Assistant Principal Bass
As an orchestral musician, John Mark Pellegrino has performed regularly in the Grand Teton Music Festival and as Principal Bass in the Peninsula Music Festival, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Calls from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony have allowed him to play, tour and record with those ensembles. Other orchestral appearances have included concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the New York Virtuosi and the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York. Before moving to Ohio in 1989, John was a section member of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Pellegrino earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, and he has served on the faculties of Ohio Wesleyan University, the Eastern Music Festival (NC), the Warwick Music Festival (RI), Kinhaven Music Camp (VT) and the Chamber Music Connection in Worthington, Ohio. In 2008, John was the recipient of the Ohio Private/Studio Teacher of the Year award given by the Ohio String Teacher’s Association. His students have won competitions held by the International Society of Bassists, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Ohio String Teachers Association, Interlochen Arts Camp and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Since 2007 John has been the Artistic Director and bass player for www.musiconthehillri.com. Additional chamber music performing appearances have included concerts at the Roycroft, Sarasota, Aspen, Waterloo, Grand Teton festivals as well as OSU's Contemporary Music Festival, the Sunday at Central recital series in Columbus, OH and at the OWU•//•NOW contemporary music festival in Delaware, OH. John was born and raised in Warwick, RI and owes much to his family of music educators/performers, private teachers, the public school music program in Warwick and to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra program under the direction of Nedo Pandolfi.