Frank Martignetti became the Mystic River Chorale’s fifth Artistic Director in 2008. Under his direction, the Chorale has broadened its community outreach, collaborated with area high school choirs, community choirs, and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, had singers make their Avery Fischer Hall debut, and presented new and neglected works, including grant-funded regional premieres. He also leads the choral and music education programs at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Under his leadership, UB’s choral program has grown steadily, including collaborations with other area ensembles and performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. A professional church musician since 1994, Mr. Martignetti currently serves as Director of Music Ministries at Advent Lutheran Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He proudly taught music in the public schools for ten years, 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. Mr. Martignetti holds degrees in history, conducting and music education from the University of Rochester, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Eastman School of Music, and is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. in Music Education at New York University. His current research uses ethnographic and case study approaches to study music teaching and learning in urban public schools. Frank’s writing has appeared in the Choral Journal, the Music Educators’ Journal, and Visions of Research in Music Education. He has presented 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, Society for Music Teacher Education, and Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University.