John E. Ferritto

Biography

John E. Ferritto (1937-2010) was an American composer, conductor, and music professor.

He graduated with honors in piano and violin performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and also holds a M.M. in composition from Yale University, where he studied piano with Ward Davenny, conducting with Gustav Meier, and composition with Mel Powell. He also studied at the American Academy in Rome and at Tanglewood, with Gunther Schuller, and Erich Leinsdorf.

He made his conducting debut with the U.S. Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra on tour in Germany, France, and Italy. He was associate conductor of the New Haven Symphony, Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the North Shore in Chicago, and director/conductor of the American Federation of Musicians Congress of Strings in Cincinnati.

As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the Radio Television Orchestra of Bucharest, the State Orchestra of Greece, the Toledo Symphony, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), the Charleston S.C. Symphony, the Michigan Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, the New Haven Opera, the New Haven Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre. He has conducted the Orchestras of both the Peabody Conservatory and The Cleveland Institute of Music, and was the former director of the Kent/Blossom Summer Music program.

Ferritto was Conductor Laureate of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, Ohio, after serving as Music Director and Conductor, a post he held since 1971.

He served on the theory and composition faculties at the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, and Kent State University.

John Ferritto passed away January 7, 2010. He is survived by his wife, the violist Marcia Ferritto.

ACE Publications

43 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
John E. Ferritto Piano Quintet piano, string quartet
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John E. Ferritto Sempre Berio Op. 43 solo bassoon, picc, eng hn, trpt, perc, vln, vc, and guitar
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John E. Ferritto Abstractions Op. 39 viola and piano
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John E. Ferritto Violette Op. 40 2 violas
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John E. Ferritto Dialogues II Op. 34 Alto Saxophone and String Quartet
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John E. Ferritto Violin and Viola Duo Op. 35 Violin and Viola
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John E. Ferritto Sax Quartet Op. 36 soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, saxophones
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John E. Ferritto Dialogues 1 Op. 33 -
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John E. Ferritto Walking My Dog flute, picc, violin, piano
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John E. Ferritto Ballad in Blue String Orchestra
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John E. Ferritto ANEURYSM NO. 6 FOR PERCUSSION QUARTET, OP. 31 PERCUSSION QUARTET
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John E. Ferritto SEMI-SUITE FOR 2 PIANOS 2 PIANOS
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John E. Ferritto SONATA FANTASY FOR CLARINET AND PIANO, OP. 29 CLARINET, PIANO
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John E. Ferritto VIGNETTES FOR STRING QUARTET STRING QUARTET
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John E. Ferritto Colors For Orchestra Op. 26 orchestra
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John E. Ferritto CONCERTO FIORI, Op.25 oboe and strings
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John E. Ferritto DUO TOCCATA,Op.24 -
vla, vcl
John E. Ferritto MOVEMENT FOR VIOLA AND 18 PERCUSSION,Op,22 vla,18perc
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John E. Ferritto MICHRIS -
fl,mar
John E. Ferritto STRING QUARTET,Op.21 2/1/2001
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John E. Ferritto FANTASY DUO,Op.20 vlc,pf
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John E. Ferritto CELEBRATIONS, Op.19 orch(pic-2-2-2-2,4-3- 3-1,timp,3perc,hp,str
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John E. Ferritto SEXTET,for Winds & Pf,Op.18 pf,wnd qnt
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John E. Ferritto CONCERTO for Violoncello and orchestra, Op.17 orch=pic-2- 2-2-2,4-3-3-1,timp,2perc,str
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John E. Ferritto CONCERTINO, Op.15 ob,al.sax,vib/glock/ xyl,bl/tams/dr,b
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