JOHN MARIO - Music Director & Conductor
|Temecula Valley Symphony is proud to announce some BIG NEWS! Maestro JOHN MARIO, the Principal Orchestra Conductor for Jackie Evancho’s concert tours, will step up to the podium in September to begin his new post as Music Director and Conductor of the Temecula Valley Symphony in Temecula! New York will soon meet the West Coast as this dynamo Maestro joins forces with the growing IVS and brings with him a level of talent and musicianship that will no doubt shake Southern California.
• John Mario has guest conducted some of the world’s finest orchestras: Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Chicago Symphony Center Pops, Utah Symphony, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Dallas Pops, Naples Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony, Boston Pops, Toledo Symphony, Indonesia Orchestra of Bali, Toronto Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony and has made over 50 appearances in major cities throughout the US and abroad.
• He has been noted for his exemplary affinity for accompaniment of singers throughout the Classical and Pop world and has an extensive background conducting opera. John Mario has held the positions of Music and Associate Artistic Director of the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY, was Associate Conductor of the Toledo Opera and served as the Artistic Director of the Long Island Opera in NY. He has Guest Conducted the following opera companies: Sarasota, Dicapo, Syracuse, Opera Southwest, Toledo Opera, Opera Birmingham, Brandenburg Opera and Opera New England of Cape Cod.
• In addition to his conducting prowess John Mario is an Italian Language Coach for the New York City Opera and boasts over 20 years of operatic repertoire coaching in Italian, German, French and English. His academic positions include Visiting Assistant Professor of Music MM Opera Program at Binghamton University and he was a member of the Voice Faculty at the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. He is also the Founder of Frank and Camille’s Westbury Conservatory and was Founder and Conductor of the Perrysburg Symphony Chorale.
A COUPLE OF REVIEWS:
"John Mario began Queen’s famous Bohemian Rhapsody with a startling command of his piano. There were no dropped notes, no missed phrases, no odd tempos. The dynamics were just phenomenal all through the concert, but with this piece, John Mario as pianist shined bright, that light helping to illume the entire orchestra in a kind of controlled frenzy. Again, I feel that people who came to see only Jackie found it hard to ignore such a high level of pianism, orchestral power and majesty. Afterwards, entering the stage again, Jackie, with big eyes, exclaimed, “That was awesome!” —Magique Fan Review
“As usual, Maestro John Mario Di Costanzo has drilled his musicians well, and the orchestra played Puccini’s score with aplomb. His attention to detail was quite amazing especially when he asked the musicians to isolate each note in one section and really stress their importance. Because Puccini’s score relies on long lines, painfully haunting musical themes and often strong and isolated chords, it is imperative to play as an ensemble, and Di Costanzo is master of this.” — Tony Vilecco, Broome Arts Mirror
"Temecula Valley Symphony has risen to its highest performance level since engaging John Mario as our conductor in the Fall of 2014. I look forward to continuing to promote Temecula Valley Symphony as one of the region's finest symphonies." - Alana Joos, President - Temecula Valley Symphony
ZUN-HIN WOO - Associate Conductor
|Temecula Valley Symphony appointed Zun-Hin Woo as our Associate Conductor at the beginning of our 2014 concert season.
Hin is also the symphony's Concert Master and String Section Coordinator which includes string coaching during rehearsals and the recruitment of new string players.
As a professional violinist Hin has performed with several orchestras in China including the Hong Kong Virtuosi, Hong Kong Sinfonietta as well as numerous symphonies in Southern California and currently is a free-lance musician. Born and raised in Montana, Mr. Woo attended the University of Oklahoma in Norma and obtained his B.M. in Violin Performance and earned his M.M. degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Hin is currently the Associate Conductor of the Symphony Irvine and has served as a conductor for the Sichuan Symphony in China as well as several symphonies in Hong Kong including the Open University, Concerto da Camera, King's College, Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra, La Salle College and Wah Yan College.
Having recently moved back to the U.S., Mr. Woo is currently securing teaching, performing and conducting positions in the Southern California area.
Maestro Anthony Parnther - Music Director & Conductor 2009 to 2014
Inland Valley Symphony would like to thank Maestro Anthony Parnther for nearly five years of outstanding music programming and leadership.
Anthony R. Parnther brought a unique perspective to the podium as an active conductor, performer, and educator. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Southeast Symphony, the Young Musician's Program Youth Orchestra at UC Berkeley and The Collective, a new premier chamber ensemble consisting of members from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, including many top musicians from Southern California.
From 2008-2011 he served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Orange County Symphony. Under his leadership, OCS grew from a mere 17 members to an orchestra of over 120 active musicians. Anthony’s interest in wind music led him to start the 65 member Orange County Wind Symphony. The OCWS garnered praise throughout the region, being hailed by critics as “symphonic excellence as good as any I have heard.” Anthony performed his final concert with the OCWS for 10,000 music lovers over a span of two evenings in the city of Brea for their “Symphony on Birch Street” Series.
Anthony has performed with the Los Angeles Opera,Lyric Opera of Chicago,Golden State Pops Orchestra, Music of the Baroque,the Virginia Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Roanoke Piedmont Symphony, Johnson City Symphony, and the Western Piedmont Symphony and is currently an active freelance musician in Los Angeles. He has studied bassoon with Robert Barris at Northwestern University, Wilbur Simpson and Burl Lane from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and additionally with Tristan Willems, Christopher Weait, Kim Walker and D. Keith McClelland.
For many years Anthony has passionately fostered a rigorous and demanding environment for young musicians to achieve musical excellence and thrive artistically. His private students are frequent competition winners on the regional and national level and have gone on to prestigious music festivals such as Sarasota, Eastern Music Festival, Interlochen, Cannon, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival,and Tanglewood. Anthony's students have accepted admittance and scholarships at many of the preeminent schools of music in the United States including Eastman, DePaul, Juilliard,New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute and Colburn.