Conte has been honored as a Fulbright Scholar in Paris (where he studied with Nadia Boulanger), a Ralph Vaughan Williams Fellow and an Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow. He has served on the faculties of Cornell University, Colgate University, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. While at Cornell, he served as both the assistant director and acting director of the Cornell University Glee Club, for whom he composed numerous works. Since 1985 has been Professor of Composition and Conservatory Chorus conductor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Composer-in-Residence with the theater company Thick Description since 1990. In 2010 he joined the composition faculty of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris.
Conte has received commissions from Chanticleer, the Golden Gate Men's Chorus, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Oakland-East Bay Symphony, and the Stockton Symphony. He was honored with the National American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Brock Commission in 2007, and has composed songs for Barbara Bonney, Thomas Hampson, and Phyllis Bryn-Julson. Conte's music is published exclusively by E. C. Schirmer and his music is represented on numerous commercial CD recordings.
Some of his more well known works include operas The Gift of the Magi, and The Dreamers (Philip Littell, librettist), which led to a commission for The Journey (a cantata, 2001). Film scores include Orozco: Man of Fire for the PBS American Master's Series (2006), and Ballets Russes shown at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals (2005). Other prominent works include “Fantasy for Orchestra”, and “A Copland Portrait” (orchestra), and Soliloquy, and Pastorale and Toccata (organ). Many of his choral works have received wide acceptance, including Cantate Domino, Invocation and Dance, Ave Maria, Charm me asleep, An Exhortation and The Nine Muses. [link]