David Nino, a pianist, has been directing choirs and bands since 1990. He directed choirs and taught music theory at Adventist colleges in South America and in the Caribbean for ten years before accepting a music position at Greater Miami Adventist Academy in 2001.
Nino was born in Barinas, Venzuela, and raised in Medellin, Colombia, the oldest of three children of Mario and Raquel Nino. He and his siblings grew up in a home where music was an important part of life and he began study on piano at age seven, taking lessons from his father, an Adventist minister. By seventh grade, he had decided to pursue a career in music, a goal that Lucy Piamonte, his teacher in academy, inspired and encouraged him to pursue. He continued his study in piano at Colombia Adventist University under Rosie Ward and Lise Frank.
When Nino completed a B.A. in music education at CAU in 1990, the school hired him to direct the choir and teach music theory, a position he held for seven years. In 1997 he accepted a position as director of choirs at Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica, where he taught for three years.
Following completion of an M.A. in music theory at West Texas A&M University in 2001, Nino was hired by Greater Miami Adventist Academy to direct its choirs and band. In 2009, he became music teacher at Mount Vernon Academy in Ohio.
In his time at GMAA, he served as choir clinician for the Festival of the Arts in the Florida Conference in 2007 and in that same year was director of music at the Inter-American Division Youth Congress. Additionally, Nino collaborated with others in presenting music technology seminars for teachers in the Florida Conference. He conducted a music festival in the Ohio Conference in 2011.
Nino has written music for choir and arranged numerous sacred works for choir and band. His arrangements for band have been shared with and used by other Adventist band directors.
Source: Email from subject on 18 November 08; completed Biographical Information Sheet by same, 19 November 08; Conversation with David Nino, December 2012; online sources (2012).