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RIC alum touring nation as orchestra conductor  

RIC grad John Mario Di Costanzo, ’84, has been traveling the country as orchestra conductor for the “Dream With Me” tour of Jackie Evancho, the child prodigy whose recordings have raced to the top of the Billboard charts since she was 10 years old.

John Mario Di Costanzo

Di Costanzo, who majored in piano performance at Rhode Island College, has performed with Evancho in such cities as San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Newark, N.J., with more concert appearances scheduled for the coming months in Washington state and Pennsylvania. Evancho, now 12 years old, is a crossover singer whose unusual repertoire mixes pop standards with show tunes and classical favorites.

Di Costanzo’s work with Evancho is the latest step in his increasingly successful music career. He has in recent months conducted world-class orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Symphony.

In 2010, he became a full-time professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton and was named music director for Tri-Cities Opera, also based in Binghamton. Founded in 1949, the regional opera company is known for its resident artist training program, the oldest in the nation.

“My experience at RIC formed an incredible foundation for my future endeavors,” Di Costanzo said.

In the course of his career, he has conducted for the Syracuse Opera in New York and the Sarasota Opera in Florida. He has been associate conductor for the Toledo Opera, artistic director for the Long Island Opera, and principal conductor for the Perrysburg Symphony in Ohio.

In addition to his RIC degree, Di Costanzo earned a master’s in piano accompanying and chamber music from the University of Michigan.