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:

The Gospel Train

for SATB Chorus and Piano
Whitman College Chorale
Jackie Wood, piano
Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey, conductor

Friday, December 1, 2017
Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA



for Solo Cello
John Kneiling, cello

Spring 2017
Greenwich House Music School
New York, NY

Chimera Waltzes

Leonard Garrison, flute
Shannon Scott, clarinet
Melissa Loehnig Simons, piano

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Red Lodge Music Festival
Billings, Montana

Songs Of Hadrian

Justin Vickers, tenor

Thursday, June 8, 2017 
Britten-Pears Foundation
The Red House
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK


Commedia Gallery

Sarah Brady, flute
Timothy Christie, viola
Amy Ley, harp

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival
Walla Walla, Washington

Be Thou My Vision

(Homage to a Beloved Hymn)

Arranged for SATB Chorus and Piano

Choral Arts Northwest
Robert Bode, conductor
Lee Thompson, piano
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Plymouth Congregational Church
Seattle, WA
Sunday, May 7, 2017
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Medina, WA

Three for Three 

for 2 clarinets and bass clarinet
I. "Tango"
II. "Loss"
III. "Cycle Song" 

Spencer Jones, clarinet
Jacob Ward, clarinet
Shannon Scott, bass clarinet

Friday, March 31, 2017
Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA 



New CD recording of two works by Earnest:
Chimera Waltzes for flute (dbl. bass flute), clarinet, & piano
Serenade and Dance for clarinet & piano

Also works by: Gross, Sollberger, Bermel, Dorff, Schoenfield
Released in November 2016 on Albany Records (Troy 1652)

For review quotes from Fanfare Magazine (March/April 2017) and Flutist Quarterly (Winter 2018)
of the works by Earnest, please click here