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


Recent Performances

Scherzo for Orchestra

performed by the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, April 3, 2016

"The orchestra really dug into your piece, and I heard many musicians compliment the writing. 
I think it's a brilliant concert opener, and the audience also seemed to enjoy it very much."
Scott Speck, Music Director

Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra
Joffrey Ballet
Mobile Symphony Orchestra 
West Michigan Symphony Orchestra


Chimera Waltzes

for Flute, Clarinet, & Piano

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



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