A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, with a B.M., as well as an M.M. in orchestral performance, Gino also holds his teacher certification through Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to the Academy, Gino, a bass player, taught in the Ringgold School District, where he built a robust and dynamic strings program and directed both the middle and high school orchestras. He has also worked in the Fox Chapel Area School District. In addition to his teaching, Gino has had an impressive professional career as a performer with the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra and has worked with such musical luminaries as James Levine and Marta Argerich.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
I love playing music and want to pass that on. I love seeing kids learn and I find that I grow as a musician and person when I share my skills with others.
Why did you choose to teach at Sewickley Academy?
At Sewickley Academy, the arts are central component to the educational system. It is inspiring and motivating to know that what I do is highly valued. The kids are great, and everyone is so friendly.
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your classroom?
In music, we set “perfection” as our professional benchmark, understanding that it can never truly be attained. It serves to help us push the boundaries of what is possible and requires us to constantly search for a better way. I want my students to always push the boundaries and find that better way. I want my students to know that anything worth doing in life is going to require patience, time, and dedication and that there are no shortcuts to excellence.
What are your favorite moments with a student?
I love watching students really focusing on something, especially the little kids. It’s like you can sense their brains are heating up. At that moment, you know they are interested and engaged
How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?
I am often performing concerts outside of school, and I always learn a tremendous amount about teaching and playing from colleagues, particularly those who play other instruments.
What interests you outside the classroom? What are you passionate about?
I love to spend time with my wife, Tanya and my daughter, Nora. I love to cook (and eat…a lot), and watch hockey - Go Pens!