Vinny LaMonica

Bassoon

Vincent LaMonica (b. 1993, he/him/his pronouns) enjoys a diverse career as a performer, conductor, composer, and educator. Vinny has performed in chamber groups, wind ensembles, brass bands, and orchestras throughout New England and the Midwest and is an in-demand bassoonist and contrabassoonist, having performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Springfield (MA), Portland (ME), Albany (NY), Kenosha (WI), and Bangor (ME) and the Orchestra of Indian Hill (Littleton, MA), among others. Vinny is also the Executive Director and bassoonist of the Doclé Reed Quintet, a Chicago-based ensemble of alumni from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), where he studied with David McGill for his Master’s Degree.

His previous teachers have included Nancy Goeres, Rebecca Eldredge, Ronald Haroutunian, Margaret Phillips, and Janet Polk, and he attended the 2017 season of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Vinny is the conductor of Ashford’s Babcock Cornet Band and the East Woodstock Cornet Band. In addition to his dedicated work with these historic community ensembles (the Babcock Cornet Band having performed continuously under its current name since 1862, with roots back to April of 1775), Vinny was selected by the Connecticut Music Educators Association to program for and conduct the 2020 Southern Region High School Band, which performed selections by Sousa, Julie Giroux, William Grant Still, and Andrew Boysen, Jr. He was slated to give two presentations at the CMEA All-State Conference is April 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19) about using habit-based learning routines to revamp warmups and elevate musical standards of individuals, ensembles, and music programs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Vinny sought out ways to help musicians and communities. Alongside oboist Teil Buck, he founded A Common Thread: reeds ACT, which provides free online lessons for double
reed players across the globe. Vinny created online educational content to help musicians continue to develop musically and technically while band and lesson programs found new ways of reaching students. He also joined the board of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford and helped develop the organization’s first Virtual Festival, furthering their mission of showcasing the work of women-identifying composers past, present, and future and connecting with a broader, international audience. Vinny continues to volunteer with Laurel Music Camp, a one-week summer music camp in northwest Connecticut for high school musicians.

Vinny is looking forward to continuing Becky Eldredge’s bassoon legacy here at the Community Music School of Springfield, where he will continue to help our students find their own unique voice in music.

 

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Vinny holding his bassoon over his shoulder, standing in front of a body of water

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