/ Pittsburgh, PA
Member since July 2019
Jonny is a high school choral director and composer based in Western Pennsylvania. He is the Composer-in-Residence for the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers and several of his published pieces have been given the distinction of J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice. He loves the commissioning process because it allows him to form connections with choirs around the country through a work that fits the unique needs and preferences of each group.
Jonny's music is often celebrated for its lush harmonies that are achieved through linear voice leading. As a high school choral director, he understands the frustration of tuning complex chords that have been approached from challenging intervals and uses this as motivation to approach complex chords in the simplest manner possible. This makes Jonny's music accessible for high school and collegiate choirs alike.
His style is highly impressionistic with a focus on creating texture and word painting through the voices. He allows the text stress and meaning to dictate the melody and rhythm of the music. Jonny often composes for SSATB to balance the typically higher ratio of female voices to male voices in high school groups.
Listen to works by Jonny Priano
"Do Not Fear" tells a dramatic story through a text that is inspired by I Chronicles 28:20. This piece is published through Colla Voce. The recording is by the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers.
SATB a cappella (with optional accompaniment)
"Lullaby" is a setting of a poem by Christina Rossetti. The piece can be performed a cappella or with the optional accompaniment. This piece is published through Hal Leonard. The recording is by the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers.
Come, Gentle Night
"Come, Gentle Night" is a setting from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Lyrical melodies and word painting bring Juliet's soliloquy to life with a dark tone that foreshadows the end of the story. This piece is published through Alfred Music.