J. Andrés Ballesteros
Librarian and Community Liaison
I strive to write rich, layered music that tells stories of the world we live in, and I strive to teach about our world through its diverse musics.
I received my B.A. in Music in 2013 from Harvard University. While there, I studied with Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, Edgar Barroso, and Trevor Bača, and I am deeply thankful for all of them. Prior to my studies at Harvard, I attended Southwest Guilford High School (High Point, NC) and studied with Jack Jarrett. I have also studied at the European American Musical Alliance at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France; at the highSCORE festival in the Milanese suburb of Pavia, Italy; and at the Harvard Summer Composition Institute in Concord and Cambridge, MA.
I have enjoyed writing music for a wide range of ensembles, from the renowned Talea Ensemble, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, and the Callithumpian Consort; to amateur groups such as the Greensboro Youth Chorus, the Harvard University Wind Ensemble, the Brattle Street Chamber Players, and the Mozart Society Orchestra; to several middle and high school ensembles. I have also written for a variety of media, including short films, e-books, and an app.
I have been honored to receive a number of national and international prizes and recognitions, among them the Music Educators National Conference National Talent Search, the RED NOTE New Music Festival, two honorable mentions in the Notion Realize Music Challenge, and two honorable mentions in the Pikes Peak Young Composers’ Competition. I was the recipient of the 2012 John Green Fellowship from the Harvard University Music Department in support of "excellence in musical composition" and of a 2013 Davidson Travelling Fellowship.
Beyond composition, I am deeply involved with education through my work in the Music Department at the Boston Arts Academy, where I teach music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, and creative writing, many of which are based on original curricula. I founded and advised the Classical Music, Film Music, and Composition Clubs at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School from 2011 until 2014. I remain an active member of my community through additional volunteer work and engaged citizenship via the Franklin D. Roosevelt Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America, among others.
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For more information, visit Andrés' website: https://www.jaballesteros.com/