Joe Nigro

Violin, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra


New York City native Joseph J. Nigro is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with both Karen Tuttle and Burton Kaplan. While in New York, Mr. Nigro appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to Gracie Mansion and the White House.

Since his relocation in 1995, Joe has appeared locally as principal violist of Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke and Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Nigro also enjoyed an eight-year tenure as both principal violist and academy director of Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. In 2012, Mr. Nigro formed The James Chamber Players with the intention that this chamber ensemble would provide an avenue along which local professionals could come together to rehearse and perform the wonderful literature written for the string orchestra medium. This year The James Chamber Players, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ensemble, will offer its six season of Four Sundays at Four. The 2016-2017 series will include holiday and St. Patrick’s Day performances at Oakwood Country Club as part of Arts on the Avenue as well as performances at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and the University of Lynchburg. 

Mr. Nigro’s chamber music performances include six summers at the Downeast Chamber Music Center in Maine and a fellowship to the Blossom Festival School in Ohio, where he studied with Robert Vernon. Mr. Nigro’s desire to bring chamber music to Lynchburg eventually led to the formation of The James String Quartet in 1995. The ensemble, now in its 23rd year, will continue to concertize in the Lynchburg and Roanoke area at The Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Westminster Canterbury, Longwood University, on The GLEBE Arts Response series in Amherst, and the James River Day School.

In Lynchburg, Mr. Nigro will continue to direct the strings program at New Covenant Schools as well as maintaining a private studio for both violin and viola. Mr. Nigro is a member of the “Artists in Residence” ensemble and is an adjunct professor of violin, viola and Chamber Music at the University of Lynchburg where he will also enjoy his new appointment as conductor of the University of Lynchburg Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Nigro has also served as the music director and conductor of the Sweet Briar College Orchestra and the Wintergreen Festival Academy Chamber Orchestra. He has guest conducted the Virginia Junior Regional Orchestra, taught at the Central Virginia Suzuki Institute, and is a former member of the board of directors of The Virginia School of the Arts.

Mr. Nigro and his wife Darlene reside in Forest. Joe Jr. has finished his third year as a Engineering candidate at Virginia Tech; Ally is gearing up for her second year as a Biology major at the University of Virginia and Lizzie will continue her drama pursuits at Jefferson Forest High School, where she has also earned placement on the JF Varsity Cheerleading and Dance Team.