John Ballinger is an award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. He has enjoyed a wide-ranging theatrical, film, recording and live performance career worldwide, having recorded, performed, and/or toured with Rufus Wainwright, Van Dyke Parks, Tracy Bonham, Pato Banton, Moira Smiley, The Dreaming Ferns/Rebecca Jordan, Dancing With the Stars, Grant Gershon/L.A. Master Chorale, O-lan Jones, Teddy Thompson, Michale Utley, Ralph MacDonald, Nadirah Shakoor, and Robert Greenidge.
Ballinger earned his BFA in music composition from California Institute of the Arts, where he studied privately with Arnold Schoenberg protégé Leonard Stein, Mel Powell, and Rand Steiger. His formal training also includes Musicians Institute, Hollywood, where he graduated from the studio guitar program, and he is currently in the graduate program for
commercial music at CSULA.
His work as a composer, arranger/copyist, musical director and pit musician includes scores and songs for TV, independent films, theater and live events and spans both coasts. Examples of his work as a composer include:
Switzerland, dir. Mark Brokaw, feat. Laura Linney & Seth Numrich, Geffen Playhouse.
A Coney Island Christmas, dir. Bart Delorenzo, feat. Arye Gross & Annabelle Gurwitch, Geffen Playhouse.
Annapurna, dir. Bart DeLorenzo, feat. Megan Mulally & Nick Offerman, Acorn Theatre, NY
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, dir. Mark Rucker, feat. Rob Campbell & Kathleen Early, South Coast Rep.
The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King, dir. Rod Menzies, feat. Carlos Carrasco & Philip Casnoff, Ensemble Studio Theatre
Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre program for Southern California
Girl Flu, dir. Dorie Barton, feat. Katee Sackhoff & Jeremy Sisto.
Tosh.o, Comedy Central, SE6 EP28, House Hunters: The Musical dir. Scott Zabielski
Tosh.o, Comedy Central, SE7 EP16, He Man: The Musical, dir. Scott Zabielski
Me & The Big Guy, dir. Matt Nix
Boo Bash a Bone Bag, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Season 3, Ep 20
Fluent in Logic, Finale, Qlab, MainStage, Live
Guitar family: 6, 12 string, electric/steel/nylon, electric bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele
Bb Clarinet, keyboards, drum kit/percussion, voice (4 octaves).