John H. Wallace


Assistant Professor of Music, Composition and Music Theory


Doctoral degree in composition, Boston University; master’s degree in composition, Northwestern University; bachelor’s degree in composition/French horn performance, DePaul University


855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 417


The music of John H. Wallace has been called “mesmerizing” and hailed for its “meticulous craftsmanship” and “distinctive compositional voice” (Fanfare). Performed widely in the U.S. and Europe, he has been heard on WGBH radio’s All Classical Festival, and recorded on the Centaur Records label. He has worked with members of the Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston Symphonies, and groups such as the Arneis String Quartet, Virtuoso Soloists, Vilnius String Quartet, Music at Eden’s Edge, New Music DePaul, the BU Tanglewood Institute, ALEA III, Arcadian Winds, Fifth Floor Collective, Winsor Music, and the Chicago Composers’ Consortium. He has studied with composers Lukas Foss, Charles Fussell, and Alan Stout, and holds degrees from Boston University, Northwestern University and DePaul University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory in the Boston University School of Music, where he has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Coordinator of Online Theory.

Appointed as the first Composer-in-Residence at the Cabot Performing Arts Center in Beverly, Massachusetts in Fall 2016, his inaugural commission, Essex Evocations, was premiered by Donald Palma and Symphony by the Sea in 2017. 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. He is a 2009 recipient of an Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). 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. 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. Notable performances include the first inauguration of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, and performances for Illinois Governor James R. Thompson and President Ronald Reagan.

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