Brass Instructor: Nina LoConte
Nina LoConte (trumpet, trombone, baritone horn) is a certified K-12 NYS music educator. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Music Education at SUNY Fredonia and is completing a Master's in Music Education at Western Connecticut State University. She also completed Advanced Initial Training at the US Army School of Music. While at Fredonia, Nina studied tenor trombone with former principal of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Carl Mazzio. Nina has performed in many ensembles including the Fredonia Concert Band, the Latin Jazz Ensemble, and the Trombone Choir. Locally, Nina has played with the Danbury Brass Band, Danbury Trombone Outfit and the Norm Hathaway Big Band in venues such as the well known Iridium on Broadway. Nina regularly performs as a vocalist and trombonist with the 102D Army Band as a member of the United States Army National Guard. She is currently a full time music teacher at Temple Hill Academy in Newburgh. As an instructor, Nina has taught brass students of all ages and ranges, including NYSSMA and college audition preparation, jazz studies, and doubling.
More about Nina:College:
SUNY Fredonia & Western Connecticut State UniversityMajor:
Music EdFavorite Classical Piece:
Faure RequiemFavorite Jazz Artist:
Ella FitzgeraldFavorite Singer:
First piece of music that had a profound effect on me: Sleep by Eric Whitacre. I played it in Area All State in High School and it was just a great musical experience for me. Music teacher who inspired me the most:
Phil Bleinberger, my trombone teacher at the Army School of Music. He was an incredible trombone player and excellent motivator. Favorite quote about music:
"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." (Baba Dioum, 1968.) Its not really a music quote, but I feel it sums up perfectly why we bother teaching music.