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John Vander Gheynst

Voice Program Coordinator

John is a performer, composer, and conductor in many genres of music. His music theater credits/collaborations include 9 years of ZTP, TexArts, Half and Half Productions, Broadway Austin, and 2nd Youth Theater. As a performer, he as played with a variety of artists including Kenny Garrett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Mike Stern, Delfeayo Marsailis, The Temptations, Mary Wilson, My Brother's Keeper, Jerry Lewis, The Creative Opportunity Orchestra, and numerous symphony orchestras including the Austin, Abilene, and Brazos Valley Symphonies. He has played in or music directed over 80 different musicals including the Broadway touring productions of Little Shop of Horrors and The Producers. As a composer, John has been commissioned to compose for a variety of genres including jazz orchestra, chamber ensemble, gospel groups, theater productions, brass quintet, and wind ensemble. His 'Day Suite', originally written for the University of Texas Jazz Orchestra, won the Downbeat Award for Best Extended Work for Jazz Ensemble. In 2012 and 2013, John received the B. Iden Payne award for Outstanding Musical Direction for his work on ZTP’s productions of The Sound of Music and Little Shop of Horrors. In 2015, he won the Austin Critics’ Table award for “Best Music Direction” of Chicago at Half and Half Productions.

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