Hello! I’m tired of creating rounds and having them only exist in my classroom, so I’ve decided to share them here. Some are great, some are probably terrible, but it’s all in an effort to remind ourselves to sing with others all the time, every day. I hope this project inspires me to keep writing and to vastly improve my abilities to write music. I enjoy arranging for new singers and I think rounds are a really great way to break from unison singing into harmony. So, let’s sing! This started May 1, 2015 and will continue until April 30, 2016. Wish me luck! And share this page with other singing enthusiasts.
Biographical Background Stuff
John Atorino hails from Ridgewood, New Jersey where he attended the public schools. At age seven he began studying piano, and at the age of eleven, discovered his passion for singing and acting on stage. Thus his education in choral/vocal music and theater commenced. He began composing and arranging in 8th grade when he arranged a song for his after-school choir. Throughout high school, John sang with various choruses and choirs in New Jersey, composed and arranged music, performed in a dozen plays and musicals and directed various summer theater camps in Ridgewood.
After high school, John left the east coast to pursue music education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he studied conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone and voice with Carmen Pelton. Inspired by these professors, he searched for creative outlets beyond the walls of the classroom. He began by sound- scoring plays and composing music for various student projects, and serving as music director and arranger for Pippin, presented by the student theater group, MUSKET and as a singer and arranger for his a cappella group The Compulsive Lyres. He also became immersed in the Department of Student Affairs’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, where for three years he created and implemented a men’s activism program that organized workshops for men’s groups on campus. After graduation, John worked as a paid summer intern under Peter McDowell, in the department of public music programs at the Chicago Cultural Center. During this time, he was the assistant director for a production of The Magic Flute, the curator of a photography exhibition for the Gay Games VII, and co- produced and managed the Sondheim in the Park event in Millennium Park.
After his summer in arts management, John was hired as a conductor for the Chicago Children’s Choir and was able to connect with students from all over the city of Chicago. After a year in this position, John became the music teacher at a Chicago’s Social Justice High School where, through grants, he purchased 28 electric keyboards and began a piano lab class in which he taught piano skills and music through the lens of community struggle and community action. During three years at Social Justice, John developed and initiated a choir program, an after-school drama club, a lights, sound, and theater tech club, a monthly student open mic series and the school’s inaugural day-long community arts festival showcasing its various arts programs and student work.
John moved back to the east coast to further his education by obtaining a master’s degree in music education from New York University where he restarted the sleeping NYU Men’s Glee Club in 2011 and became the conductor. He worked as a guest teacher and sometimes musical director at various charter, private, and public schools around the city and has taught full time in the music classroom to grades 6 -12 both in NYC and in NJ. He began assistant conducting with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus in 2015 where he conducted and arranged various songs for their 2015-2016 season. Notably, John conducted the NYCGMC singing his arrangement of “Say Something” at the 2016 GALA Festival in Denver, Colorado.
Now, John resides in Brooklyn, NY where he is a music associate with Samuel French, Inc. while still conducting the NYU Men’s Glee Club and assistant-conducting with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. John also volunteers as the music director of the SAGE chorus- a chorus for elderly LGBT people through the SAGE Center in NYC. John continues to arrange music and hopes this project will inspire other music teachers to arrange and compose with and for their choirs, students, or friends.