John Orfe, composer and pianist, has received commissions for Duo Montagnard, Dez Cordas, NOVUS Trombone Quartet, Ludovico, the Music Institute of Chicago, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Diocese of Peoria, and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He is a winner of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a Tanglewood Fellowship, the William Schuman and Boudleaux Bryant Prizes from BMI, and eleven Standard Awards and the Morton Gould Award from ASCAP. His works for solo, chamber, choral and orchestral ensembles have been performed internationally. He is an alum of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute and Reading Sessions. As pianist, John has performed his interpretations of five centuries of keyboard repertoire ranging from canonic to arcane. As a founding member of new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, he has performed in Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Roulette, the World Financial Center, Symphony Space, and venues across the US and worldwide including Harvard University, Moscow, Seoul, Lima, Amsterdam, Berlin, Cork, and Krakow.
Orfe is Assistant Professor of Music at Bradley University in Peoria where he also serves as Organist at First United Methodist Church. The Yale School of Music awarded him his DMA.