Director of Music
Nicholas Gatto has been the Organist at St. Bartholomew Church since 2004, and took over the duties of Director of Music Ministries in 2010, having studied organ privately with St. Bartholomew’s previous organist, Mitch Weisiger. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The College of New Jersey in 2000, and earned his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. He also serves as a staff piano accompanist at The College of New Jersey, collaborating in recitals and masterclasses with both students and faculty. In addition, Nicholas also plays oboe, and works extensively as a freelance artist throughout the state. His oboe teachers include Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Corinna Wiedmer, Dorothy Darlington, and John Symer.
In 1998, he won The College of New Jersey Orchestra Concerto Competition, and performed the Concerto for Oboe, K. 314 by Mozart both in New Jersey and on tour at several historic venues throughout England.
In 2003, he was a member of the National Orchestral Institute Summer Festival Orchestra in College Park, Maryland. He has played under such conductors as Lucas Richman, Edward Cumming, Juan Pablo Izquierdo, Michael Stern, Andrew Litton, and Leif Segerstam.
More recently, he was a featured soloist in the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra’s 2009-2010 season, performing the Concertino for English Horn in A flat Major, Op. 34, under the direction of Lucian Rinando, and in 2011 was the soloist for the world premiere performance of Tim Keyes’ New England Tapestry: A Concerto for Oboe, Orchestra, and Choir at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium, the recording of which is currently available on Amazon.com and iTunes. In addition to being the principal oboist of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, he performs frequently with the Monmouth Winds (a woodwind quintet that includes members of the Monmouth Symphony) and Tim Keyes Consort, as well as with other orchestras throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
He also has performed on numerous recordings, including the TCNJ Chorale CD “Sing We” released in 1998 (Cecil Effinger’s “Four Pastorales” for solo oboe and choir), The Eastern Wind Symphony CD “Music for Shakespeare” (conducted by the composer, the late Alfred Reed) released by Klavier Records in 2005, as well as several other recordings by the TCNJ Wind Ensemble, Eastern Wind Symphony, and Tim Keyes Consort. His oboe playing can also be heard on several tracks by contemporary jazz and R&B recording artist Will Downing.
Nicholas currently resides in Edison with his wife, Andrea.
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