Frank MartignettiFrank Martignetti
Interim Director of the Music Program
Lecturer in Music, Music , School of Arts and Sciences

Office Location: Arnhold Bernhard Arts – Hum Cntr – Office 222
Telephone: (203) 576-4407
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Ph.D., Music Education, New York University, anticipated 2015
M.M., Choral Conducting, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 2002
B.M., Music Education, Eastman School of Music, 1999
B.A., History, University of Rochester, 1999

Frank Martignetti has served as Director of Choral Activities at UB since 2005 and has coordinated graduate studies in music education since 2011. Under his leadership, UB’s choral program has grown steadily since its restart in 2005, including collaborations with a variety of community music organizations, and performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Since 2008, Professor Martignetti has also served as the Artistic Director of the Mystic River Chorale, a community chorus in southeastern Connecticut founded in 1984. Under his direction, the Chorale has broadened its community outreach, presented grant-funded regional premieres, collaborated with area high school choirs, community choirs, and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and had singers make their Avery Fischer Hall debut. Additionally, he is an experienced church musician and music director for school, community and regional theater.

Professor Martignetti’s work with future music teachers is informed by his ten years of K-12 teaching experience, almost exclusively in urban schools. In 2006, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra recognized his efforts in the New Haven Public Schools by naming him a recipient of its Excellence in Music Teaching Award.

Professor Martignetti’s current research uses ethnographic and case study approaches to study music teaching and learning in urban public schools. His writing has appeared in the Choral Journal, the Music Educators’ Journal, and Visions of Research in Music Education. He has presented clinics, papers and workshops at conferences and organizations including the Bridgeport Boys Choir, College Music Society, Michigan State University, Montclair State University, New Haven Public Schools, Rhode Island Music Educators Association, and the Society for Music Teacher Education.

Professor Martignetti is available for adjudication, clinics, workshops, and guest conducting.


Courses Taught

MSED 435: Designing Curriculum & Instruction in Music

MSED 511: Conducting

MUSC 103: University Singers

MUSC 104: Chamber Singers

MSED 183: Group Voice

MUSC 110: Music Theory II

MUSC 215; Music Theory III

MUSC 109A-216A: Aural Theory I-IV

MSED 243: Field Experience in Music Education


Areas of Interest

Music education, teacher education, urban education, conducting, choral music, church music, musical theater, organ, vocal pedagogy, classical music




Martignetti, F. (2014). Crossing the divide: Urban 8th graders’ thoughts regarding high school band participation. Manuscript in preparation.

Martignetti, F., Talbot, B., Claus, M., Hawkins, T., & Niknafs, N. (2013). You got to know us: Music education in urban environments as a hopeful model for the profession. Visions of Research in Music Education 23.


Martignetti, F. (June 2014). Negotiating Democracy, Diversity and Community in an Urban High School Classroom. Paper presented at Giving Voice to Democracy in Music Education. John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey.

––––. (September 2013). Rethinking Alternatives: Improving a Master’s Program with Initial Certification. Research poster presented at the 2013 Symposium on Music Teacher Education, Greensboro, North Carolina.

———. (March 2012). Crossing the Divide: Urban 8th Graders’ Choices Regarding High School Band Participation. Paper presented at the 2012 Northeast Conference of the College Music Society, Fredonia, New York.

Martignetti, F., Claus, M., Hawkins, T., Niknafs, N., & Talbot, B. (October 2011). Rethinking Urban Secondary General Music: Teachers’ Voices. Panel presented at the New Directions in Music Education conference, East Lansing, Michigan.


Honors & Awards

Winner, 2006 Excellence in Music Teaching Award, New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

Recognized in Outstanding American Teachers, 2005-06, Who’s Who in American Education 2007-08.

Alfred Nash Patterson Grants from Choral Arts New England awarded to the Mystic River Chorale (2012, 2014)