Location: Indiana, USA
Chicago born composer Salvatore A. LoCascio is an active composer, performer and educator based in the Muncie area.
He's written works for a variety of performers, mediums and skill levels and has had works performed in the States and abroad. This ranges from anthems, preludes and hymns written for various churches in the Atlanta area to pieces performed professionally on stage by various performers. Some performers of note include: violists Tania Maxwell Clements and Amy Leventhal, flautist Teresa Feliciano, organist Alex Benford, Bassoonist Patricia Gunther, choir members of the Clayton State Chorale and pianists Laura Gordy and Peter Marshall.
In 2014, his electroacoustic work Bene was performed at the National SCI conference (where he was the only person invited who had yet to obtain his master's degree at the time.) His recent choral work The Good Shepherd won the 2014 Georgia Young Composer's Festival. His works have been called "Reminiscent of Prokofiev" and "showing of a sophisticated aural aesthetic and ability to create beauty."
He is also an active educator and performer. A champion of 20th and 21st century vocal music, he frequently performs songs written by Debussy, Poulenc, Ives & Peter Warlock. He actively performs art songs written by university students written throughout the Atlanta area and provides coaching and general advice in writing for the medium. He was a member of the prestigious Georgia State University Singers and helped the chorus take 2nd place at the 42nd annual Florilège vocal de Tours. He was one of the co-conductors of Georgia State's Master's Singers which, under his baton, performed the John Rutter Requiem, excerpts from Carmina Burana and works by composers such as William Byrd.
Mr. LoCascio graduated from Clayton State University in 2011, cum laude with a Bachelor's of Music degree in Music composition and obtained his MM: Composition from Georgia State, summa cum laude, in 2014. He is currently working on a Doctorate of Arts at Ball State University, where he is studying acoustic/electroacoustic composition and choral conducting techniques. More information can be found on his website: www.salvatorelocascio.com