B i o g r a p h y
Tony Manfredonia is a composer and orchestrator for concerts and multimedia living in Petoskey, MI.
He provides a multi-layered and sensory experience through expressive orchestration and warm melodies that convey a wide array of emotion.
Born and raised near Philadelphia, PA, Tony graduated from Temple University with a degree in Music Composition. During his time in college, he had the blessing of meeting Maria - a young equestrian from Northern Michigan - via his blog dedicated to mental health awareness. Ever since that was the spark for their marriage, he continually advocates those who suffer from mental illness.
Tony graduated with a degree in Music Composition from Temple University. Notable instructors include Dr. Robert Aldridge, Dr. Richard Brodhead, Hollywood Composer/Orchestrator Erik Lundborg, and Maurice Wright.
His compositions have reached a number of ensembles through awards, reading sessions, commissions, and is now published through MusicSpoke, as well as New Music Shelf. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra read through Through the Tunnels and Back as part of the 11th Annual Reading Session, led by composer-in-residence Mason Bates. The same piece won the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra's Composer Competition. Fear of Disappointment for String Quartet was the inaugural winner Texas A&M's University Composition Competition and Symposium, chosen by the faculty and guest composer, John Mackey. The same piece also received a Merit Award in the Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition. Other awards include the selection of his twelve-tone piece for solo oboe for RMN Music's "Architectures for Solo Instruments" and Symphony Number One's Fourth Call for Scores as a semi-finalist.
While much of his work is done remotely, he actively brings new music to his Northern Michigan home. Love Awakens: for concert band was commissioned by the Mackinac Arts Council and premiered by the Straits Area Concert Band, celebrating Henry David Thoreau's bicentennial birthday. The same piece was given its international premiere by the University of Cambridge Concert Band in England. Soon after, Northern Symphonic Winds (NSW) of Charlevoix, MI, commissioned Tony to write a new piece for the ensemble, titled On the Threshold of Spring, which will premiere in May 2019. He is currently Northern Symphonic Winds' composer-in-residence. He was also the local Bay View Music Festival's first-ever composer-in-residence for the 2018 summer season, working with the Woodwind Quintet Faculty on his character piece, WHOA!. Tony's involvement with Bay View continues in 2019, with the premiere of three new Art Songs, to be performed by Casey Robards (piano) and Risa Renae Harman (soprano). Currently, he is working with The Accidentals, a local folk band, orchestrating their music to be performed alongside the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
Continually branching out into various styles, many of his projects involve sacred music: the full, orchestral score for Saint Luke Productions' latest drama, "Tolton: From Slave to Priest," their upcoming film, "Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy," and a Concert Band piece commissioned by Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem PA, "Rejoice in the Holy Spirit," which premiered in September 2018.
All the while, Tony lives the life of a video game composer, constructing sonic spaces and emotionally-driven tracks to enliven each game's world. His most recent, completed soundtracks are that for Kharon's Crypt and Rot:Purge. Currently, he is working on the music for Call of Saregnar, a 90’s-inspired low-poly 3D RPG. Bridging the gap between “game music” and “contemporary classical music,” he continually strives to have his soundtracks performed as a means to draw in new audiences to the world of classical music. One example is his Suite from Kharon's Crypt, an orchestral medley of tracks from the Kharon's Crypt soundtrack.