Frank Martignetti

Frank Martignetti, PhD

Chair, Department of Music & Performing Arts; Assistant Professor of Music, College of Arts and Sciences

Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center 310

Frank Martignetti has served as Director of Choral Activities at UB since 2005 and has coordinated graduate studies in music education since 2011. In 2016, he was appointed as the Director of the Music and Performing Arts Program. 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 currently serves as Director of Music Ministries & Organist at Advent Lutheran Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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, University of Connecticut, University of North Texas, 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.


PhD, Music Education, New York University, 2017
MM, Choral Conducting, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 2002
BM, Music Education, Eastman School of Music, 1999
BA, History, University of Rochester, 1999


Courses Taught:
MSED 435 Music, the Mind, and Society
MSED 511 Conducting
MSED 520 Group Instruction in Voice
MUSC 103 University Singers
MUSC 104 Chamber Singers
MUSC 109 Music Theory I
MUSC 110 Music Theory II
MUSC 215 Music Theory III
MUSC 255 Group Piano I
MUSC 109A-216A Aural Theory I-IV



Martignetti, F. (In preparation). “`Artless” Schools and Privileged Islands: Access to, and Engagement with, Music Education in One New York City School’ In C. Frierson-Campbell, C. Hall, and S. Powell (Eds.), Milestones and Intersections in the Sociology of Music Education. Oxford University Press.

Martignetti, F., & Brewster, J. (2020). Finding our way: A case study of a rapper in a Bachelor of Music program. Journal of Popular Music Education 4(1), March 2020.

Martignetti, F. (2018). Crossing the divide: Urban 8th graders' thoughts regarding high school band participation. Manuscript in preparation.

———. (2018). Recharge and rebuild your choir (and you!). In Tempo: A practical resource for Lutheran church musicians 2018 (2), p. 12.

Martignetti, F. (2017). Ph.D. dissertation. In Their Own Voices: An Ethnographic Study of a New York City Public High School Music Program. Nominated for 2017 Outstanding
Dissertation Award given by the Council for Research in Music Education.

———. (2017). Negotiating democracy, diversity, and community in an urban high school classroom. Manuscript under review.

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.


Honors and Awards:
One of five 2015 finalists nationally for The American Prize in choral conducting: community choirs division.
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)