John Stapleton is currently pursuing his M.M. in Percussion Performance at Rutgers University. He began playing percussion at the age of 15 under the direction of Diana Melgarejo-Sgro at New York Youth Musicians in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, John has performed in a variety of settings and ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Sheep Island Ensemble, MIT Symphony Orchestra, Harvard – Radcliffe Orchestra, Times Two Series, and the Rite of Summer Music Festival. He can also be heard on the soundtrack to the 2016 Taiwanese black comedy-fantasy- mystery-drama film The Tenant Downstairs.
John was a timpanist and percussionist of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Benjamin Zander and has toured several times to Europe and Carnegie Hall with the orchestra since its founding in 2012. Touring with this group has allowed him to perform in some of the world’s most renowned concert halls including the Berliner Philharmonie, KKL Luzern, Smetana Hall, Rudolfinum, De Doelen, the Royal Concertgebouw, and more.
Alongside performing, John enjoys working alongside Diana Melgarejo-Sgro at New York Youth Musicians as an Administrative Assistant. He has held this position for over 4 years and also assists with NYYM’s events and performances throughout NYC.