About John

John Yankee PhotoA dynamic and versatile musician, John Yankee is artistic director of the Falmouth Chorale, music director of the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, director of music at John Wesley United Methodist Church, choral director at Falmouth Academy, and has recently established the Cape Cod Children’s Chorus in conjunction with the Cape Cod Conservatory.

Since coming to Falmouth in September 2007, he has also been active in various musical venues as a folk musician, singing and performing on the hammered dulcimer and keyboards. In addition, he coaches ensembles, teaches privately, and produces a variety of concerts, workshops and community sings.

Prior to settling in Falmouth, Mr. Yankee served as artistic director of the San Diego Choral Union and Children’s Choir, and was founder and director of the Telluride Choral Society and Telluride Chamber Orchestra. An active composer and arranger, he has a long affiliation with the Walden School for Young Composers.

He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory (BM) and Yale School of Music (MM).



MM, Yale School of Music
BM, Peabody Conservatory
Graduate Studies, Eastman School of Music and University of Pittsburgh

Conducting Experience

Falmouth (MA) Chorale & Orchestra, Artistic Director 2007-present
Concert Chorus, Chamber Singers, Children’s Chorus
John Wesley United Methodist Church, Director of Music 2007-present
Falmouth Chamber Players & FCP Orchestra, Conductor & ensemble coach 2008-present
Cape Cod Opera, Conductor 2008-2009
Cape Cod Children’s Chorus, Founder and Director 2009-present
Falmouth Academy Chorus, Director 2009-present
Greater Falmouth Mostly All-Male Men’s Chorus, Director 2007-2008
La Jolla United Methodist Church, Director of Music 2006-2007
San Diego Choral Union, Founding Director, Pilot Program 2005-2006
Children’s Chorus, Treble Chorale (teens), Chamber Chorale (adults)
San Diego Children’s Choir, Artistic Director 2004-2005
Symphonic, Chamber, Youth, Concert, Intermediate, Preparatory, Early Years Ensembles
Chicago Symphony Orchestra South Shore Community Chorus & Chicago Civic Orchestra 2003

Guest Conductor

Telluride (CO) Choral Society, Founder and Artistic Director 1994-2002
Children’s Chorus (3 ensembles), Chorale, Chamber Singers
Telluride Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director 1994-2001
Telluride Mountain Gospel , Director 1998-2002
Ecumenical chorus performing Hymns, Spirituals, Bluegrass and Sacred Harp
Telluride Repertory Company, Music Director 1994-1997
The Walden School for Young Composers (NH), Choral Director & Forum Conductor 1977-1993
Garrison Forest School (MD), Director of Choral Activities, Girls, grades 6-12 1988-1993
Calvert Hall College, Director of Choral Music, Boys, grades 9-12 1986-1990
University of Pittsburgh Men’s Glee Club, Director 1982-1986

Teaching Experience

Private Studio, Lessons, classes and ensemble coach. 1980-present
Telluride School District, Artist in Residence, Faculty. 1994-1998
Introduced music to the schools; led in development of K-12 music curriculum
Yankee Music, Telluride Montessori School &Academy, San Diego Independent Studio 1995-2007
Early music program utilizing Kodaly, Dalcroze and Orff technique with American influences and improvisation
Telluride Mountain School, Faculty 1999-2000
AhHaa School, Instructor 1994-1998
The Walden School, Faculty 1977-1993
Peabody Preparatory Institute (MD), Faculty 1977-79, 1986-1992
Garrison Forest School, Faculty 1988-1993
Calvert Hall College H S, Faculty 1986-1990
University of Pittsburgh, Teaching Assistant, Jazz 1982-1986
Yale School of Music, Teaching Assistant, graduate Music Theory 1980-1981

Additional Experience

Acoustic Musician, Solo and in collaboration
Trumpeter, Performer in orchestras, chamber ensembles, big band, jazz combos; church/ceremonial soloist
Composer and Arranger, Numerous commissions; large collection of original works
Sehola Camtorum of Falmouth, Workshops in Gregorian Chant and Renaissance vocal music
Artist in Residence, Harpers Ferry, Badlands, Buffalo River National Parks
Leader of Community Sings, including Old Time Gospel Night, SummerSing Retreat
Participant, Robert Shaw Choral Workshop, Berkshire Choral Festival
Telluride Chamber Music Festival, Lecturer and presenter of program notes
Telluride Film, Jazz and Bluegrass Festivals, Conductor, performer, workshop presenter
Member, Chorus America, American Choral Directors Association
Board of Advisors, Telluride Institute
Vice President, Walden School for Young Composers
Academic Advisor, University of Pittsburgh College of Arts and Sciences