M.M., University of Southern California
M.A., New York University
Dr. John Girvin has been involved with teaching young musicians in a career that has included instruction, composition, arranging, and performance.
John begins his second year at Morristown-Beard School in 2018 with the worthy goals of continuing to develop the Jazz Ensemble and re-working the Middle School Band program. He also has great interest in creating new and unique compositions for the MBS Percussion Ensemble.
A Music Education Specialist for Yamaha Corporation of America since 1998, John has served as the Music Director for the Yamaha National Junior Original Concert series. In addition, he has worked as a teaching consultant for students in the Yamaha International Junior Original Concert (IJOC) program, and has had several U.S. prizewinners selected for the IJOC program which is held annually in Tokyo, Japan. He also is associated with Yamaha as a music arranger and as an adjudicator in Yamaha sponsored music composition competitions.
In addition to his work for Yamaha, John has served as Music Director at Faith Lutheran Church (FLC) since 2001, overseeing a program that has included many guest instrumentalists in specially composed and created liturgies. At FLC, he serves as principal organist and arranger for all performing ensembles. He developed many unique services at Faith, including Jazz Liturgies, Music of Latin America, Music of Broadway and Celtic Services, among others.
As a composer, John most recently has had commissions from the Gramercy Brass Orchestra, with his newest compositions performed at the re-opening of the Cathedral Basilica in Paterson, NJ. He holds degrees from Montclair University, New York University, and the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music.
John lives in Annandale, NJ, with his wife Christina and daughter Seromi, as well as one cat and one dog.