Dr. Nancia D’Alimonte, who takes the podium of the Loudoun Symphony starting with the 2018-2019 season, is also founder, Music Director and Conductor of NIH Philharmonia, Bethesda, MD, which just completed its thirteenth season. Additionally, she directs The Kennedy Center’s popular annual Messiah Sing-along. For three years, she was the Artistic Director of The Arlington Chorale, transforming the group into a vibrant ensemble. From 2005-2015 she directed The George Washington University Orchestra. Throughout her career D’Alimonte has captivated audiences with her high energy, command and charisma. An internationally recognized orchestral conductor, her guest conducting appearances have taken her from this country (New York, Colorado, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee) to Russia (Academic State Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg), and from Romania (Mihail Jora Bacau Philharmonic) to Moldova (National Chamber Orchestra, Chisinau).
Gifted in innovative program conception and design and a born educator and communicator, Dr. D’Alimonte enthralls her audiences with lively historical commentary and musical anecdotes. Musicians who play under her baton have been equally enthusiastic, praising her musicality, breadth of knowledge, rhythmic clarity and expressive hands.
Known for the versatility of her talents, Nancia D’Alimonte has been an education programs consultant for the National Philharmonic at The Music Center at Strathmore for 13 years. For this, she crafted multimedia productions performed annually for 10,000 Montgomery County second graders. She is a frequent adjudicator for Festivals of Music and a sought-after guest clinician.
Dr. D’Alimonte holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. A former professional horn player, she earned a Master of Music in horn performance from Ithaca College and studied horn at the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium. Nancia D’Alimonte lives in Falls Church, VA with her husband Giancarlo and their standard poodle Wolfgang.
"D'Alimonte recently electrified the house when she conducted
Handel's Messiah Sing-Along Concert at The Kennedy Center."
The group rehearses five or six times before each concert, and D'Alimonte makes sure that passion is rewarded in the music they produce. "Members of NIH Philharmonia are at the top of their game for their day-jobs. They bring that same enthusiasm with them to every rehearsal... at the concerts, the results are astonishing" she said.