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Meet Our Artistic Director

Nick DelBello is a sought-after conductor and educator, known for his innovative programming, conducting technique, and connection with audiences. Mr. DelBello's conducting and teaching experience encompasses all grade levels, college programs, and community and professional ensembles of all kinds. He frequently works with guest artists from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, area college music faculty, as well as soloists from prominent orchestras across the country. DelBello's efforts to make the symphony orchestra a relevant force in our community has inspired collaborations with living composers with a local connection including Stephen Shewan, Rob Deemer, Roland E. Martin, and Caroline Mallonee.

 Mr. DelBello has been the Music Director of the Clarence Summer Orchestra since 2019. He is only the third Music Director in the orchestra's sixty-five year history, and leads the orchestra in four concerts each summer. Highligjt of the 2033 season include perfomrances with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, and Herb Smith of the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics
 Mr. DelBello has also been Music Director of the Cheektowaga Community Symphony orchestra since 2016, after having first appeared with the orchestra as a guest conductor. During his tenure with the CCSO, the orchestra has grown in size and featured numerous prominent guest artists. It has also collaborated with local community organizations such as the Buffalo Suzuki Strings, Easy Street Big Band, Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, Buffalo Silver Band, the Cheektowaga Community Chorus, the Womenā€™s Choir of Buffalo and the Buffalo Girlchoir. Previous guest conducting appearances include the Southern Tier Symphony, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Southern Tier Chamber Strings, Freudig Singers of Western New York, and festival ensembles for both the Erie County Music Educators Association and the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association. From 2011-2016, DelBello was the founding music director of the Buffalo Brass Choir and in 2018 was a finalist for the position of Assistant Conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. As an educator, Mr. DelBello is a full-time music teacher in the Williamsville Central Schools, having previously taught as both a vocal and instrumental music teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools. In Williamsville, he teaches courses in introductory and Advanced Placement level Music Theory in addition to work as a vocal coach and accompanist. Mr. DelBello holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and a Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Miami. He lives in Kenmore with his wife Miranda, a music teacher in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Schools and an accomplished flutist, and their two children.