John Wineglass composed a piece for the Cape Symphony

John Wineglass

Emmy®-winning composer John Christopher Wineglass’s “iridescent” (The Washington Post) compositions are inspired by the beauty of creation and the splendor of nature, as well as bringing to light social issues of the past and present. By commissioning John to write #elijah for Mayflower and Beyond, the Cape Symphony is in good company; he has received commissions from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and The Heinz Foundation.

John has written several scores for television shows on MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC, as well as for documentary episodes of Headliners & Legends for The Brady Bunch, Kathy Lee Gifford, and Farah Fawcett. He has scored multiple independent films, and several of his nationally syndicated commercials include music for the United States Army, American Red Cross, and Texaco.

John has received seven Emmy nominations and won three Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series. He’s also the recipient of three ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Film & Television Music Awards.

His latest symphonic premiere, Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked: Requiem for Rice was dedicated to the lives of millions of African and African-American forced laborers who cultivated the immense, expansive, and particularly wealthy rice economy in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. With a libretto and extensive research by historian Dr. Edda Fields-Black of Carnegie-Mellon University, this work took John with a team of researchers and film documentarians from the shores of South Carolina to the inner villages of Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and The Gambia.

John received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition with a minor in Viola Performance at The American University and later received his Master of Arts degree in Music Composition with an emphasis in Film Scoring for Motion Pictures, Television and Multi-Media at New York University, studying primarily with Justin Dello-Joio of the Juilliard School. To learn more about John, visit his website.

John’s extraordinary new work, #elijah, performed by Randall Goosby, will have its world premiere at the Cape Symphony’s Mayflower and Beyond event on November 13th and 14th. For more information and to purchase tickets for Mayflower and Beyond, visit, call the Box Office at 508-362-1111, or visit 1060 Falmouth Road in Hyannis, MA. The Cape Symphony Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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