John Wineglass

John Wineglass
John Christopher Wineglass is a multiple Emmy® award-winning composer who has performed on five continents, before U.S. presidents since Ronald Reagan and regaled numerous world leaders including the former King Hussein of Jordan and Chancellor Mikhail Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union. In mainstream genres, John has worked with several OSCAR® and GRAMMY award-winning artists, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Jamie Foxx to name a few.

Wineglass has written several scores and incidental music for shows on MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC as well as documentaries, and several of his nationally syndicated commercials include music for the United States Army, American Red Cross, and Texaco as well.

Wineglass holds seven Emmy® nominations and is a recipient of three (two consecutive) Daytime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series, and three ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards.

In the classical music genre, he has garnered commissions from the esteemed Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Maestra Marin Alsop to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, with The Washington Post describing his concert-hall work as having “iridescent colors in the world premiere of a beautifully crafted suite” while conductor Marvin Hamlisch introduces and congratulates the occasion by commenting “… with a name like Wineglass, it had to be good.”

Wineglass’ “iridescent” (The Washington Post) compositions are inspired by the beauty of creation and the splendor of nature - as well as bringing to light social justice issues of the past and present. Commissioned works in the 2018-19 season alone included four symphonic workstwo with full SATB chorus.

In 2021-22, Wineglass made his debut symphonic recordings released on Navona Records with the Zagreb Festival Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonie, and lastly the esteemed London Symphony at St. Luke’s recording his stunning mini-violin concerto #elijaha direct tribute to not only the life of Elijah Jovan McClain but to the lost lives of many people of color at the hands of those who are entrusted to serve and protect.

Wineglass is currently serving a five-year appointment as Composer-in-Residence with the Monterey Symphony where both of his pandemic response works Alone for Solo Violin, Live EFX and Electronica and Alone Together for Percussion, Harp and Strings have been curated to be included in the permanent collection of COVID-19 response art at the Library of Congress. The subsequent short-film for Alone for Solo Violin, Live EFX and Electronica directed by filmmaker Doug Mueller has won international acclaim.

Wineglass has received major commissions from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Benjamin Harris Memorial Fund, The Heinz Foundation and the Opportunity Fund along with a wide cadre of private sponsors. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition with a minor in Viola Performance at The American University and later received his master’s degree in Music Composition with an emphasis in Film Scoring for Motion Pictures, Television and Multi-Media at New York University, studying primarily with Justin Dello- Joio of the Juilliard School. For more information, about Wineglass and his work, including audio clips and score samples, visit www.