John Mackey

Master Classes, Ensembel Rehearsals, Guest Lecture, University Wind Ensemble Concert

April 30, 2012

John Mackey, born Oct. 1, 1973, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Corigliano and Donald Erb, respectively. Mackey particularly enjoys writing music for dance and for symphonic winds, and he has focused on those mediums for the past few years.

His works have been performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Italy’s Spoleto Festival, Alice Tully Hall, the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, and throughout Italy, Chile, Japan, China, Norway, Spain, Colombia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, England, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Recent commissions include works for the American Bandmasters Association, the Dallas Wind Symphony and a concerto for New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi.

In February 2003, the Brooklyn Philharmonic premiered John’s work “Redline Tango” at the BAM Opera House, with Kristjan Jarvi conducting. John made a new version of the work for wind ensemble in 2004 — Mackey’s first work for wind band — and that version has since received more than 250 performances worldwide. The wind version won the 2004 Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize, and in 2005, the  American Bandmasters Association’s Ostwald Award, making John the youngest composer to receive the honor. John again received the Ostwald Award, as well as the National Band Association’s William D. Revelli Award, in 2009 for “Aurora Awakes.”

John served as a Meet-The-Composer/American Symphony Orchestra League “Music Alive!” Composer In Residence with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony in 2002-2003, and with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2004-2005. He was composer in residence at the Vail Valley Music Festival in Vail, Colorado, in the summer of 2004, and composer in residence at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in August 2005.  He has held college residencies at Florida State, University of Georgia, Georgia State University, James Madison University, Kansas State University, University of Kansas, University of Florida, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State University, Texas Tech, Ball State, University of Oklahoma, Arizona State, Oklahoma State University, University of Washington, University of Southern California, University of Texas and many others. Mr. Mackey served as music director of the Parsons Dance Company from 1999-2003, and he taught at Cal State Long Beach in 2008-2009.