Taione K. Martinez is an active music educator, conductor and organist specializing in works in the African American tradition. A member of Westminster’s Sacred Music faculty, he serves as the conductor of the Westminster Jubilee Singers. Additionally, he is director of music/organist at Queen of All Saints Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn.
Ensembles under his leadership have won numerous regional and national competitions, and they have performed in some of the country’s most notable concert and historical venues. In 2005 Mr. Martinez created the Heritage Singers, a 15-voice high school vocal ensemble specializing in the spiritual. He also formed a second Heritage Singers ensemble to serve the entire Rochester, N.Y. community. As an organist, Mr. Martinez has presented the organ works of African American composers in such venues as the Princeton University Chapel, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Interchurch Center.
Prior to his appointment at Westminster, Mr. Martinez served as executive artistic director of the Trenton Children’s Chorus, and he was the vocal music director at the School of the Arts of Rochester, N.Y., where he oversaw a vibrant and growing choral program. In 2006 Mr. Martinez served as the assistant conductor of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and Festival Singers, preparing both ensembles for their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah and spring concert.
Mr. Martinez earned his bachelor’s degree at Hampton University as a student of Dr. Carl Harris and Prof. Royzell Dillard. He continued his music studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School.