John-Morgan Bush is working to change the face of classical music in the 21st century and he takes a multifaceted approach to define a new model for the role of the artist-as-administrator. John-Morgan is a Director, Learning and Leadership Programs at the League of American Orchestras where he works to provide innovative programming and resources for the orchestral field at the national level. His program portfolio includes the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service, the Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar and much more. He is also the architect of the League's flagship program, its National Conference, which is the largest annual convening of orchestra professionals in the world.
He holds an adjunct faculty position at the New School University, Mannes School of Music's Arts Management and Entrepreneurship program. He was formerly on the music faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he taught courses in applied horn, music education, arts administration, conducted the university string ensemble and was selected as a Difference Maker faculty entrepreneurship fellow.
During this time he served as executive director of the national award winning UMass Lowell String Project and has been an Executive Board member and officer of the National String Project Consortium as well as on the Board of Directors of the Juventas New Music Ensemble. Prior to this, he was a teaching artist in the innovative Harmony Program (el sistema) and then became the Director of Education for The Little Orchestra Society, also located in New York City, where he managed music education and community engagement programs which served thousands of New York City public school children, parents and senior citizens.
As a concert artist, John-Morgan hit the ground running, after winning second prize in the 2008 International Horn Society Solo Competition in Denver, CO. He is the recipient of the John Clarke Award for Excellence in Brass Performance. In addition to his work as an artist administrator and educator, he regularly performs with orchestras in the greater New York area as well as presenting innovative solo and chamber music recitals across the region. He holds two bachelor's degrees in music performance and music education from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in classical horn performance from the Manhattan School of Music.