John Spirtas

Education Profile:

MMus, New England Conservatory
BMus, University of Michigan


John Spirtas joined the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in 2000 as Principal Percussionist.  John has performed with the Post Classical Ensemble since 2005. He has performed as a substitute percussionist with the National Symphony and the Chautauqua Symphony.   

John currently serves on faculty at George Mason University as Adjunct Professor in Percussion and at Washington Adventist University in the same capacity. 

Prior to joining the KCOHO, John was a percussionist in the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach, Florida.  He performed with the NWS in the 2000 American Mavericks Festival in San Francisco under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas and composer John Adams. 

 John is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the New England Conservatory of Music.  His teachers include Alan Abel, Will Hudgins, Salvatore Rabbio, Michael Udow and Nora Davenport.