Marylouise Nanna, Music Director & Conductor

Marylouise Nanna’s talents have led to a multi-faceted career brimming with honors. The recipient of Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, she holds, besides a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music, a Corso di Perfectionamento Certificate in Violin and Chamber Music from Rome’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia and performance medals from the University of Perugia. Her pedagogues included the renowned Remy Principe of the Virtuosi di Roma, Ivan Galamian of the Juilliard School of Music, and Franco Ferrara of the Academia Chigiana, Siena, Italy. She has the distinction of being the first woman to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. In 1990 she conducted the Greater Buffalo Opera Company’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni to enthusiastic audiences and local as well as national critical acclaim. Maestra Nanna is also acting assistant concert master of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, founder, music director and conductor of the Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra and the famous Viva Vivaldi Music Festival.


For “exceptional achievements in music performance and leadership,” Canisius College honored Maestra Nanna with the degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. Other honors include The Reflections Award from Trocaire College, and, while in Italy, Dr. Nanna was chosen as the first American Chapter President of the International Association “Golden Helmsmen of Tourism” for her outstanding contributions to cultural enrichment through the international language of music. She is the subject of a documentary film entitled “La Maestra in the House” produced by D’Amico Film Productions, LLC. Most recently, Maestra Nanna was inducted into the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Presidential Medal from Marywood University, her alma mater.

 You are listening to Concerto in A major for two oboes d’amore – from A Musical Mosaic CD – by Ars Nova