Taione K. Martinez is an active music educator, conductor and organist specializing in works in the African American tradition. He has served on the faculty of Westminster Choir College as an Assistant Professor within the Conducting/Sacred Music department and conductor of the Westminster Jubilee Singers. Additionally, he is director of music/organist at the church of Saint Philip Neri in the Bronx.
Ensembles under his leadership have won numerous regional and national competitions, and they have performed in some of the country’s most notable concert and historical venues. In 2005 Mr. Martinez created the Heritage Singers, a 15-voice high school vocal ensemble specializing in the spiritual. He also formed a second Heritage Singers ensemble to serve the entire Rochester, N.Y. community. As an organist, Mr. Martinez has presented the organ works of African American composers in such venues as the Princeton University Chapel, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Interchurch Center.
Prior to his appointment at Westminster, Mr. Martinez served as executive artistic director of the Trenton Children’s Chorus, and he was the director of choral and vocal music at the School of the Arts of Rochester, N.Y., where he oversaw a vibrant and growing choral program. In 2006 Mr. Martinez served as the assistant conductor of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and Festival Singers, preparing both ensembles for their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah and spring concerts.
Taione studied organ performance at Hampton University and continued is formal education at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School.