Giovani Briguente

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Born in Tatuí, State of São Paulo - Brazil, Giovani Briguente started his musical studies when he was 11-years old at Conservatório de Tatuí, the largest music school in Latin America. In 2010, he earned the Flute Performance Degree from Tatuí and a History Major Degree from Universidade de Sorocaba. While teaching World History, Brazilian History and Art History at Mackenzie Elementary and High School, Giovani studied 3 more years at Conservatório de Tatuí and Technical School of Arts of State of São Paulo, earning degrees in Conducting and Flute respectively. In 2013, Giovani was accepted as faculty member of the Conservatório de Tatuí, where he taught Music Theory, Music History and conducted the Student Symphonic Band and the Youth String Orchestra for two years. He created and directed the semi-professional string ensemble, Camerata Corelli. His tutor, Maestro Dario Sotelo, was the co-founder and artistic director. During this period, Giovani was professionally playing the flute and the piccolo in the Symphonic Band of the Conservatório de Tatuí under the baton of Maestro Sotelo.

Still in Brazil, Giovani began his career as a composer. He earned second prize in the National Band Composition Contest with his piece “Revolução Francesa” (“French Revolution”), grade-6 category.

Giovani earned the Master degree in Wind Conducting at University of Minnesota Duluth under the tutelage of Dr. Mark Whitlock. Giovani worked at UMD as a Teaching Assistant and his duties included teaching conducting classes, directing the UMD Pep Band and assisting with the UMD Marching Band. During his second year at UMD, he shared the direction of the UMD Concert Band, with Dr. Whitlock. Giovani was principal of the flute section in the UMD Symphonic Wind Ensemble and head of the second flute and piccolo in the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra, both under the direction of Dr. Mark Whitlock.

Giovani has been invited as guest conductor by the Symphonic Band of Conservatório de Tatuí, the UMD Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Twin Ports Wind Orchestra and Honor Festival Bands, as well as Summer Camps.

Giovani Briguente is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Professor Michael Haithcock.

Michael Haithcock assumed his duties as Director of Bands and Professor of Music (Conducting) at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2001 following twenty-three years on the faculty of Baylor University. Following in the footsteps of William D. Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds, Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band, guides the acclaimed graduate band and wind ensemble conducting program, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan's diverse and historic band program. Ensembles under Haithcock's guidance have received a wide array of critical acclaim for their high artistic standards of performance and repertoire. These accolades have come through concerts at national and state conventions, performances in major concert venues, and recordings on the Albany, Arsis, and Equilibrium labels. Professor Haithcock was selected to conduct the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Bandanna, an opera for voice and wind band, commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association and is a leader in commissioning and premiering new works for concert band. Haithcock has earned the praise of both composers and conductors for his innovative approaches to developing the wind ensemble repertoire and programming. Professor Haithcock is in constant demand as a guest conductor and as a resource person for symposiums and workshops in a variety of instructional settings as well as festival and all-state appearances throughout the country. A graduate of East Carolina University, where he received the 1996 Outstanding Alumni Award from the School of Music, and Baylor University, Haithcock has done additional study at a variety of conducting workshops including the Herbert Blomstedt Orchestral Conducting Institute. The Instrumentalist, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the School Musician, the Southwest Music Educator, and WINDS magazine have published his articles on conducting and wind literature.