Vincent LaMonica (b. 1993) is happy to be back in northeastern Connecticut after attending grad school in Boston (Boston University) and Chicago (Northwestern University, go cats!). Vinny advocates for and showcases music by underrepresented composers through his diverse career as a performer, conductor, and educator. He owns the Quiet Corner Music Studio in his beloved hometown of Ashford, conducts the East Woodstock Cornet Band and Babcock Cornet Band, is on the faculty at the Hartt School, and is the bassoonist and Executive Director of the Doclé Reed Quintet.
Outside of music, Vinny is an amateur boxer and loves kayaking, swimming, hiking, and other means of exploring nature. He spends most evenings repeatedly watching Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and gently battling with his cat, Star, over who gets more space on the couch. At 22-ish years old, Star is still in great shape and usually wins the couch battle.