John Pasternak has directed and composed for community ensembles throughout the Northeast Ohio area since 2003. His Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education is from Kent State University (KSU) where he served as President of their Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA) Chapter. In 2008 Pasternak was elected as a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
Pasternak’s experience includes composing and conducting works for and with KSU ensembles. He completed a film score for an independent KSU film Breaking News and in 2012, he completed his film score for Research: The Musical. Pasternak also teamed up with Hudson author Tish Dahlby and wrote an audio book score for birthday celebration book Pinklejinx. Recently, Pasternak scored the music for an Audio Technica promotional video How to Mic a Zombie.
As an active composer, his band compositions are published by RWS Music Company, Carl Fischer Music, and Bandworks Publications. Pasternak recently completed his Third Symphony which is based on speeches given by President John F. Kennedy. Pasternak also recently conducted the Western Reserve Community Band in a recording session for his JFK Symphony which will be released in 2017.