Born: April 25, 1922
Died: Dec. 9, 2012
Studies: New England Conservatory of Music (B.M.1952). Harvard University
Teachers: James Francis Cooke, Carl McKinley, Walter Piston
Obituary: John Bavicchi Obituary
JOHN ALEXANDER BAVICCHI was born on April 25th, 1922, in Dedham, Massachusetts. After studying Engineering and Administration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, John moved on to Civil Engineering at Cornell University. He received his Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1952. Additional studies at Harvard University Graduate School included Composition with Walter Piston; the History of Choral Literature with Archibald P. Davidson; and Renaissance Choral Practice with musicologist Otto Gombosi. John has composed over 110 works ranging from "Fantasia on Korean Folk Tunes" to "Festival Symphony" to "Music For Mallets and Percussion" to "Five Madrigals" to one of his latest works, "Fusions", written for trombonist Phil Wilson and performed in February 1992 by the Hannover Radio Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus commissioned Mr. Bavicchi to compose "Talk to Me" which it premiered in March 1993.
Mr. Bavicchi is published by Oxford University Press, Neil A. Kjos, Ensemble Press, BKJ Press, and Seesaw Music. He has been honored with awards from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, the American Symphony Orchestra League Recording Grant, and with commissions from the Harvard Musical Association, the Cecilia Choral Society, the MIT Concert Band, the Boston Civic Symphony, and the Welsh Arts Council. His works have been recorded by numerous companies over the years and, most recently, in 1994 a CD, "Selected Works of John Bavicchi" was released. He is Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music where he teaches courses in Composition, Conducting, and Analysis.
Maestro Bavicchi retired from active conducting at the end of the 2002-2003 Philharmonic Season and has been designated the Philharmonic Society's Music Director Emeritus by its Board of Directors.
Works for Percussion