Joseph Piazza received his musical degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He is the Music Director of Piedmont High School Acappella Choir and the founding director of ECCO, the alumni chorus of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, representing outstanding high school vocalists from the Bay Area.
Under the his direction, the Piedmont Acappella Choir has toured the People’s Republic of China, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Italy, Hungary, and Germany. In 2007 the choir performed John Rutter’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall, with John Rutter conducting. In 2008, on the occasion of Handel’s 200th birthday, the choir performed The Messiah in Halle, Germany. In 2003 and 2005, the A Cappella Choir received Gold Medals at the Musica Mundi International Choir competitions in Budapest, and Venice. In 2002 the choir was one of four featured at the Festival of Choirs under the direction of Vance George, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and again in 2010 performing with Chanticleer. The chorus again appeared at Carnegie Hall in 2011.
Mr. Piazza has served on the faculty of the Jazz School in Berkeley, as former associate music director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and is currently the music director of the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus in San Francisco and studied choral conducting and rehearsal techniques with Vance George in private study and work with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Mr. Piazza also appeared at the Saranac Lake summer choral festival where he conducted the Gregg Smith Singers and worked with Dennis Keene and Gregg Smith. He has also studied solfège and ear training with renowned master teacher Erzsebet Hegyi.
Mr. Piazza has been teaching at Piedmont High School since 1989, where he has been honored with the Lois J. Rawlings Foundation Award for outstanding teaching. He is also the director of the prestigious music theory and composition program at Piedmont High School, where he teaches Advanced Placement music courses. Mr. Piazza has also studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, acted professionally, directed, and choreographed. In May 2010, Mr. Piazza was appointed as Music Director of the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus.
Mr. Piazza conducted GGMC at the American choral director’s Western Division Regional Convention in February of 2014 and directed the chorus at the World Choir Games in July 2014 in Riga, Latvia.