Vincent Oppido (b. 1986), a native of Long Island, NY, is currently pursuing a B.A. in Musicat George Mason University. Vincent began composing around the age of 14, and since then has written numerous works ranging from concert band, orchestra, choir, chamber, and piano works.
In the summer of 2006, Vincent was selected to participate in the Nation Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project and worked with renowned composers Mark Camphouse, JamesCurnow, Julie Giroux, and Robert Sheldon. The conference culminated in the performance ofSkysplitter! by the Prairie Wind Ensemble of Peoria, IL.
In December of 2006, Skysplitter! was performed at the 60th Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL. In February of 2007, Northwest Fanfare was premiered by the 2007 MENC All-Northwest Honor Band in Portland, OR, under the direction of Larry Gookin. In November of 2007, UnderSkies So Blue was performed by the George Mason University Wind Symphony at the annual Virginia Music Educator's Association Conference.
Vincent contributed the music examples to Anthony Maiello's conducting book Conducting Nuances: Little Things Mean A Lot (GIA Publications 2007). He was invited by Mark Camphouse to be a contributing author inVolume IV of Composers on Composing for Band: Young and Emerging Composers (GIA Publications) whichwill be released in the fall of 2008.
Vincent currently studies conducting with Anthony Maiello, composition with Mark Camphouse, classicalpiano with Anna Balakerskaia, jazz piano with Wade Beach, and jazz studies with Jim Carroll. He hascommissions dating into 2009. Vincent is a member of ASCAP, MENC, and NBA. His music is published byTRN Music Publisher, Inc.