Justin Casinghino, Lecturer in Music. DMA, Composition, Boston University; MM, Longy School of Music; BM, Hartt School of Music. 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 groups including the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Family Concert Series, the Rivers Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III, the Longy Chamber Orchestra, the Longitude and Juventas New Music Ensembles, the Lorelei Vocal Ensemble and Vento Chiaro.
Casinghino’s music has been commissioned via the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Free for All Concert Fund, and he was a 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University, is the Assistant Director of the Young Artists’ Composition Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and teaches on the faculty of the Rivers School Conservatory. Casinghino has also held positions at University of Massachusetts Lowell and Keene State College, and is regularly recruited as a guest speaker on a variety of topics including composition, popular music and music education.
A firm believer that pedagogy is an art within itself, Casinghino takes great pride in his students of composition, who have won awards including a host of 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. Casinghino is the founder and director of the Boston Composers’ Coalition, a group dedicated to the collaborative creation, education and dissemination of new American music. He also performs throughout the New England area on piano, Hammond organ, SATB saxophones and as a vocalist with a number of “popular” genre groups.