Choral and Vocal Jazz Director

John Stafford II

stafford-john.jpgJohn Stafford II is currently Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Co-Coodinator of the Music Department at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Professor Stafford was a 2015 recipient of the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for outstanding teaching and leadership at the community college level. He has also received two teaching awards, within the past year, from KCKCC for Recruitment and Teaching Excellence. He was previously appointed at Millikin University, Eastern Illinois University, and Danville Area Community College teaching composition, theory, orchestration, history, and vocal jazz. He holds degrees from Millikin University (music business), Bowling Green State University (composition), and has done additional doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (choral conducting). Among his professional activities, Professor Stafford serves as the Jazz Chair of the Kansas Choral Directors Association; he is also a member of National Association for Music Educators, Jazz Educators Network, and American Choral Directors Association. Also, Stafford has served as Director of Choral Music at Community Christian Church in Kansas City, MO since 2014.

Mr. Stafford maintains a high profile as a composer, arranger, and performer. Musical activities have included appearing as a bass vocalist with Kansas City ensembles, such as, the KC VITAS Chamber Choir and Spire Chamber Ensemble, back-up artist for Ben Folds and the St. Louis Symphony, and publishing choral works through the Roger Dean Company and Sound Music Publications. His composition, Humanity, I Love You, was recorded and released through First Step Records in 2013. His other choral and chamber music compositions 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. 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 Acappella, the New York Treble Singers and the Anti-Social New Music Ensemble (New York City) had performed his music.
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