Artistic Director Nancia D’Alimonte recently completed her debut season as with The Arlington Chorale (formerly The Metropolitan Chorus). Dr. D’Alimonte is the founder and Music Director of the prestigious NIH (National Institutes of Health) Philharmonia in Bethesda, MD, a full-sized orchestra drawing on the talents of professionals at NIH and elsewhere in the region. Dr. D’Alimonte serves as Education Programs Consultant for the National Philharmonic at the Music Center at Strathmore. She is also a regular adjudicator for Festivals of Music, an environment that inspires students to strive not only for excellence, but to make music a lifelong activity. For ten years, she directed the orchestral activities at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. A natural and charismatic educator, she engages her audiences and enriches their experience with lively commentary, historical background, and musical anecdotes.
Dr. D’Alimonte electrified the house again in December 2015 when she conducted Handel’s Messiah Sing-along concert at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall for the third time, leading members of The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and other distinguished musicians and soloists. In January 2013, she was invited to guest conduct the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 Orchestra in its Festival Concert in Warrington, PA. Other guest conducting appearances have included concerts with the “Mihail Jora” Bacau Philharmonic in Romania; National Chamber Orchestra at Organ Hall in Chisinau, Moldova (sponsored in part by the U.S. Embassy); Academic State Ballet Theatre Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia; Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra (NY); Macon Symphony Orchestra (GA); and Brighton Symphony Orchestra (NY). She won the International Conductors Workshop Award (GA) in 2004.
Dr. D’Alimonte holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Israeli conductor, Maestro Mendi Rodan. Eastman honored her with its prestigious Evan Whallon conducting award. As a doctoral student there, she conducted performances with all the Eastman orchestras and various contemporary music ensembles.
Earlier in her musical career, she accepted an invitation to study horn as a graduate student with the eminent André Van Driéssche at the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium. Following this, she earned a Master of Music in horn performance from Ithaca College. D’Alimonte also has enjoyed working with a variety of conductors at the Aspen Music Festival’s distinguished American Academy of Conducting.