John David Earnest

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"...John David Earnest has devoted most of his long compositional career to music for orchestra, song cycles,
and choral music. Earnest’s skill as a composer raises the
craft itself to an expressive element of the music.
The forms are simple, direct, and clearly-articulated.
It’s a case where the technique so identifies with the content that the quality of the work translates into expression."

Sequenza 21 - CD Review by Steven Hicken



Upcoming Performances

Chimera Waltzes

for Flute, Clarinet, & Piano

Premiere : March 15, 2016
Leonard Garrison, flute, Shannon Scott, clarinet, Melissa Loehnig, piano
Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO


Chasing the Sun
Scherzo for Orchestra

April 3, 2016
Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra
Scott Speck, conductor
Evanston, IL 




Recent Performances

Who is That Fat Child?

Words by Tray Christopher
December 18, 2015
Choral Arts, Robert Bode, conductor
Holiday Reception, The White House, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Earnest is profoundly honored that this simple Christmas choral piece was recently performed at The White House during a holiday reception hosted by President and Mrs. Obama. His thanks to Choral Arts, the extraordinary chorus from Seattle and its conductor, Robert Bode, for performing the piece.


Postcards from Frank

Words by Frank LoScalzo
December 11, 2015
Louis Randall Brooks, baritone, David Kim, piano
Whitman College , Walla Walla, WA



Suite for Soprano and Orchestra
From the opera, "The Theory of Everything"

Libretto by Nancy Rhodes
Premiere: November 6, 2015
Whitman College Orchestra
Monica Griffin-Hunter, soprano
Paul Luongo, conductor
Whitman College , Walla Walla, WA