John Coons

Soloist, composer-songwriter, conductor, music educator

A native of Maine, musician John Coons is forging a genre-defying career that has included choral work, opera roles, performing with Ben Folds and the Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Opera, and singing the national anthem for the Red Sox at Fenway Park. His resume provides a snapshot of his wide-reaching interests, which range from solo work and songwriting to theater and music education. 

John Coons as Educator


John Coons is an active music educator both in and out of the classroom setting. After being named a Presser Scholar, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine with a B.M. in Music Education and a B.M. in Music Performance. Continuing on to earn a master's degree in classical voice performance on a Trustee's scholarship with a 4.0 GPA, John has worked both with groups of students and one-on-one to develop greater musical skill and expression. As part of his student teaching, John taught middle school general music in the Scarborough, Maine public school system as well as high school music theory and piano, Concert Choir and Select Choir. He has directed a solo vocal masterclass for high school students at the University of Southern Maine, served as a vocal judge for the Maine All-State auditions, and as Music Director for the USM Musical Theater Dance Academy.

During the 2010-11 year, John was a Choral Artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild's Urban Voices Program, teaching music in underserved schools in the greater Boston area. As part of Urban Voices, John partnered with a general classroom teacher to incorporate choral music into the classroom curriculum and worked with multiple K-1 classes. His work throughout the course of the year included basic musicianship such as solfege and sight-reading, singing and experiencing music in multiple languages and eventually culminated in conducting over 120 students in performance. 

John currently is a member of the faculty at the Ballard Academy of Music and Dance and the Meter Music School.