“What maestro John Mario Di Constanzo has done is to, literally, transform the opera’s orchestra to such a high level of playing that it’s hard to imagine these already fine musicians could should even better… He ‘breathes’ with his singers, giving them room for ample interpretive moments and deep artistic liberty with Verdi’s riveting music.” – Tony Vilecco, Broome Arts Mirror
John Mario, has been noted for his exemplary affinity for accompaniment of singers throughout the classical and pop world. His exciting conducting schedule included appearances with the Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Colorado, Stockton, Baltimore, Long Beach, Thousand Oaks, Parma Recording, Chautaqua, Marin County, San Bernadino, and Tacoma Symphonies as well as the Nap Philharmonic, Dallas Pops, Rhode Island Philharmonic and notably his Chicago Symphony Center debut.
John Mario is a veteran opera conductor serving three seasons an Music Director of the legendary Tri-Cities Opera of Binghamton, NY, former training grounds for opera stars such as Richard Leech and Placido Domingo, and also the oldest Resident Artist Training Program in the USA. Besides conducting three opera productions a year, his duties encompassed NPT radio show Operalogues. SUNY Binghamton also appointed John Mario as a full-time Visiting Professor of Music for the Masters of Music in Opera program. He is the former Artistic Director of Long Island Opera, where he led LIO’s first production of its renaissance – La Traviata in June 2010. From the pit over the past decades, he has led dozens of productions as guest conductor in companies across the US, including Sarasota Opera, Toledo Opera, Syracuse Opera and Opera Southwest
Youth Music Director
A graduate of the University of Redlands, Todd Montemayor is a passionate advocate for music in the lives of our youth. He currently teaches orchestra, band, choir and general music at four elementary schools in San Bernardino.
He is the music director and conductor of two youth symphonies in Sothern California: The Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony in the Coachella Valley, and the Redlands Youth Symphony based in Redlands, California.
He currently resides with his wife, three cats and a dog in Yucaipa, California. Originally from Sacramento, California, Todd was invited in 2006 to conduct the Scaramento Youth Symphony (SYS) Premier Orchestra in a world premiere of Mt. Fuji a tone poem by young composer Ian Politano.
In the summer of 2007, Todd traveled with and conducted the Premier Orchestra to sold-out audiences on a n international tour to Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Todd Regularly returns to Sacramento to conduct and coach at SYS’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop directed by renowned cellist, Susan Lamb Cook. While at the University of Redlands,
Todd studied the disciplines of wind, orchestral and choral conducting with Dr. Eddie Smith, Co Nguyen, Dr. Nicholle Andrews and Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallee. Todd studied classical percussion with William Schlitt, principal timpanist of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and chamber music with Pavel Farkas.