Obituary: Buffalo-based violinist and conductor Marylouise Nanna Manna, 83

Posted on: December 8, 2020

“Marylouise Nanna Manna, a first violinist who played with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 50 years and the founder, music director and conductor of the Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra and its Viva Vivaldi Festival, died on Dec. 2. She was 83,” reads an unsigned article in Saturday’s (12/5) Buffalo News (N.Y.). “After attending local schools, Ms. Nanna won full scholarships to the Eastman School of Music and to Marywood College. She opted for Marywood, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music, followed by a master’s degree in music from Catholic University…. With a fellowship and a Fulbright grant, Ms. Nanna went to study at Rome’s Academy of St. Cecilia, where she earned a certificate in violin and chamber music…. On Oct. 3, 1966, Ms. Nanna began her career with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director Lukas Foss [and retired] as first violin in December 2017… Ms. Nanna had studied conducting as well as the violin, and in 1974, she created her own opportunity to conduct by founding … Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra…. In the mid-1970s, Ms. Nanna was named music director of the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra. She also conducted the Niagara Falls Philharmonic and the Genesee Symphony…. She is survived by a niece and two nephews.”