ABOUT LYNN

Lynn Blake John grew up in Washington, DC and lives in Carmarthen, Wales. She was an IT geek in her day job. Nowadays, she works as a composer,  artist and writer.

As a composer, Lynn works in a wide range of genres including opera, orchestral, and chamber music for instrumental duets, quartets and quintets.  She composes in a descriptive style with a contemporary twist and a dash of humour.

As an artist, Lynn uses all media and she particularly likes the odd and playful effects that can be achieved with collage. She uses digital media for publishing and the Internet.

As a writer, Lynn is especially interested in children’s issues and in presenting them with whimsy and wit. Her first two books, Revenge of the Vegetables and The Accidental Athlete, addressed healthy eating and exercise. Her latest book, The Animal Chronicles, deals with animals in a changing environment.

Lynn also has a Master’s degree in Education and loves to teach. She has designed and taught all sorts of computer, analyst and management subjects as well as art and music courses.

AWARDS AND PRIZES

Osmose intermezzo (Brussels), 2020, Winner, Call for Scores

Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival Competition, Honourable Mention, 2020

Trio de Bois, Ladies’ Reeding Society, 2020, winner, Call for Scores

King Lear Prizes (London), 2020, Highly Commended

Wyoming Festival Violin Solo Competition, 2020, winner, Call for Scores

London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, 2020, winner, Call for Scores

Works for Solo Violin Competition, 2020, (by Italian violinist, Luciano Casalino, Principal 2nd violin, Oviedo Filarmonia), Honourable Mention

COVID-19 Project, 2020, winner, Call for Scores

Cypress Clarinet Quartet Competition (Texas), 2019,  First Prize

Chromatic Fusion (Minneapolis), 2019, winner, Call for Scores

Ensemble de la Belle Musique (Singapore), 2019, Winner, Call for Scores Christmas Concert

Osmose intermezzo (Brussels), 2019, Winner, Call for Scores

Ensemble de la Belle Musique (Singapore), 2019, Winner, Call for Scores “Beauty” Concert

Minute of Music Project “Trumpetoon” (trumpet and bassoon), 2019, First Prize

Spring Clarinet Recital (Chicago), 2019, Winner,  Call for Scores

Veridian Symphony Orchestra (California), 2019, Top Five Finalists, Call for Scores

Cypress Clarinet Quartet Competition (Texas), 2018,  Second Place Honourable Mention

Wyoming Festival, 2018, Composition Fellow

Wyoming Equality Award for Women Composers, 2018

Gettysburg College Music Scholarship

Avid Certified Sibelius User, 2019

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Whale Songs” for unaccompanied tuba, Cimarron Music Press, 2020

“Isolation” for euphonium/tuba quartet, Cimarron Music Press, 2020

“High Energy” for euphonium and piano, Cimarron Music Press, 2020

 

RECORDING

“Songbirds” string quartet,  “Love and Beauty” album by the Ensemble de la Belle Musique, Singapore, 2020.

TESTIMONIALS

“We really love your composition”
Mae Gremillion,  Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet

“You are a fabulous artist and thank you so much for this wonderful gem, I can’t wait to work together”
Stephanie Zelnick, Associate Professor, University of Kansas and Principal Clarinet of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

“You are a fantastic composer”
Susan Miranda, Chione Quintet, Minneapolis, MN

“Your pieces are well-crafted, interesting, and deserving of multiple performances.  Songbirds is wonderful!
Jim Grant, Potenza Music Publishers

“We would love to publish Masks!”
Bryan Doughty, Cimarron Music Press 

 

EDUCATION

B.A, University of Maryland

M.Ed, George Mason University

Private composition study with Peter Williams, professor at the University of Wales Trinity St. David’s, Swansea, Wales,  2016-2019

Music Theory, Guildhall, London, 2017

Composing for Strings, CityLit, London, 2017