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educator , opera administrator , author

Nick Rossi, American opera administrator, author, educator. Recipient American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers/Deems Taylor award, 1984, Research award New York City University, 1984; Named Andrew Mellon fellow, 1985.

Background

Rossi, Nick was born on November 14, 1924 in San Luis Obispo, California, United States. Son of Nicholas Louis and Lillian Alice (McCurry) Rossi.

Education

Bachelor of Music, University Southern California, 1948, Master of Music, 1952. Doctor of Philosophy., Sussex College of Technology, 1971. Music consultant secondary schools, Los Angeles City School District, 1948-1968.

Director various museum comedies and operettas North Hollywood High School, California, 1949-1968. Producer, stage director opera Hollywood Theater Arts Workshop, 1963-1964. Conductor, stage director Infancy of Christ (oratorio), Congressional Church of Glendale (California), 1959.

Production supervisor television high school talent series Station KHJ-television, Los Angeles, 1961-1962, director, conductor Oklahoma, 1957. Program director choral ensembles Station KFI, Los Angeles, 1959-1960, 61-62, 62-63. Director Romeo and Juliet, ABC-television, Los Angeles, 1964.

Stage director, producer operas including: Aucassin et Nicolette, 1965, Four Saints in Three Acts, 1962, 71, Song of Songs, 1973, Importance of Being Earnest, 1974, Crazy to Do My Act, 1979, Trial of St. Joan, 1973, L'importanza di esser Franco, 1984, Muzio Scevola, 1985, Il principe Barbablu, 1986, Il filosofo di campagna, 1986, Il geloso shernito, 1986, Amor soldato, 1987, La Pentola, 1987, Cosi fan tutte, 1988, Dialoghi d'amore, 1988, Le nozze di Figaro, 1989, La Cambiale di Matrimonio, 1990, L'Impresario in Augustie, 1993, Il Convito, 1994, Li Sposi per Accidente, 1995, Don Giovanni, 1996. Chairman music education University Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1970-1974, organizer, director Virgil Thomson festival, 1971, Norman Dello Joio Festival, 1972, Don Juan in the Performing Arts Festival, 1973, Castelnuovo-Tedesco Festival, 1974, Carman Moore Festival, 1976, Women in Music Festival, 1978. Administrative director Studio Lirico Italy, 1983-1991.

Adminstrv coordinator Studio Lirico, since 1991. Coordinator music and dance LaGuardia Community College, Long Island, New York, 1974-1986. Administrative director International Festa Musicale Stiana, City University of New York, 1985-1988.

Associate professor, 1974-1986. Associate editor Keyboard Publications, division American Book Company, New York City, 1962-1980. Director chorus Los Angeles Annual Bach Festival, 1962-1965.

Guest lecturer various international music education organizations, since 1962. Music critic The Christian Science Monitor, 1985-1995, Italy for Opera Canada, since 1988, Civil Defense Classica, Italy, since 1988. Foreign correspondent Italy for Musical American, 1983-1992, Civil Defense Classica, since 1985, Gramophone, 1986-1992, World News Link, 1989-1991, Classical Disc Digest, since 1993, Orfeo, since 1996.

Career

Producer, stage director opera Hollywood Theater Arts Workshop, 1963-1964. Chairman music education University Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1970-1974, organizer, director Virgil Thomson festival, 1971, Norman Dello Joio Festival, 1972, Don Juan in the Performing Arts Festival, 1973, Castelnuovo-Tedesco Festival, 1974, Carman Moore Festival, 1976, Women in Music Festival, 1978. Contributor articles to professional journals.

Conductors and Composers, Oceanic Society of America Museum Natural History, Pi Kappa Lambda.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: (with Sadie Rafferty) Music Through the Centuries, 1963, 3d edition, 1981. (with Robert A. Choate) Music of Our Time, 1969. From Jazz to Rock, 1970.

      Pathways to Music, 1970. A Musical Pilgrimage, 1971. Electronic Music, 1971.

      Twentieth-Century Music and Art, 1972. Hearing Music, 1981, Opera in Italy Today, 1995. J.S. Bach: A Biography in Pictures, 1981.

      Columnist: European Opera for the Record, Fanfare magazine, 1983-1989, Notes from Abroad, Keyboard Classics magazine, 1983-1992. Editor/arranger modern performing editions L'impresario in Angustie, 1993, Il Convito, 1994, L'Infedelta Fedele, 1996. Contributor articles to professional journals.

Membership

Served with United States Army, 1942-1946. Member American Choral Conductors Association, American Musicological Society, Choral Conductors Guild of America (honorary), International Folk Music Council, American Society of Composers, Society for Ethnomusicology, International Castelnuovo-Tedesco Society (founder, president 1975-1991), National Association for American Conductors and Composers, Oceanic Society of America Museum Natural History, Pi Kappa Lambda. Christian Scientist.

Connections

father:
Nicholas Louis Rossi

mother:
Lillian Alice (McCurry) Rossi