Described as "an unabashedly expressive composer," (New Yorker) John has created music for theater, opera, dance, and the concert hall. His chamber opera New Arrivals for Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco was hailed by Broadway World as an "intricate and intriguing score that is easy to lose yourself in emotionally." Commissions from organizations and musicians including the New York Youth Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theater, American Conservatory Theater, choreographer Amber Sloan, the Five Boroughs Music Festival, and violist Liuh-wen Ting have distinguished him as an emerging voice in contemporary music.
John has received numerous awards, fellowships and grants for his music from organizations including Meet The Composer, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Current projects include the world premiere of the memory-opera Lucy with librettist Kelley Rourke for Milwaukee Opera Theater (developed by American Opera Projects and Nautilus Music Theater), and the multimedia work I Need Snow Shoes -or- Snow created with choreographer Jordan Morley for toy pianist Phyllis Chen. His recent song cycle for the New York Youth Symphony, Natural Systems for baritone and orchestra, with text by Kelley Rourke, premiered at Carnegie Hall this spring and was described as a "vivid score ranging from energetic swirls to a gentle, enigmatic conclusion." (New York Times).