyrical, rich in harmony and possess a sound structural integrity. Also a performer in the jazz and popular idioms, this influence is often present in his music, but commonly at subtle levels. 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 such groups as ALEA III, the Longy Chamber Orchestra, the Rivers Symphony Orchestra, the Longitude and Juventas New Music Ensembles, the Lorelei Vocal Ensemble, Vento Chiaro and the Red Line Brass Quintet. He has received commissions from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Free for All Concert Fund and was the featured composer on the Rivers School Conservatory’s 34th annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young.
Dr. Casinghino is a lecturer in the departments of composition and theory at Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is the Assistant Director of the Young Artists’ Composition Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He has also severed on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Keene State College. A firm believer that pedagogy is an art within itself, Casinghino takes great pride in his students of composition, who have won awards including several ASCAP Young Composer and Downbeat composition prizes, and have earned commissions and performances by the Boston Pops, the Newton Symphony Orchestra, Dinosaur Annex and MYWE.
As the founder and director of the Boston Composers’ Coalition, a group dedicated to the collaborative creation, education and dissemination of new American music, Casinghino works to bring together composers, ensembles and audience members in truly connective musical experiences. Casinghino performs throughout the New England area on piano, Hammond organ, SATB saxophones and as a vocalist with a number of “popular” genre groups.
DMA, Boston University; MM, Longy School of Music; BM, Hartt School of Music