Frank Martignetti

Director of the Music and Performing Arts Program
Assistant Professor of Music, School of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D., Music Education, New York University, 2017
M.M., Choral Conducting, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 2002
B.M., Music Education, Eastman School of Music, 1999
B.A., History, University of Rochester, 1999

Office Location: Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center, Office 222
Telephone: (203) 576-4407

Frank Martignetti has served as Director of Choral Activities at UB since 2005 and has coordinated graduate studies in music education since 2011. In 2016, he was appointed as the Director of the Music and Performing Arts Program. Under his leadership, UB’s choral program has grown steadily since its restart in 2005, including collaborations with a variety of community music organizations, and performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Since 2008, Professor Martignetti has also served as the Artistic Director of the Mystic River Chorale, a community chorus in southeastern Connecticut founded in 1984. Under his direction, the Chorale has broadened its community outreach, presented grant-funded regional premieres, collaborated with area high school choirs, community choirs, and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and had singers make their Avery Fischer Hall debut. Additionally, he is an experienced church musician and music director for school, community and regional theater. Professor Martignetti currently serves as Director of Music Ministries & Organist at Advent Lutheran Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Professor Martignetti’s work with future music teachers is informed by his ten years of K-12 teaching experience, almost exclusively in urban schools. In 2006, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra recognized his efforts in the New Haven Public Schools by naming him a recipient of its Excellence in Music Teaching Award.

Professor Martignetti’s current research uses ethnographic and case study approaches to study music teaching and learning in urban public schools. His writing has appeared in the Choral Journal, the Music Educators’ Journal, and Visions of Research in Music Education. He has presented clinics, papers and workshops at conferences and organizations including the Bridgeport Boys Choir, College Music Society, Michigan State University, Montclair State University, University of Connecticut, University of North Texas, New Haven Public Schools, Rhode Island Music Educators Association, and the Society for Music Teacher Education.

Professor Martignetti is available for adjudication, clinics, workshops, and guest conducting.

Areas of Interest

Music education, teacher education, urban education, conducting, choral music, church music, musical theater, organ, vocal pedagogy, classical music

Courses Taught

  • MSED 435: Music, the Mind, and Society
  • MSED 511: Conducting
  • MSED 520: Group Instruction in Voice
  • MUSC 103: University Singers
  • MUSC 104: Chamber Singers
  • MUSC 109: Music Theory I
  • MUSC 110: Music Theory II
  • MUSC 215: Music Theory III
  • MUSC 255: Group Piano I
  • MUSC 109A-216A: Aural Theory I-IV

Honors and Awards

  • One of five 2015 finalists nationally for The American Prize in choral conducting: community choirs division.
  • Winner, 2006 Excellence in Music Teaching Award, New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
  • Recognized in Outstanding American Teachers, 2005-06, Who’s Who in American Education 2007-08.
  • Alfred Nash Patterson Grants from Choral Arts New England awarded to the Mystic River Chorale (2012, 2014)

Conference Presentations, Masterclasses, Clinics, and Workshops

Martignetti, F., (November 2016). Clinician, Election Day Professional Development. Middletown (CT) Public Schools Music Department.

_____. (September 2016). It’s About Relationships: Best Practices of Urban Teachers and Engaging First Generation Undergraduates. Presentation for University of Bridgeport Faculty Development Day.

_____. (July 2016). Urban Music Education and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Guest lecture for University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

_____. (March 2016). Masterclass. Naugatuck Valley Community College Chorus, Waterbury, CT.

_____. (February 2016). Keynote speaker and clinician. Connecticut Music Educators’ Association Professional Development Day for Urban Music Educators. Bridgeport, CT.

_____. (October 2015). Masterclass, Seymour High School Chorus, Seymour, Connecticut.

_____. (October 2015). Building an Effective Ensemble Culture. Guest lecture for University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

_____. (May 2015). Clinician, Connecticut College High School Choral Festival, New London, CT.

_____. (March 2015). Rethinking Ear Training to Serve All Music Students. Paper presented at the Northeast Chapter Conference of the College Music Society. Boston, Massachusetts.

_____. (June 2014). Negotiating Democracy, Diversity and Community in an Urban High School Classroom. Paper presented at Giving Voice to Democracy in Music Education. John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey.

______. (February 2014). Planning Music and Liturgy for Life Passages. Guest lecture at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University. New York, New York.

______. (September 2013). Rethinking Alternatives: Improving a Master’s Program with Initial Certification. Research poster presented at the 2013 Symposium on Music Teacher Education, Greensboro, North Carolina.

______. (August 2013). Conducted selections from Handel’s Messiah, Parts II and III. Fairfield County Chorale Summer Sings, Westport, Connecticut.

______. (January 2013). Introduction to Lutheran Worship. Guest Lecturer for January Intensive Course at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University. New York, New York.

______. (March 2012). Building a Positive and Productive Ensemble Culture. Workshop presented at the Rhode Island Music Educators’ Association Conference, Providence, Rhode Island.

Martignetti, F., Claus, M., Hawkins, T., Niknafs, N., and Talbot, B., (March 2011). Rethinking Urban Secondary General Music: Teachers’ Voices. Panel presented at the New Directions in Music Education conference, East Lansing, Michigan.

Martignetti, F., (June 2010). Conducted Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Con Brio/Cappella Cantorum Summer Sings, Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

_____.(June 2009). Quality Music for Small Church Choirs. Workshop for the Greater Bridgeport Chapter, American Guild of Organists, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

_____. (September 2006). Global Music and the Church. Workshop for the Greater Bridgeport Chapter, American Guild of Organists, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

_____. (November 2004). Building Comprehensive Choral Programs. In–service day for the New Haven Public Schools Music Department, New Haven, Connecticut.


Refereed Publications

Martignetti, F., (2017). Negotiating democracy, diversity, and community in an urban high school  classroom. Manuscript under review.

Martignetti, F., (2014). Crossing the divide: Urban 8th graders’ thoughts regarding high school band participation. Manuscript in preparation.

Martignetti, F., Talbot, B., Claus, M., Hawkins, T., and Niknafs, N. (2013). You got to know us: Music education in urban environments as a hopeful model for the profession. Visions of Research in Music Education 23.

Ph.D. Dissertation 

In Their Own Voices: An Ethnographic Study of a New York City Public High School Music Program. 2017. New York University.

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