BRANDON C. DI NOTO, FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
B.A. MUSIC - Point Loma Nazarene University
Concentrations: Composition, Conducting, Vocal Performance
M.M. CHORAL MUSIC - USC Thornton School of Music
Concentrations: Composition, Conducting, Music Education
Brandon C. Di Noto is an award winning composer, conductor, educator, arts administrator and vocalist based in Southern California. He began his musical training with keyboard, saxophone and voice lessons at a young age, while participating in church choirs, community choirs, and musical theatre productions. Di Noto received his undergraduate education from Point Loma Nazarene University where he earned two degrees in Managerial and Organizational Communication, and Music with concentrations in Composition, Conducting and Vocal Performance. While at PLNU, he served as the Assistant Conductor for both the university’s Chamber Orchestra and Chorale; and was presented with the Outstanding Music Student award. Di Noto earned his Master of Music degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in Choral Music with concentrations in Composition, Conducting, and Music Education; where he sang with the USC Thornton Chamber Singers and served as the Associate Conductor & Teaching Assistant of the University Chorus.
A young composer, Di Noto has written several works for a variety of ensembles and events. In his writing, he is interested in the relationship between traditional and extended harmonies and compositional techniques, and the musical traditions of a wide variety of cultures. Di Noto’s most recent premiere, the Metamorphosis Suite for Strings, was met with acclaim and applause. Upcoming commissions include collaborations with Azusa Pacific University, Mt. Carmel High School, Rancho Bernardo High School, and Tesoro High School. Di Noto’s composition instructors and mentors include Neal Desby, Victor Labenske, Z. Randall Stroope, and Frank Ticheli.
As a conductor, Di Noto has had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of ensembles in rehearsals, clinics and performances. A condensed list of ensembles that he has collaborated with include: the CSU Fullerton University Singers, JSerra Chorale, Point Loma Nazarene University Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, and the USC Thornton Chamber Singers and University Chorus. Di Noto was recently appointed as the Director of Choral Music at Oceanside First Presbyterian Church, where he directs the Chancel Choir. Additionally, he also serves as the Founder & Artistic Director of Pacific Harmonix, a professional vocal ensemble based in Southern California that specializes in the performance of standard, diverse, forgotten, and new choral music. He especially enjoys highlighting young composers and giving them opportunities to have their works performed. DiNoto’s conducting instructors and mentors include, Grant Gershon, Cristian Grases, Daniel Jackson, Larry Livingston, Keith Pedersen, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Tram Sparks, Nick Strimple, and Philip Tyler.
A passionate advocate for music education, Di Noto strongly believes in mentoring and teaching future generations of musicians and artists to pursue excellence in and out of the performing arts. He originally found his love for teaching while working as a K-8 music and theatre camp counselor with Maranatha Christian Schools’ Summer Theatre Arts Camp. Since then, Di Noto has had the privilege of teaching several courses including composition, conducting, music theory, music history, and various levels of choir & orchestra from the K-12 to undergraduate levels. He is also a highly sought-after guest speaker, and has given lectures to several institutions throughout California on a variety of musical topics, most recently on the Choral Music of African Americans. Di Noto currently operates a private studio where he teaches Composition & Theory, Conducting & Score Study, and Voice. His students have received accolades such as acceptance into prestigious undergraduate, graduate and fellowship music programs.
While Di Noto has been heavily involved in the arts, he only recently began to foray into arts administration. Utilizing his degree in business communication, he strives to help arts organizations run smoothly and efficiently, while simultaneously improving their day-to-day functions, planning and overall organization. Di Noto currently serves as an Executive Development & Production Assistant with the Bach Collegium of San Diego.
Frequently in demand as a guest vocalist, Di Noto’s credits as a performer span over a decade and across several genres including, choral, musical theatre, opera, and operetta productions. He has appeared as a chorister with noted ensembles including, the Bach Collegium of San Diego, the Point Loma Nazarene University Concert Choir, Sacra/Profana, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and Voces8. As a soloist, Di Noto has had the honor of being a featured performer in productions of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht, and Schubert’s Mass in G. He also enjoys giving recitals and collaborating with his colleagues. His voice instructors and mentors include, J. Craig Johnson, Amy Mein, Mary Mattei Scheibe, and Michael Sokol.
Di Noto divides his time between Los Angeles and San Diego. On the rare occasion when he is not involved in musical activities, he enjoys cooking, exercising, hiking, traveling, watersports, and spending time with his friends and loved ones.