John Henry Kreitler


John Henry Kreitler is an Emmy-winning American composer of contemporary classical, film, TV, and theatre music. He holds a B.A. in Composition from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, where he studied violin, composition and conducting before continuing his studies towards an M.M. in Composition from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he also taught theory.

His concert compositions include Symphony No. 1 – the Psalms for orchestra, chorus & schola cantorum, the two-act opera, Stefan-the Young, two string quartets, and numerous works for chamber orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus, mixed-media and electronics. His recent commissions include “Canciones de Vallarta” a suite for cello and orchestra commissioned by Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Don Moline; and “Behold My Servant” for choir, organ, brass & percussion, commissioned by First Christian Church of N. Hollywood, CA. His “Perpetua” for a cappella chorus was a finalist in the 2019 Tokyo International Choral Competition. His Conversations Beyond the Stars for violin, flute and electronics - inspired by an astronomical phenomenon known as ‘fast radio bursts’ - was premiered in December, 2019, by American violinist Karen Bentley Pollick and German flautist Klaus Liebetanz at the XIV Festival International de Arte in San Pancho, Mexico.

He is a founding member/composer-in-residence of Virtuosos de Cámara, a new chamber ensemble comprised of performers from Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Canada and America. The ensemble’s home base is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and is focused on presenting new chamber music, cross-cultural performances and music by Mexican composers.  2020 performances by members of the ensemble will include premieres of several new works by Kreitler, including Sonata Andalusia for two violins - a work that draws its inspiration from the music and culture of Gitanos Béticos, or Andalusian gypsies, and calls on the violinists to not only play classically, but also to perform traditional palmas(claps) and baile (percussive footwork). Virtuosos de Cámara will also premiere his “Poets End Up Living Their Madness” a suite for piano, violin, viola, flute, clarinet/sax, percussion and electronics inspired by poems from Mexico, as well as his arrangement for the ensemble of the classic Mexican song by Manuel Ponce, Estrellita. 

Kreitler’s theatre works have been performed on stages all over America and his film and tv music has been heard by audiences in over thirty countries internationally. His credits for underscore, songs and/or source music include numerous prime-time series such as Law and Order, Friends, Homicide, and Saturday Night Live, as well as the daytime dramas Passions (NBC) and Guiding Light (CBS) and films such as Material Girls (MGM) and Tribute (Lifetime). 

He has won ten EMMYs, and has been awarded the prestigious BMI TV/Film Award ten times. He and his wife, percussionist/vocalist Patsy Meyer, live in Northern Kentucky and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.