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John William Griffith II is a composer from South Bend, Indiana. He currently attends the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington where he studies music composition with Dr. Claude Baker, Dr. Don Freund and Prof. Sven-David Sandström. John is a member of the NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble directed by Dr. Dominick DiOrio. 

John began composition lessons with Dr. Jorge Muñiz in 2014 at Indiana University South Bend. John’s works have been performed by various ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Singers, the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble CONCEPT/21 at IUSB, the South Bend Chamber Singers, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp. 

In the summer of 2017, John attended the European American Music Alliance in Paris, France, studying in the tradition of famed pedagogue Nadia Boulanger with Dr. David Conte and Dr. Philip Lasser. John was recently selected as the recipient of the Jon Vickers Film Scoring commission at the Indiana University Cinema, for which he will compose a full length score for a feature film under the guidance of Professor Larry Groupé. 

Having studied piano as his primary instrument since early childhood, John has been mentored by Mr. Andrew Sohn, Dr. John Blacklow, Dr. Michael Coonrod, Dr. Robert Satterlee, Dr. Anthony Beer, and Ms. Kathleen Keasey. He has performed in masterclasses with renowned pianists including Alexander Toradze, John Perry and Leon Bates. With a wide range of interests, John pursues additional studies in voice, film scoring, conducting, and Italian language, and enjoys a strong appreciation for jazz and musical theatre. 

John is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.




News and Events

Jon Vickers Film Score Award announced

John has been selected as the recipient of the IU Cinema Jon Vickers Film Score Award, for which he will compose a new original score to the 1926 silent film The Strong Man directed by Frank Capra. The film is set to be screened with the score performed live in February of 2019. 

New World Symphony by Antonín Dvořák

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 - 5pm - Recital Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

John will conduct an ad hoc orchestra made up of musicians at the Jacobs School of music. The program will feature Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, New World Symphony, and Nimrod from The Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar. 

Student Composition Recital

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 8pm - Auer Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Come see a performance of the first movement of John's latest work, a string quartet written about his experiences in Florence, Italy. 

South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra - 50th Anniversary Concert

Wednesday, May 24, 2018 - 7:30pm - DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame

John's most recent orchestra piece, Gezellig, will be performed as the concert opener for the SBYSO's 50th anniversary concert. The program will also feature the Dvořák Cello Concerto performed by Austin Huntington and the 3rd and 4th movements of Mahler's 2nd Symphony, conducted by Maestro Robert Spano. 




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