John W. Tyson is a native of Rockingham, NC. He is a graduate of East Carolina University where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. Mr. Tyson has been playing the piano since he was nine years old and began playing the trumpet when he was twelve. Mr. Tyson is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, recipient of the Cole Foundation Arts Scholarship, and a recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Award. He is also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity. He holds membership in the NC Music Teachers Association, the National Association For Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association. and the American Guild of Organists.
While at the ECU A.J. Fletcher School of Music, Mr. Tyson studied piano under Dr. Keiko Sekino. During this time, he performed at the Yves Nat Piano Festival in Beziers, France, at Steinway Hall in New York City, and with the ECU Orchestra. In the summer of 2014, Mr. Tyson studied with Vincenzo Balzani of the Milan Conservatory and performed at the Academia Tadini in Lovere, Italy. He has also performed in master classes and has had studies with Oxana Yablonskaya, Yuri Kim, Joanna Chao, Shuku Iwasaki, and Teddy Robie.
Mr. Tyson taught band and choir in public school for five years. His ensembles consistently received superior ratings at the state and national level. Many of his former students continued their musical studies, and majored in music in college. Mr. Tyson serves as an accompanist for many choirs, instrumentalists, and musical productions in the area and is the Director of Music Ministries at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church-Southern Pines. In his free time he enjoys riding “Jack Reacher,” his off the track thoroughbred horse.
I fell in love with music as a young child, and remember it like it was yesterday! I sat in the audience watching and hearing the NC Symphony for the first time. As I stared up at the stage, I saw the musicians bathed in the bright lights. I watched as the violinists' bows moved across the strings, and made such a beautiful sound! I was overwhelmed with emotion, and sat in awe of those musicians.
I started playing the piano at age 9. My three older sisters all took piano lessons, so naturally I did not want to play piano! Eventually, I decided that I would learn how to play the piano on my own. So the summer before 4th grade, , I took my sisters' beginning piano books, put masking tape on the piano keys, and wrote the note names on each key. I taught myself how to read music that summer, and completed all of the beginning piano books. My parents found out that I could read music and play the piano on my own.. They enrolled me in private piano lessons, and my love of piano music continued. When I am not performing, teaching, or practicing the piano. I enjoy riding my horse “Jack Reacher.”