John has been a fan of contemporary a cappella music since discovering The Nylons as a freshman in college in 1988. His passion did not become complete, however, until near the end of his graduate school studies in physics at U.C. Berkeley; from ~1998-2000 he became a huge fan of the California Golden Overtones and the UC Men's Octet, attending nearly all of their concerts as well as their weekly outdoor practices/performances.
Since his university days, his a cappella fetish has grown to include classical music. From 2003-2007 he sang with the La Crosse Chamber Chorale, and from 2008-present he sings with the Utah Baroque Ensemble. Both groups are similar in size, style, and quality. You can listen to some recordings from both groups at John's website. From 2004-2007 he served on the board of directors of the LCC, and from 2013-present he has been on the board of the UBE.
While a student at Brigham Young University, John sang in two collegiate choirs, and played trumpet in two collegiate bands. In addition to singing and playing trumpet, John has been a director, accompanist, and singer in various church choirs for the past 20+ years. Now back at BYU as a physics professor, John lives in Orem, UT with his wife Pauline and their two children. John has been the faculty advisor for the BYU A Cappella Club since 2012. Besides music, physics, and family, John spends his time helping in the Young Men's program at his local LDS (Mormon) church and cheering for the Utah Jazz.jscolton @ physics . byu . edu
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