John H. Wallace

Assistant Professor of Music, Composition and Music Theory; Director of Undergraduate Studies; Coordinator of On-Line Theory | | 617.353.3865

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John H. Wallace

A composer of growing reputation, John H. Wallace has studied with Lukas Foss, Charles Fussell, Alan Stout, Raymond Wilding-White and Darleen Cowles-Mitchell. He received his doctoral degree from Boston University (Composition), masters degree from Northwestern University (Composition) and bachelors degree from DePaul University (Composition/French Horn Performance). An active member of the Chicago Composers’ Consortium from 1996–2004, he chaired that organization from 1996-98. As chair, he was interviewed for the premiere edition of the American Music Center’s webzine, NewMusicBox. In addition to his current activities at Boston University, he has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, DePaul University and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and guest lectured at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, The Boston Conservatory and Middlesex Community College.

His music had been performed by a diverse collection of performers and organizations such as Alea III, the Tanglewood Institute, New Music DePaul, Arcadian Winds, the Chicago Chamber Music Collective, The Riverway Trio, Pinotage, singers Penelope Bitzas, Krista River, Gary Durham and Julia Bentley, pianists Shiela Kibbe and Kurt Westerberg, harpist Barbara Poeschl-Edrich, and members of the Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia symphony orchestras. In Europe, his Piano Quintet received a series of performances by the renowned Vilnius String Quartet and Lithuanian-American pianist, Rokas Zubovas. His Symphonia for large orchestra was one of three works selected for the Chicago Civic Orchestra’s 1990 Illinois Composer’s Reading Sessions, coordinated by then Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence, John Corigliano, and conducted by Michael Morgan.

As a horn player, he has performed with various ensembles, including the Park Forest Orchestra, Waukegan Symphony, Lake Shore Brass Quintet, Bristol Renaissance Faire, and Disney’s All-American College Marching Band. Additional notable performances include the first inauguration of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, and performances for Illinois Governor James R. Thompson and President Ronald Reagan.