John-Morgan Bush is working to change the face of classical music in the 21st century. As 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 also the recipient of the John Clark Performance Award as well as the University of Kentucky's prestigious McCracken Awards in Music Performance and Music History.
John-Morgan also has a strong background in music pedagogy and music education, believing that all both are integral to high-caliber artistry. He has served as a teaching artist in the Harmony Program at PS129 in Harlem and then as 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.
In 2012 he founded the Tuxedo Revolt, an arts consultancy and think-tank that re-imagines how to connect live music to today’s audiences. John-Morgan strongly believes that live performance can, and must, be interesting and bold; but above all else—it must be relevant. In addition, he also founded the Tuxedo Revolt Blog, which now has been read by over 6,000 people across the globe in more than 60 countries worldwide. He performs with orchestras in the greater New York area as well as presenting innovative solo and chamber music recitals across the region. He has played under the baton of Mei-Ann Chen, Mark Wigglesworth, Osmo Vänska, David Zinman, and others. As a professional horn player, his passion for making music continues to grow. John-Morgan regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician on recital series throughout the northeast.
By taking a multi-faceted approach he revives, reshapes, and redirects the perception of the 21st century performing artist. A resident of New York City, John-Morgan currently consults and lectures in both Massachusetts and New York. He also serves as an Executive Board Member of the National String Project Consortium and also on the the Board of Directors of the Juventas New Music Ensemble. He currently is a full-time faculty member of the UMass Lowell Music Department and also serves as the Executive Director of the UMass Lowell String Project.