John Stafford II is currently the Director of Choral Music Activities at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He was previously appointed at Millikin Univiersity and Eastern Illinois University teaching music composition, theory and orchestration. His choral and chamber music has been performed throughout North America and Europe. The University of Oregon's Waging Peace Through Singing, an international competition for choral music on the theme of peace, has recognized his work.
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He has also received recognition from other organizations such as American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, the Society of Composers Inc. (both national and regional conferences), the National Federation of Music Clubs, Electronic Music Midwest, and Primavera En La Habana 2004 (Spring in Havana) International Electroacoustic Music Festival in Havana, Cuba. He was selected as a finalist for the IV Edition Pierre Schaeffer International Competition of Computer Music in Italy. In addition, members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, the Hradec Kralove Men's Chorus (Czech Republic), the Gregg Smith Singers, Chicago A cappella, the New York Treble Singers and the Anti-Social New Music Ensemble (New York City) had performed his music. His choral and vocal jazz music is published by The Roger Dean Publishing Company and Sound Music Publications. Stafford has degrees from Millikin University (B.M. in Music Business) and Bowling Green State University (M.M. in Composition) and is completing a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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