In 1975, Jonathan Pineno earned his Bachelor of Science degree, in Music Education from Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pa. After undergraduate school, Jonathan studied for four years with Anthony Gigliotti, first chair clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in 1979, he earned a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
From 1979 through 2006 Jonathan performed as the principal clarinetist for the Northeast Pa Oratorio Society Orchestra, Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra, Wyoming Valley Band, Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, and more than 50 shows at the Music Box Theater, Little Theater, The Kirby Center for the Performing Arts – Wilkes-Barre, and the Scranton Cultural Center. Jonathan performed clarinet, saxophone, and vocals with Eddie Derwin and The Polka Naturals from 1994 through 2005.
Starting in 1975, Jonathan taught music classes, for 34 years, in the Lake-Lehman School District. He devoted 20 years in elementary general, vocal, and instrumental music, 14 years in Junior and Senior High Chorus and general music classes, was the assistant High School Band Director for 6 years, directed 6 elementary musicals, and produced and directed 14 high school plays and musicals.
For 40 years, Mr. Pineno has been an adjunct faculty member at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. At Misericordia he started teaching private clarinet lessons in 1979, taught Instrumental Methods Classes, facilitated Music and Art History Classes on campus, created and taught Jazz/Popular Music courses, and for the last 15 years, has been a leading faculty member, in the creation and facilitation of online Arts Courses.
From 2011-2017, Jonathan taught online Humanities and Arts classes, for the University of Phoenix.
Currently, Jonathan Pineno is a full-time Arts and Humanities Faculty member for Penn State Wilkes-Barre. He teaches Art and Music History, American Popular Music, History of Hip Hop, History of Photography, and Forensic Photography. He also manages the on campus Friedman Art Gallery and is the current president of Arts at Hayfield.
Composing and Arranging Music:
Jonathan Pineno started composing and arranging music in 1965 with the help of his music teacher parents. At Mansfield University, he studied music theory and advanced composition techniques with Professor John Little. Through the years Jonathan has composed and arranged multiple pieces for Bands, Choruses, and Orchestras.
Some of his more recent compositions and musical arrangements are included in the Documentary films, “Harvey’s Lake – A Video Postcard”, “The Battle of Wyoming,” and “The Frances Slocum Project.”