About Mr. Nicholas Pignataro
(610) 892-3470 ext. 2135
Mr. Nick Pignataro is the Instrumental Music Teacher at Strath Haven High School. Mr. Pignataro first came to know Strath Haven students as a student teacher with Jack Hontz in 2011. Since then, he considered Jack a mentor and friend and kept Jack’s loving, legendary, and inclusive approach to music education close to his heart. Mr. Pignataro taught for five years as an Elementary School Band Director in the Penn-Delco School District and for two years as Music Teacher at St. Hilary of Poitiers School. He has been recognized with the 2018 Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Excellence in Teaching Award and the Professional Hero Award from the Delaware County Right to Education Task Force for his work with students with special needs in 2015. Mr. Pignataro values technology as a teaching tool and became a Google Level 1 Certified Educator in 2017.
Mr. Pignataro is in his fifth season as is co-music director of the Young Musicians’ Orchestra. He has appeared as a conductor with Bravo Brass for five seasons and has acted as rehearsal conductor for the Drexel University Concert Band, the Drexel Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County Philharmonia, and the Atlantic Brass Band. He served as the Music Director at St. Anne Church and the neighborhood classical music concert series “Music at St. Anne’s.”
In the theatre, he has led performances at the Player’s Club of Swarthmore, Sun Valley High School Theatre, and served as a music director for Cardinal O’Hara High School Theater and Upper Darby Summer Stage Children’s Theater. Mr. Pignataro studied conducting with Paul Bryan of the Curtis Institute of Music and with Joseph Caminiti in West Chester University’s orchestral conducting program. Mr. Pignataro earned a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from West Chester University in 2018.
He graduated from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2011 with a degree in Music Education. At Temple, he studied trumpet with Eric Schweingruber and Roger Blackburn of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Pignataro and his wife Allie live in Delaware County where they enjoy cooking, exploring local wildlife, and taking trips to the beach.