December 3, 2018 In the spring of 2017 I had the opportinity to meet and work with the suberb conductor, Joseph Modica. Joe was conducting the orchestra backing the sensational Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo, for their Notte Magica tour across north America. Joe is one of the finest conductors I have ever played for, and a great guy too. In the interview we discuss his first conducting experiences, some cool gigs (like working with John Williams!) and balancing a life in music.
Joseph Modica is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Redlands and the Director of Pastoral Music at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA. Dr. Modica is the Conductor of the Festival Choir at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Camp and has prepared choruses for “Video Games Live” in Anaheim, CA and in collaboration with Trudell Orchestras, LLC , he contracted and prepared choruses across the country for the National Tour of “Star Wars – In Concert.” In 2002 Dr. Modica prepared the chorus for the American Ballet Theatre production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which was aired on PBS, and released on DVD as part of the Great Performances series.
Choirs under Dr. Modica’s direction have toured in Italy, Australia, Hawaii, New York, Washington D.C., Washington and Oregon, Florida, and the Bahamas. In 2013, he conducted Mozart’s Requiem in Carnegie Hall, and his choirs have sung High Mass at Basilica San Marco in Venice and Basilica San Pietro in Rome, and have been fortunate enough to sing for Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
[Photo by Sean J. Kennedy of Joe conducting Il Volo at Foxwoods in CT. 2017]