John H. Schooley was born on February 8, 1943 in Nelson, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Montrose High School (PA) he attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan in 1961 where he studied theory, acoustics, piano, and tuba. He received a B.S. degree in Music Education from Mansfield University, PA in l965 and was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellowship to begin graduate studies the following fall at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. At the Academy, he studied composition with Richard Stoker (a former student of Nadia Boulanger), harmony with Francis Cameron, orchestration with Leighton Lucas, and tuba with John Fletcher of the LSO receiving a Certificate of Merit in 1966.
Upon returning to the United States, he secured an instrumental teaching position in the Athens Area School system at East Smithfield, Pennsylvania. The following summer he was awarded a graduate assistantship to attend and to teach theory and tuba at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He received the M.M. degree in theory/composition the following spring (1968) and was employed as an Instructor of theory and tuba at Eastern Kentucky University for the following two years before accepting his current position at Fairmont State University in 1970. During employment at EKU and FSU, Schooley continued studies in theory, composition, counterpoint and tuba at the Aspen School of Music with 2 E.P.D.A. Grants (1969-70); Yale School of Music with the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship (1971); L’Ecole de Hindemith in Vevey, Switzerland (1973); CUNY Graduate Center as an N.E.H. Seminar Fellow (1979) and Choral Arranging with Alice Parker at Westminster Choir College (1984).
In addition he was awarded four F.S.U. Research Grants, a sabbatical leave (1982), and a F.S.U. Faculty Development Grant (1984). He received an Outstanding Educator of America award (1973), commissions from the WV Arts & Humanities Commission (1974), WV Music Teachers National Association (1986), First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont (1988) and Fairmont State University (2005) along with numerous other awards from FSU, the City of Fairmont, Mansfield University, WVMEA, and from the Fairmont Rotary Club. His THREE DANCES for Woodwind Trio received a first place national award in the 1975 Delius Association Competition.
Performances of his works have appeared in live concerts at Donnell Library in Lincoln Center, NYC, and throughout North America, Europe, & Asia. Broadcasts of his compositions have occurred on West Virginia Public Radio and National Public Radio from Washington, D.C.
In addition to musical compositions, Mr. Schooley has authored and published nine books in music theory, and five articles in various national music magazines including, Musical America, the International Trombone Journal, and Woodwind, Brass and Percussion.
Mr. Schooley is the founder of Heilman Music (1984) an ASCAP firm which publishes only original compositions by American composers. In addition to his own compositions, his catalog carries titles by William Dougherty, Jan Krzywicki, Robert C. Ehle, Virgil Thomson, and Richard Wellock.
In 1989, he became a founding member (tuba) of the Appalachian Brass Quintet which can be heard on two available CD recordings. He has arranged numerous works for the ABQ for public performances.
Compositions - all published by Heilman Music unless stated otherwise.
- 1966 - Partita For Brass Quartet (2 trumpets, trombone, & tuba). A six movement suite first performed at the R.A.M. London, England. Published by Kender Music.
- 1967 - Concertino For Winds And Percussion (Band). Not Published
- 1967 - Dance Scenes For Orchestra. Not Published
- 1968 - Three Dances For Woodwind Trio. (Flute, clarinet, bassoon - revised 1974) The National Delius Association Competition 1975 First Place Instrumental Award. Recorded by the Clarion Wind Quintet.
- 1970 - Serenata For Tuba And Piano. Premiere performance, 1970 Aspen Music Festival by Paul Krzywicki of the Philadelphia Symphony.
- 1973 - Vocalise For Soprano & Piano (or Orchestra) Written especially Anne Schooley. Also published for Trombone/Baritone.
- 1973 - Lines To Ralph Hodgson Esqre. SSAA Choir. Written for an SAI American Music Concert. Not published.
- 1975 - From A Very Little Sphinx. Song Cycle (seven songs) for Soprano & Piano on poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Commissioned by the West Virginia Arts & Humanities Council. Performed at Lincoln Center, NYC.
- 1978 - Songs Of Victory In Heaven. Cantata for Soprano Solo, S.A.T.B. Chorus & Piano. Text from The Jerusalem Bible, Book of Revelation, Chapter 19, Verses 1-9. Commissioned by the Grafton High School Choir for performance at the 1978 W.V.M.E.A. State Conference.
- 1978 - Two Short Sacred Songs. Soprano (or Tenor) & Piano (also err. for 3 octave handbell choir) from cantata, "Songs Of Victory In Heaven".
- 1981 - Choral Responses For The Contemporary Worship Service. A collection of 13 Protestant church responses for S.A.T.B. Choir.
- 1982 - I Love Them. Art Song for Mezzo Soprano & Piano
- 1982 - Cherokee. Tone poem for tuba quartet (2 Euphoniums & 2 Tubas).
- 1982 - Winter's Journey. A liturgical art song for Baritone & Piano.
- 1982 - Toccata For Tuba Quartet (2 Euphoniums & 2 Tubas.)
- 1982 - 150th Psalm For Children and Adult Choirs or S.A.T.B. Text from The Jerusalem Bible. Commissioned 1982 by the First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont.
- 1986 - Sonata For Brass Quintet and Piano Commissioned 1986 by the West Virginia Association of MTNA.
- 1988 – For All The Saints (& Rejoice All People), a second text as an Installation/Ordination Anthem) for SATB Voices, Organ & Optional Brass Quintet.
- 2001 – Simple Gifts (Performance CD of the Appalachian Brass Quintet)
- 2002 – Rejoicing (Performance CD of the Appalachian Brass Quintet)
- 2002 – A Digest Of Harmonic Technique (An Integrated Theory Program in CD Rom format)
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