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Stovall, John (1958 – Present)

Double bassist from Casper, Wyoming, who started out on the piano but gravitated to his instrument of choice in high school.  In 1978, he attended the University of Texas, where he studied with Stuart Sankey.  He furthered his education at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Lawrence Wolfe.  In 1981 and 1982, he took further lessons at the Tanglewood Music Center.  Rounding out his formal training, he took part in the Aspen music festival, the Congress of Strings, and the Grand Teton music festival.  In 1983, he graduated from NEC with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in performance.

He did a stint with the Houston Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the New Orleans Symphony until becoming a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1988.

On 5th December 2010, he participated in the Concert for the Cure at NEC’s Jordan Hall.  Sir Simon Rattle conducted the adagietto of “Symphony No. 5” by Gustav Mahler, “Piano Concerto in G, K. 453” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Marc-Andre Hamelin at the keys, and “Symphony No. 2” by Johannes Brahms.

He and cellist Adam Esbensen, violinists Nancy Bracken and Valerie Kuchment, and violist Robert Barnes performed in the BSO’s prelude concert on 19th August 2011.  Their recital included “String Quartet in G” by Antonin Dvorak and “Trio in E minor, Op. 14, No. 1” by Hermann Schroeder.  On 29th January 2012, they reprised this program at St. Paul AME Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In the field of music education, John has taught at the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music.

Recordings on which he appears comprise Contemporary Music from New England Conservatory’s Enchanted CircleHoliday Pops by the Boston Pops, and Schubert 196th Birthday Concert by the Boston Conservatory Chamber Ensemble.