Asst Professor, Music

Degrees: B.M. Chapman University, M.M. Cal State University Long Beach, D.M.A. University of Southern California

Office: Music, Watchorn Hall

Phone: 909/748-8692 Campus Ext. 8692


Joseph Modica Portrait

Areas of Expertise

  • Conducting

  • Choral Methods and Materials

Professional Background

Joseph Modica is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Redlands and the Director of Pastoral Music at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA. 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.

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 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 Durufle Requiem, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, Bach's Magnificat, Bernstein's Chichester Pslams, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, and Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams. 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 in collaboration with Trudell Orchestras, LLC , he 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. In 2013, he conducted Mozart's Requiem in Carnegie Hall, and 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.

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • Bel Canto

  • University Chorus

  • Intro to Conducting

  • Choral Methods

  • Graduate Seminar

  • Intro to Voice

Previous Teaching Experience

  • University of South Carolina

  • Chapman University

  • Mater Dei High School

  • Redlands East Valley High School

Leadership Positions, Performances, Presentations

  • R and S Chair in Music in Worship, California ACDA

  • Conducted Verdi Requiem, Memorial Day Concert at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, May 2014

  • Conducted Mozart Requiem at Carnegie Hall, May 2013

  • Conductor of the Idyllwild Festival Choir

  • Guest speaker, SCVA Fall in-service

  • Guest speaker, Clovis Unified School District music teacher in-service

Professional Affiliations

  • American Choral Directors Association

  • National Collegiate Choral Organization

  • Southern California Vocal Association

  • California Music Educators Association