Antonina Nigrelli

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Antonina Nigrelli earned a B.S. in Music Ed. and an M.A. in Music Performance from Hunter and Queens Colleges. She has been on the teaching staffs of Queens, Dowling and St. Joseph's Colleges and for six years was head of the Music Dept. in the William Tresper Clarke Jr.- Sr. High School in East Meadow, NY and the director of orchestras for twenty-five years at Elwood Junior and Senior High Schools, Elwood NY. A frequent guest conductor and clinician at citywide, countywide and statewide festivals, including appearances in many states and Russia, Mrs. Nigrelli has been actively involved in professional organizations, youth orchestras and professional orchestras. Her orchestral experience includes Principal Viola and Principal Second Violin with several orchestras. She was first violinist and member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Symphony and also appeared as its guest conductor. During the past twenty five years she has been the conductor and music director of the West Islip Symphony on Long Island, NY and has been, and continues to be, the conductor of the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra for the past 27 years. She has been an intrinsic part of the Long Island String Festival Association since its inception and has held several offices, including being its president for six years. Mrs. Nigrelli's interests include being on the boards of Nassau County and Suffolk County Music Educators Associations, president for eight years, for six years treasurer and currently on the board of directors of the Classical Mandolin Society of America, Inc. was the concert-mistress of the New York Balalaika and Dorma Orchestra and has been on the Board of Directors of the Balalaika and Dorma Association of America for ten years. She appeared as guest conductor for all of these organizations. Currently she freelances with the Celebration String Quartet and with various orchestras in the New York area. During the winter months she has appeared as guest conductor of "I Musici" in Naples, Florida, plays violin and viola professionally with the Charlotte Symphony and was appointed as the assistant Conductor and Concertmaster of the Gulf Coast Symphony in Ft. Myers, Florida. She was also a member of the Gulf Coast Mandolin Ensemble (GCME) and was the conductor of the Sarasota Mandolin Orchestra. Currently she leads and plays with the Mandophonics of Southwest Florida.

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