John Jost

Professor, Music Performance, Director of Choral Activities

Constance Hall 205


John Jost, Professor of Music, has been Director of Choral Activities at Bradley since 1989. He also serves as director of the Ecole Sainte Trinité summer music program for Haitian youth in Léogâne, Haiti. He has held both principal viola and principal second violin positions with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and has served as president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He is co-founder and co-director of the Peoria Bach Festival which presents vocal and instrumental works of Bach each year during the first week of June. A native of California, Dr. Jost received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from Stanford University where he was assistant concertmaster of the Stanford Symphony and principal violist of the Stanford Chamber Orchestra. He spent four years teaching music in Haiti, after which he returned to the San Francisco area, serving as Director of Creative Ministries at Peninsula Christian Center, teaching in Palo Alto and Redwood City schools, and serving as assistant concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. After receiving his doctorate in choral conducting he became Director of Choral Activities at Houghton College in New York, where his select choir was chosen to perform for state and regional music educators conventions. Dr. Jost's duties at Bradley include directing the Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Community Chorus, and teaching private voice and conducting. He has led the Bradley Chorale in over two dozen concert tours to locations including Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary, England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and the Cathedral of St. Louis, King of France in New Orleans. He has performed with the Chorale for Illinois Music Educators Association Conferences and for state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. He also oversees Bradley's efforts to serve the central Illinois choral community, which include skills clinics for area choral directors, an honor choir for area high schools, a festival audition preparation workshop for district high schools, and rehearsal clinics for area school choirs. He received Bradley's First Year Teacher Award in 1990, the Charles Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, a service award from the Haitian Ministry of Culture in 2004, and the Bradley Parents Association Award of Excellence in 2005.