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Meet Our Artistic Director
Nick DelBello is a sought-after conductor and educator, known for his innovative programming, conducting technique, and connection with audiences. Mr. DelBello’s conducting and teaching experience encompasses all grade levels, college programs, and community and professional ensembles of all kinds. He frequently works with guest artists from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, area college music faculty, as well as soloists from prominent orchestras across the country. DelBello’s efforts to make the symphony orchestra a relevant force in our community has inspired collaborations with living composers with a local connection including Stephen Shewan, Rob Deemer, Roland E. Martin, and Caroline Mallonee.
The 2021 season marks Mr. DelBello’s first appearance as Music Director of the Clarence Concert Association Summer Orchestra, after having served as the orchestra’s interim conductor in the 2019 season and being appointed Music Director ahead of the 2020 season before its pandemic-related cancellation. He becomes only the third Music Director in the orchestra’s sixty-three year history, following its founder, Joseph Wincenc, and previous Music Director Arie Lipsky.
Mr. DelBello has also been Music Director of the Cheektowaga Community Symphony orchestra since 2016, after having first appeared with the orchestra as a guest conductor. During his tenure with the CCSO, the orchestra has grown in size and featured numerous prominent guest artists. It has also collaborated with local community organizations such as the Buffalo Suzuki Strings, Easy Street Big Band, Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, Buffalo Silver Band, the Cheektowaga Community Chorus, the Women’s Choir of Buffalo and the Buffalo Girlchoir.
Previous guest conducting appearances include the Southern Tier Symphony, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Southern Tier Chamber Strings, Freudig Singers of Western New York, and festival ensembles for both the Erie County Music Educators Association and the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association. From 2011-2016, DelBello was the founding music director of the Buffalo Brass Choir and in 2018 was a finalist for the position of Assistant Conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
As an educator, Mr. DelBello is a full-time music teacher in the Williamsville Central Schools, having previously taught as both a vocal and instrumental music teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools. In Williamsville, he teaches courses in introductory and Advanced Placement level Music Theory in addition to work as a vocal coach and accompanist.
Mr. DelBello holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and a Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Miami. He lives in Kenmore with his wife Miranda, a music teacher in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Schools and an accomplished flutist, and their two children.