John M. Tarrh, Assistant Conductor

(Photo by Susan Wilson)

(Photo by Susan Wilson)

John M. Tarrh, a Lexington-based composer and Assistant Conductor of Lexington Pops Chorus since 2010, received his musical training at the New England Conservatory of Music where he earned a Master’s degree in Music Composition studying with Michael Gandolfi and a Master’s in Music Theory studying with Deborah Stein. In addition to singing with Lexington Pops Chorus, Mr. Tarrh plays percussion with the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Newton, MA where he has served as Chair of their Board of Trustees for the past decade. Mr. Tarrh is also on the board of Lexington Symphony, and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee for Energetiq Technology, Inc., a small, privately-held technology company.

Mr. Tarrh has written music for a variety of ensembles including full orchestra and concert band as well as chamber and solo works, in addition to vocal works. He is perhaps best known for his second symphony, Freedom, which was performed by Lexington Symphony, Lexington Pops Chorus, and the Mastersingers of Lexington for the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the town of Lexington in 2013. He is on the web at www.tarrh.com.