Our Music Director

Nigel Horne was born and raised on the English coast. After graduating from the University of London with a degree in Computer Science, he has made music as a performer of brass and percussion at the highest amateur levels. He has 45 years of musical experience that covers choral as well as instrumental music and is also known as a composer and arranger. He now runs NJH music: a distributor for himself and other composers. Nigel has worked with and conducted groups of all abilities from several countries and he now tutors music composition to students from all over the world on a one-to-one basis and has held a number of prestigious positions, including being a member of the Executive Council of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors in the U.K., and he is currently a member of the board of directors of the North American Brass Band Association, where he chairs the regulations committee and is the lead of the controller team which oversees the running of its annual competition.

Nigel has a postgraduate research degree in composition from the University of Leeds and degrees in music from the Open University and Sheffield University. He has studied under many of the top names including Philip Wilby and Arthur Butterworth MBE. Now, he joins us as the conductor for the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra!

 

WMGSO 2016 Marshall 063Our Chorus Master

Jacob Coppage-Gross started his musical studies at age 9 while growing up in suburban Pennsylvania. He took piano lessons and participated in nearly every school musical ensemble throughout his earlier years of education. While earning a degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland, he joined the Gamer Symphony Orchestra at UMD, and eventually served two years as its conductor. He also was a member of the University Chorale and has performed in collaborations with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, as well as at local churches and with other small groups in the area. His enthusiasm for video game music and experience in choral ensembles brought him to the position of chorus master for the WMGSO, where he leads a 30 member choir that is a key component of the organization.