John Hallberg (b. 1988), a native of Southern California, is a saxophone performer and educator currently based in the Los Angeles. He has performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia in venues such as Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Segerstrom Hall, Mozart Concert Hall of Zuhai, McCormick Place, Bovard Auditorium, and at numerous university campuses around the world. He has performed under the batons of notable conductors such as H. Robert Reynolds, Frank Battisti, Ray Cramer, Carl St. Clair, Larry Rachleff, Richard Heidel, and John Carnahan.
John is currently on faculty at California State University-Fullerton, The Colburn School, and the Orange County School of the Arts. Additionally, he has previously taught applied saxophone at the University of Southern California. Many of his students have gone on to successfully audition into leading undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs, as well as have gone on to successfully compete in North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) solo and chamber music competitions, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) solo and chamber music competitions, and multiple California honor bands.
He is a frequent participant at saxophone festivals and music conventions. He regularly attends NASA conferences, World Saxophone Conferences, and is often invited as a guest artist to various saxophone events to teach and perform. During his time in Southern California, he can often be seen giving clinics, recitals, and concerts locally.
He has received accolades in a number of chamber and solo competitions, including MTNA and NASA competitions, The 6th International Adolphe Sax Saxophone Competition, and the 2014 American Protege International Woodwind and Brass Competition, where he received first prize.
John received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance with minors in Music Theory and Analysis, Music Technology, and Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master of Arts degree from The University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University-Long Beach. In his free time, John enjoys cooking, playing chess, and spending time with his wife and two children.
John is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays on Yamaha Saxophones exclusively. He also performs on Vandoren mouthpieces, ligatures, and reeds.