Meet our Pianist, Composer, and Arranger, John Griffin!

John C. Griffin is a professor of music at Western Michigan University and Associate Director of Music at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Portage, Michigan.  Griffin earned his Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Iowa, where he studied with David Gompper.  He received his BM and MM in music from Western Michigan University.  While at WMU, he studied piano with Lori Sims and composition with Richard Adams, C. Curtis-Smith, and Robert Ricci.  As a pianist, he has performed with the new music ensembles Opus 21 and Birds on a Wire, and currently serves as the accompanist for the Kalamazoo Singers choral group.  As a composer, his music has been featured at numerous conferences and festivals, including the Imagine 2 Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Electroacoustic Juke Joint, the UA-Huntsville New Music Festival, the Kentucky New Music Festival, the Boston New Music Initiative Concert Series, the National Flute Association Convention, and the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, as well as College Music Society International Conferences in Croatia (2009), South Korea (2011), and Argentina (2013).  In 2015, he served as composition committee chair for the CMS International Conference in Scandinavia. Griffin is a Finalist of the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011 and semi-finalist for the American Prize in Composition, and his music was featured in the SCI Journal of Music Scores.  In 2014, his commissioned solo piano work Playin’ and Prayin’ was included in pianist Nicholas Phillips’s “American Vernacular” album, released through New Focus Recordings.  More information can be found at Griffin