Dr. Joseph Pignato, Assistant Professor,
Year Hired: 2004
Tenure Status: Eligible 2014
Doctor of Musical Arts – Boston University, (2010)
Master of Arts - New York University - Gallatin School, (1996)
Bachelor of Arts - University of Massachusetts, (1989)
Joseph Michael Pignato, D.M.A., is a composer, improviser, and music education scholar with extensive graduate, undergraduate, secondary, and distance teaching experience in music, music education, the humanities, and media. He currently holds the position of assistant professor in the Department of Music at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. At Oneonta, Dr. Pignato teaches music industry courses and directs two ensembles that perform experimental music, improvised rock, jazz, jam, psychedelic, free, and roots music among other repertoires.
In 2012, Dr. Pignato received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the highest academic award bestowed on teaching faculty in the SUNY system. In the past, Dr. Pignato has been awarded numerous Faculty Development Grants, the Faculty Creative Activities Award, and has twice been recognized as “Outstanding Faculty” by the SUNY Oneonta Inter-Greek Council.
Beyond SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Pignato has given performances, paper presentations, lectures, and clinics in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, and Australia on improvisation, popular music education, alternative music education, drumming, composition, electronic music, distance collaboration, and music business. He performs regularly with atom3, an electro-acoustic trio featuring Dr. Orlando Legname of SUNY Oneonta and Mr. Paul Geluso of New York University (atom3.us).
Pignato’s original music, described as “haunting” by New Haven’s Charger Bulletin, has been premiered, performed, or exhibited as part of installations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel. In 2012, the MusraraMix Festival in Jerusalem Israel described his work for distributed ensembles as “fascinating experimental collaboration” that could “broaden the horizons of interdisciplinary web composition.” As a result, Pignato was in residency at the 2013 Musrara Mix Festival where, along with Israeli composers Kiki Keren-Huss and Lior Pinsky, he produced and coordinated “War Again,” a multimedia piece for over a dozen musicians including participants in the United States and Europe connected via Voice Over Internet Protocol.
In 2012, “Paprika King,” an original score, was featured in the Streaming Museum’s John Cage Centennial Tribute/Composers Now festival and projected across high visibility public screens on seven continents, including the Reuters and NASDAQ screens in Times Square, New York, Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia, seven locations in the United Kingdom, and locations in the United States, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Seoul, Johannesburg, Berlin, and Antarctica.
Dr. Pignato is also a prolific scholar. He is the editor of Pop! The Newsletter of the Association for Popular Music Education. In addition to regularly publishing in Pop!, his work has been published in “Research Studies in Music Education” (2013), the “International Journal of Community Music” (2013), “Tanglewood II”, (GIA, 2012), “Notations21” (Mark Batty Publishers, 2009), and in the practitioners journal, “Modern Drummer” (2013).
In addition to his scholarly and creative activities, Dr. Pignato has more than 20 years experience in music business and media including management positions at N2K Incorporated, BMG Classics, RCA Victor, ECM Records, CMP Records, and Latin Percussion. He has been described as a “musician, educator, and music business visionary” in Tape Op Magazine. Drawing on his formidable expertise, Dr. Pignato regularly consults organizations in the areas of music and music education. Recent projects include serving as consultant to the Department of Music at Bergen Community College in New Jersey on the development of degree programs in music industry and recording technology. Pignato also served as an advisor to Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and HBO’s The Soprano’s) on the early stages of development for Rock and Roll, An American Story; a rock music curriculum to be published by Scholastic, Inc.
In addition to his work at SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Pignato facilitates graduate courses in the College of Fine Arts, Department of Music Education at Boston University. He recently supervised two undergraduate honors dissertations for the B.A. in Contemporary Music program at London’s Institute for Contemporary Music. In the past, he has served on the faculties of Ramapo College of New Jersey teaching music industry, Bergen Community College teaching graduate courses in education, and the Hoboken Charter School, where he served as founding faculty member and lead teacher for humanities and music.
Dr. Pignato holds degrees from Boston University (D.M.A.), where he was a Tanglewood Scholar, New York University (M.A.), where he studied composition with Dinu Ghezzo, and the University of Massachusetts (B.A.), where he studied composition with Yusef Lateef. In addition, He has studied drum-set with Sal La Rocca and Max Roach. Pignato endorses Boso Drumsticks, which he uses exclusively.
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