Location: New Jersey, USA
Dr. John F. Cavallaro is is originally from Methuen, Massachusetts, and studied piano and organ at an early age. Although mostly self-taught in classical composition, John studied with Giancarlo Aquilanti at Stanford University for several years, while pursuing graduate degrees in other fields. Dr. Cavallaro's compositional output has largely consisted of choral music, in which he has maintained a deep interest, but he has also composed works for piano, organ, harp, strings, and other ensembles, and he has executed numerous commissions for weddings and other special events.
Many of John's compositions received their premiere performances at Stanford University by the Stanford Memorial Church Choir under Gregory Wait, including We Speak of Love, composed for the centennial anniversary of the Stanford Memorial Church. Dr. Cavallaro also recently completed a special holiday commission for Schola Cantorum (Mountain View, California) to commemorate their 50th season. At the Break of Christmas Day, scored for mixed chorus and brass quintet, was premiered in December, 2013.
Also a baritone, John sang with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (the chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops) under Seiji Ozawa and John Oliver from 1985 to 2000, and with the Stanford Memorial Church Choir from 2000 to 2008. Since 2009, John has sung with Princeton Pro Musica (Princeton, N.J.), currently under Ryan James Brandau.
Outside the music world, Dr. Cavallaro has built a professional career in the biomedical field. John earned bachelor's degrees in biology and biomedical engineering from Brown University, an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and from Stanford, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in management science. Dr. Cavallaro currently works as a Technical Director in Portfolio and Asset Strategy at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Lawrenceville, N.J., and lives in Montgomery Township, N.J.
Links to my ChoralNet DARE piece, titled Contemplation, for which I wrote both the words and the music.