About the Director

Mark Gionfriddo, Director & Founder of the Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College, is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, and musical director. His versatility and his knowledge of numerous musical genres has brought him together with a wide range of popular and classical artists through the years, among them Mitzi Gaynor, Anna Moffo, Liberace, Al Martino, Samuel Baron and Garrison Keillor.

Mr. Gionfriddo, a native of Holyoke, MA, received his Bachelor's Degree in Piano from Skidmore College and Master’s Degree in Accompanying from UMASS/Amherst. He has been based at Mount Holyoke College since 1986 where he is also a Senior Instructor in Jazz Piano, Accompanist for the Department of Music, and Director of the Abbey Chapel Singers for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

The MHC Jazz Ensembles, Glee Club & Chorale, the Hampshire College Chorus, and the Hampshire Choral Society of Northampton, MA have premiered Mr. Gionfriddo’s classical and jazz arrangements, both vocal and instrumental, in Boston, New York City, New Orleans, Nashville and Washington, DC. His two-piano arrangements of the orchestral suites from Bizet’s Carmen were featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today".  In October of 2006, Mr. Gionfriddo conducted the MHC Big Band during two episodes of the popular NPR quiz show “Says You!” 

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