Joseph Modica is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Redlands and Director of Pastoral Music at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA where he conducts three choirs and oversees an active music program. He has served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and Chapman University, where he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and choral methods, and conducted both select and non-auditioned choirs. He has held adjunct teaching positions at Biola University and Chapman University. Dr. Modica earned a Bachelor of Music degree in conducting from Chapman University, a Master of Music degree from California State University Long Beach, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. He has studied conducting with William Hall, William Dehning, Larry Livingston, Jonathan Talberg, Lynn Bielefelt and Magen Solomon. He has participated in masterclasses with Vance George and Rodney Eichenberger, in addition to a summer workshop in Varna, Bulgaria. Dr. Modica has studied voice with Louis Lebherz, Patrick Goeser, Margaret Dehning, Marvellee Cariaga, and Peter Lightfoot.
Having a passion for teaching and inspiring young artists, Dr. Modica taught high school choir for ten years. He is formerly the Director of Choral Activities at Mater Dei High School, and he taught for five years at Redlands East Valley High School. His choirs consistently received superior ratings at festivals and competitions and have been heard at two CMEA State Conferences. Dr. Modica is active in many professional organizations such as ACDA, MENC, and SCVA, and enjoys serving as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States.
Dr. Modica is the Conductor of the Festival Choir at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Camp where he recently conducted Bach Magnificat
, Bernstein's Chichester Pslams
, Carmina Burana
by Carl Orff, and Dona Nobis Pacem
by Vaughan Williams at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He has also taught at the Summer Fine Arts Camp at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where his duties included conducting the concert choir, middle school choir, jazz choir, private voice lessons, and conducting the musical.
Demonstrating his versatility as a conductor, Dr. Modica is also vocal arranger and conductor of Your Generation in Concert, a multi-media production featuring a seven member rock band, orchestra, and chorus. Recently, Dr. Modica prepared choruses for "Video Games Live" in Anaheim, CA and has contracted and prepared choruses across the country for the National Tour of "Star Wars - In Concert." In 2002 Dr. Modica prepared the chorus for the American Ballet Theatre production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which was aired on PBS, and released on DVD as part of the Great Performances series.
Choirs under Dr. Modica's direction have toured in Italy, Australia, Hawaii, New York, Washington D.C., Washington and Oregon, Florida, and the Bahamas. His choirs have sung High Mass at Basilica San Marco in Venice and Basilica San Pietro in Rome, and have been fortunate enough to sing for Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.