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New York City native Joseph J. Nigro is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with both Karen Tuttle and Burton Kaplan. While in New York, Mr. Nigro appeared with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The American Symphony and The New Jersey Symphony in halls ranging from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to Gracie Mansion and The White House.

Since moving to Virginia in 1995, Joe has performed as principal violist of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, and Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Nigro served an eight-year tenure as both principal violist and academy director of The Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. Mr. Nigro formed the James String Quartet in 1995 and the James Chamber Players in 2011.

Mr. Nigro’s chamber music performances include six summers at The Downeast Chamber Music Center in Maine, as well as a fellowship to The Blossom Festival School in Ohio, where he studied with Robert Vernon.

In Lynchburg, Mr. Nigro will continue to direct the strings program at New Covenant

Artistic Director Joseph Nigro
Artistic Director Joseph Nigro

Schools as well as maintaining a private studio for both violin and viola. Joe is an adjunct professor of violin and viola at Lynchburg College and also served as the music director and conductor of The Sweet Briar College Orchestra and The Wintergreen Festival Academy Chamber Orchestra. He taught at the Central Virginia Suzuki Institute and is a former member of the board of directors of The Virginia School of the Arts.


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