Joseph Modica is Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Dean of the School of Music at the University of Redlands; Director of Pastoral Music at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA; the Conductor of the Festival Choir at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Camp; and Artistic Director of the Inland Master Chorale. Dr. Modica earned a Bachelor of Music degree in conducting from Chapman University, a Master of Music degree from California State University Long Beach, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Modica recently completed a national tour with Il Volo, conducting concerts in 15 cities across the United States in venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, the Civic Opera House of Chicago with the Lyric Opera Orchestra, and Atlanta Symphony Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Modica prepared choruses for Video Games Live in Anaheim, CA, for Josh Groban, 30 Seconds from Mars, and Cage the Elephant, and he contracted and prepared choruses across the country for the National Tour of Star Wars – In Concert.
He is formerly the Director of Choral Activities at Mater Dei High School, and he taught for five years at Redlands East Valley High School. The University of Redlands Bel Canto performed at the 2016 ACDA Western Division Convention, and at the 2017 CASMEC conference in San Jose.
In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Modica conducted performances of the Verdi Requiem at Blessed Sacrament Church and Christ Cathedral. In 2013, he conducted Mozart’s Requiem in Carnegie Hall. His choirs have sung High Mass at Basilica San Marco in Venice and Basilica San Pietro in Rome and have been fortunate enough to sing for Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.