Jonny Priano is a music educator at the Wilmington Area School District in western Pennsylvania where he leads five choirs at the high school and middle school levels. His groups consistently earn Superior ratings at Adjudication Festivals and competitions. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned a Master of Music Performance degree in Choral Conducting from Youngstown State University in 2014. During this time, he studied conducting with Dr. Hae-Jong Lee and voice with Dr. Allan Mosher. Jonny also earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Grove City College in 2007, graduating Cum Laude with High Honors in Music. His concentrated instrument was the piano and he studied voice with choral director and compositional mentor Dr. Douglas A. Browne.
Jonny’s choral music is published through Alfred Music, Hal Leonard, and Colla Voce Music, with several of these pieces given the distinction of J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice. He is the Composer-in-Residence for the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers and enjoys frequent collaborations with conductor Dr. David Holdhusen. Jonny has received commissions from choirs across the United States and his music has received performances in Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. In 2013, he was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to compose “Sing As One,” a choral piece that was performed by a 2,000-member choir in the inaugural Music for the Spirit Festival. Jonny has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Professional Core for the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and is the pianist at New Life Baptist Church. He resides in western Pennsylvania with his wife, Ashley, their son, Luca, and their dog, Ace.