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John Arrigo-Nelson’s music has been performed and broadcast throughout the United States and in Europe, and in 2003 he appeared as featured guest composer on Kalvos & Damian’s New Music Bazaar on WGDR radio in Vermont. He holds a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University where his primary teachers were Sheila Silver and Daria Semegen. In 2000, he was a student at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt for the 40th International Summer Courses in New Music where he studied with Olga Neuwirth, Isabel Mundry and Salvatore Sciarrino.
Arrigo-Nelson has received various awards and recognition, including a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Stony Brook University’s Ackerman Prize for outstanding graduate studies in music and Honorable Mention in both the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould and Brian Israel Competitions. His music frequently employs the simultaneous use of conflicting tempi, and two of his compositions have been analyzed and included on composer John Greschak’s website dealing with polytemporal music (www.greschak.com).
He has served on the adjunct faculty of Stony Brook University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University South Bend teaching composition, musicianship, theory, and history. He currently lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and pug.