Nathan Giglierano

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This is Nathan's portfolio website.



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Seventeen year old, Nathan Giglierano began his musical career inventing instruments out of common objects when he was only two years old.  He carried around a watering can, cheerfully humming into the long spout, tooting out songs.  As Nathan grew older he had free reign to explore the family's large collection of musical instruments including, guitar, banjo, sitar, dulcimer, oud, harmonica, balalyka, bagpipes and mandolin.  

 It wasn't until he was an old man of 10 that be began to study the violin in the public school strings program.  By the end of 6th grade, his orchestra teacher recommended that he audition to study with Allen Ohmes, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, with whom he has been studying ever since. 

  During the summer of 2006, Nathan studied chamber music at North Carolina School of the arts and this past summer he went to Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York, an intense and austere camp that has been the summer camp of many of the world's top string players, including Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, and Pinchas Zukerman.  As a sophomore, Nathan played in two quartets, coached by Allen Ohmes and Maia Quartet members Hannah Holman and Tricia Park. 

  Nathan currently plays in the City High School Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Candace Wiebener and has played in the Iowa All State Orchestra for the past 3 years. Nathan studies composition with Dan Knight and piano with Susan McGuire.  He plays guitar and violin in the Jazz Ensemble, sings in three choirs, plays violin in Disciple Strings, and plays in a piano trio with Philip Bergman and Claire Paulson.  Nathan also performs frequently with the City High Quartet and gives violin lessons in his studio.  This year he is also participating in a mentoring program to encourage young string players. 

If it sounds like all Nathan has time for is music, think again.  About the same time that Nathan started studying the violin, he also became more greatly aware of the world around him.  Moved by the injustice of world hunger, he and three friends formed a social-action, philanthropic organization called MOE (Money Offering Effort) that has raised thousands of dollars for hunger relief and humanitarian projects both locally and worldwide.  The original four MOE members have inspired others and the group has now grown to 19 members.  MOE has been recognized by the governor with an award for those who "go above and beyond." and also by the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.  They have also received grants from the Rotary Club. 

Written Winter 2007

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