Vincent LaMonica (b. 1993), a native of rural Ashford, Connecticut, enjoys a diverse career in music as a performer, composer, and educator. Having recently completed the Master’s program at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), Vinny has moved back to Quiet Corner with the goal of giving back to the musical community of the Quiet Corner.
Vinny is the new director of Ashford’s Babcock Cornet Band, the oldest continuously-running community band in the United States, currently in its 157th year. Vinny also previously served as the Assistant Conductor of the East Woodstock Cornet Band from 2014 to 2016.
Vinny has performed in chamber groups, wind ensembles, brass bands, and orchestras throughout New England and the Midwest, and is a substitute bassoonist and contrabassoonist with the Symphony Orchestras of Springfield (MA), Portland (ME), Albany (NY), Kenosha (WI), and South Bend (IN), the Orchestra of Indian Hill (Littleton, MA), and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. His teachers includ David McGill, Nancy Goeres, Margaret Phillips, Ronald Haroutunian, Rebecca Eldredge, and Janet Polk, and he attended the 2017 season of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Vinny is also the Executive Director and bassoonist of the Doclé Reed Quintet, a Chicago-based ensemble made up of five Northwestern alumni.
As a composer, Vinny combines the beloved aesthetics of traditional tonal music with extensive serial techniques. While creating music with a unique and progressive voice, Vinny’s style and sound are easily accessible by all audiences alike. As the recipient of an IDEA research grant, Vinny analyzed the works and techniques of Alban Berg and created a set of pieces in his style, including Vincent’s Sonatina for bassoon and piano, which is now published by T.D. Ellis Music. Vinny’s composition teachers were Dr. Kenneth Fuchs and Dr. Michael Annicchiarico.
Check out Vinny’s website, www.VincentLaMonica.com, to learn more!