Schooled in the European tradition covering conducting, composition, and opera, Simeone Tartaglione has become a versatile musician with a wide knowledge of and passion for the many areas of this art. He studied in Rome at the SantaCecilia Conservatory and piano performance at the Bellini Institute. He earned a Laurea as Doctor in Italian Literature and Musicology Magna cum Laude and is a published author.
In addition to serving as the Music Director of the NSO since 2010, he is also Music Director of the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestral Department Head, and piano instructor at the Music School of Delaware and Symphony Conductor at the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras at Strathmore in Washington DC.
Simeone has had extensive conducting experience in symphonic and operatic repertoire with orchestras from Italy, the United States, Spain, Russia, Romania, Mexico, Ukraine and Bulgaria. He has won numerous competitions and prizes.
In 2005 he became Adjunct Professor of Conducting at the University of Denver while earning an Artist Diploma. He worked as guest conductor, vocal coach, pianist and harpsichord player with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s Education and Outreach Programs, Central City Opera, Marilyn Horne Foundation.
Invited by Gustav Meier, Simeone moved to Baltimore where he studied at the Peabody Conservatory, earning a Graduate Performing Diploma with a conducting assistantship and serving as Adjunct Faculty for the Peabody Opera Department. Simeone has recorded several CDs and DVDs as conductor and pianist in duo with his wife, violinist Alessandra Cuffaro, the first Italian woman who performed all the 24 Paganini’s Capricci in one concert.
Last summer, Simeone accepted the position as Clinical Assistant Professor at Catholic University in Washington DC. He recently made his debut at a sold out Kennedy Center in Washington DC and at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Simenone also conducted orchestra and chorus for Pope Francis’ visit at Catholic University.
Since 2009 he is a paladin of the American conducting technique, and shares his knowledge with many conducing students at Catholic University in Washington and Delaware.
Education Concert Coordinator
Conductor Brian Cox was born in Berlin, Germany, and has resided in the state of Delaware most of his life. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Delaware in tuba performance, and studied conducting and composition at Temple University. As an instrumentalist, Mr. Cox has performed with many of the leading ensembles in the Delaware Valley, including the Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Opera Delaware, Reading Symphony, and the Curtis Institute Orchestra. He is an accomplished musician on several instruments in nearly all genres.
As a conductor, Mr. Cox has led many of the region’s orchestras and concert bands, as well as orchestras for opera and musical theatre. Since 1999, Mr. Cox has been director of music and fine arts department chair at Salesianum School in Wilmington. In that capacity, he serves as instrumental and general music teacher, conducts concert, marching and jazz bands, orchestra for musical theatre, brass choir, and music for school liturgy. In 2015, Mr. Cox received the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago. The award stems from a student-driven nomination process, and honors educators who have changed, challenged or helped their students towards intellectual growth
Mr. Cox has served as the Education Concert Coordinator for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Director of Education and Music Librarian for the Delaware
Wesley J. Broadnax is in his fourth year as Assistant Professor of Music & Director of Bands at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. His duties include conducting the Concert Band, Chamber Winds, and Pep Band. Prior to Drexel, Dr. Broadnax served as Director of Bands/Instrumental Music Education on the faculties of the University of Delaware, California State University East Bay, and Michigan State University. A native of Texas, Dr. Broadnax received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University and taught for several years in the Texas Public Schools. He received both the master’s and doctoral degrees in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University. Dr. Broadnax maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He has conducted several All-State and honor bands both nationally and internationally, having most recently conducted throughout Central Italy, since 2012, the Bands of Norcia and Bevagna for its Master Internazionale di Studio e di Perfezionamento per Orchestra di Fiati, and has presented resident conducting seminars at Michigan State University, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Indiana State University, Bemidji State University, and St. Ambrose University. He is a strong advocate of new music and has won the praises of several composers and the premieres of their works, including Alvin Singleton, David Maslanka, Michael Weinstein, Dana Wilson, Jere Hutcheson, Paul Barsom, Davide Zannoni, Lawrence Singer, Joel Puckett, Nicholas Vasallo, Marko Bajzer, and Stephen Rush. He participated in the Pierre Boulez Symposium on 20th Century Contemporary Music at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the focal work being the composer’s Le Marteau Sans Matre, with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain. In the summer of 2002, Dr. Broadnax completed a four-week residency as a conducting fellow at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where he co-conducted the Young Artists Wind Ensemble and Chamber Music Program with master teacher Frank L. Battisti. In addition, Dr. Broadnax served as guest conductor for the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra Children’s concert series in Spring 2005 titled The Circle of Life, as part of its Black History Celebration, and has served for three years as music director/conductor for the Lansing Concert Band, and two seasons for the Oakland Municipal Band (California). He has participated in various conducting workshops, sponsored by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. Broadnax has been a member of the summer conducting faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan) and the New York Summer Music Festival (New York State). Professionally, he has conducted the Newark Symphony Chamber Players (Newark, DE), as well as serving as artistic director/conductor for the newly formed MidAtlantic Chamber Players (MACP). Dr. Broadnax holds professional membership with the Conductors Guild and is a member of the Conductors Guild Board of Directors, College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), and is an honorary member of Kappa Kapp Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha and Pi Kappa Lambda organizations.