Joseph J. Nigro
He has been an organist and choir director since 1975, having his first appointment as a parish music director at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in the Bronx. He conducted choir tours in Rome and the Vatican in 1996, 1998, and 2001; and in Austria and Germany in 2003.
He has directed and produced several recordings of sacred music. In October 1997, the late Cardinal Egan appointed Mr. Nigro Director of Music for the funeral services of former Bishop of Bridgeport Walter Curtis, held in the Cathedral of Saint Augustine in Bridgeport, Connecticut where he conducted a Diocesan choir of one hundred voices with chamber orchestra and cathedral organ.
Mr. Nigro has performed several organ recitals in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and in June 2003 he conducted a combined Archdiocesan Choir of one hundred twenty-five voices for the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office’s Centennial Anniversary Liturgy, His Eminence Cardinal Egan presiding.
He served a term as Dean of the Westchester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, 2004-2006. Mr. Nigro studied organ with Dr. Jack Hennigan of Pelham, New York, and teaches piano and organ to private students in Westchester.
He is the Director of Sacred Music at the Catholic Church of Saint Joseph in Somers, New York, and the founder, conductor and artistic director of The TreasureHouse Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, based in Westchester, New York, and currently celebrating its 30th anniversary year. He is a co-founding member of The Three Organists, an organist consortium that performs in local churches.
Mr. Nigro earned a bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, and a Master’s Degree in Military History at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.