John Christopher Wineglass

John Christopher Wineglass, B.M., M.A.

A native Washingtonian, John Wineglass has performed in several orchestras and chamber ensembles both in the U.S. and abroad, performing his first viola concerto with the DC Youth Orchestra in 1984 at the age of 11.

In 1994, Mr. Wineglass earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition with a minor in Viola Performance at The American University. Previously, he studied the viola for several years under Margaret Ward (The Washington Opera House Orchestra) and Osman Kivrak, D.M.A. (Baltimore Chamber Ensemble). He also completed several master classes at the annual Pablo Casals Festival at la Universidad de Puerto Rico under the tutelage of Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich (Conductor Laureate of the National Symphony Orchestra).

John Christopher Wineglass

In The Studio

In 1999, Mr. Wineglass earned a master’s degree in Music Composition: Film Scoring for Motion Pictures, Television and Multi-Media at New York University, studying with Justin Dello-Joio, D.M.A. of the Julliard School. His passion for music has also led him to develop proficiency as a gospel and contemporary jazz pianist. This wide array of musical prowess has afforded Mr. Wineglass opportunities to perform on five continents, before every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan, and to regale numerous world leaders, including former King Hussein of Jordan and Chancellor Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union.

As a recipient of three (two consecutive) 2001-2005 ® Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series, and three 2002-2005 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, Mr. Wineglass holds five ® EMMY nominations and has served as composer and conductor for The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Silent Film Festival. Here, he premiered two original scores, namely: “Tired of Giving In” (a short animated film about Rosa Parks) and “Gabriel Goes for A Walk” by New York University Tisch School filmmaker Karl Staven.


At the Emmy Awards

Having composed scores for several documentaries on MSNBC’s “Headliner’s and Legends with Matt Lauer,” for major-network commercials, and for international campaigns on behalf of the American Red Cross, The US Army and others, Mr. Wineglass has captured the attention of numerous independent feature filmmakers.

In mainstream genres, John Wineglass has worked and performed with ® GRAMMY-Award Winning artists and producers, including Aretha Franklin, CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Richard Smallwood, Blackstreet, Loris Holland, Bashiri Johnson, Victor and Roy Wooten and Andrae and Sandra Crouch. The portfolio of acclaimed artists and musicians who Mr. Wineglass has also worked with include Tito Nieves, Kevon Edmonds, Najee, Will Downing, Jamie Foxx, Ray Chew, Daryl Coley, Donnie McClurkin, Patrick Henderson, William Becton, Dallas Holm, Clint Brown, Jean Luc-Lajoie of the Kry, Ron Kenoly, Gary Oliver, The Kenoly Brothers, Rodney Howard-Browne, Alvin Slaughter, Darlene Zshech, Israel Houghton and New Breed, Martha Munuzzi, Keith Staten and a host of others.

On various guest-conductor performances, Mr. Wineglass has served under the direction of internationally acclaimed Maestro Kurt Masur (New York Philharmonic), Maestro Samuel Wong (Hong Kong Philharmonic), Maestro Piotr Gajewski (National Chamber Orchestra), Maestro Randall Fleisher (Hudson Valley Philharmonic), Maestro David Lawton (Summer Opera Theatre), Maestro Ulysses S. James (Mt. Vernon Symphony) and Maestro Sergio Buslej (Pan-American Orchestra).


New York University, New York, N.Y.
Master of Arts in Music
Music Composition, September 1999
Concentration: Film Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television

Thesis: Wineglass, J. (1999). A Universal Link of The Past and Present of Film Music: An Analysis of Film
Music from the 1900’s – 1990’s, Unpublished Honors Thesis, New York University.

The American University, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor’s of Science in Music
Music Composition, May 1994
Minor: Viola/Violin Performance elor’s of Science in Music
Music Composition, May 1994
Minor: Viola/Violin Performance

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