A dynamic and versatile conductor, teacher, composer and performer, John Yankee has directed choral and instrumental ensembles noted for inventive programming, creative presentation, and high performance standards. As a performer, Yankee has extensive experience and facility in a broad range of musical styles. He is a skilled hammered dulcimer player, singer, and folk artist with strong keyboard skills. As a teacher, Yankee specializes as an instructor in musicianship, theory, voice, history, appreciation, composition, arranging, and conducting. John holds performance degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and Yale School of Music, and also pursued graduate studies in theory and composition at Eastman School of Music and the University of Pittsburgh.
John is an accomplished teacher at all levels of learning, from advanced and analytical to fundamentals and appreciation. He is a proponent of creative and relevant musical application in an interactive, positive learning environment. Throughout his career, Yankee has demonstrated expertise in developing programs, building community interest, encouraging participation and involvement, providing learning tools, and interrelating the arts and humanities.
John has the ability to connect with people of all ages, backgrounds, perspectives, interests, and skill levels. He possesses exceptional leadership, communication, motivational, recruiting, visionary, and interpersonal skills.