Nicholas Pignataro is the Band and Orchestra Director at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. He conducts the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Symphony Orchestra, and the 400-member Panther Marching Band. He has been recognized with the 2018 Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Excellence in Teaching Award and the Professional Hero Award from the Delaware County Right to Education Task Force for his work with students with special needs in 2015. Nicholas values technology as a teaching tool and became a Google Level 1 Certified Educator in 2017.
Nicholas is co-conductor of the Delaware County Young Musicians’ Orchestra. He has appeared as a conductor with Bravo Brass for five seasons and was rehearsal conductor for the Drexel University Concert Band, the Drexel Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County Philharmonia, and the Atlantic Brass Band. He served as the Music Director at Philadelphia’s St. Anne Church and the neighborhood classical music concert series “Music at St. Anne’s.”
Nicholas studied conducting with Paul Bryan of the Curtis Institute of Music and with Joseph Caminiti at West Chester University, earning a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from West Chester in 2018.
He graduated from Temple University in 2011 with a degree in Music Education. At Temple, he studied trumpet with Eric Schweingruber and Roger Blackburn of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Nicholas and his wife Allie live near Philadelphia where they enjoy cooking, exploring local wildlife, and taking trips to the beach.