James V. Signorile (b. 1952) is a native of Chicago, IL. His spent his first few years in Astoria, Queens, NY, and then was raised in Ridgewood, NJ. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in 1974 from Colby College, Waterville, ME. He later attained his Master of Science degree in Computer Science in 1992 from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ. His Masters Thesis "Uniting the Science of Computers and the Art of Music: A Synthesis made possible by MIDI in Computer Music Applications" further broadened his musical education, and culminated in the development of a fully functional MIDI sequencer.
Jim Signorile first began piano lessons at the age of 8 and began composing at the age of 15. He later studied composition at Ridgewood High School with Murray B. Colosimo and John Lochner, and at Colby College with Peter Ré (a student of Paul Hindemith), Ermanno F. Comparetti, and Gordon W. Bowie. He was the student composer and conductor, vice-president and member of both the Colby College Concert Band and Colby Community Symphony Orchestra, and the Concertmaster of the Concert Band. He was awarded the Colby College Band Award in 1974. He was also the first student composer in Colby history to have his compositions performed by the Colby Community Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band, and he arranged the processional music for his college graduation ceremonies.
Jim Signorile was trained as a classical concert pianist by Gates Wray, a protégé of Vladimir Horowitz. His interests, however, became more concentrated in the area of composition. He also plays clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, classical and folk guitar, and soprano and alto recorder. He has been principal bass clarinetist of the Ramapo Wind Symphony of Mahwah, NJ. He currently resides with his wife Mary in Teaneck, NJ, and by day is a software developer.
Jim won the 1999 through 2004 ASCAP Awards and has been the recipient of commissions for Piano Suites and solos, Organ Symphonies and solos and Piano Concertos.
Jim Signorile is a member of ASCAP, SCI, the American Music Center (AMC), and the Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers (CPCC). His music is published by Zimbel Press (www.zimbel.com).