For his relative young age, John has already performed and conducted music of all varieties on regional and national stages throughout the United States, in addition to recent international performances. He is a "dual threat," as he combines his baritone voice with over 20 years experience as a percussionist.
John was born in the beautiful Midwestern town of Louisville, KY. He went on to graduate as valedictorian at Bullitt Central High School, and he completed his Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Kentucky. In 2009, John earned a Master of Arts in Music Education, Choral/Orchestral Conducting emphasis, from Western Kentucky University. Previous positions include serving as the choral director at Westport Middle School (Louisville, KY), Ohio County Middle School (Hartford, KY), and Ohio County High School, as well as two years as the vocal area graduate assistant at Western Kentucky University.
At Henderson County High School, he currently teaches three levels of choir -- Concert, Chamber, and Show -- and music appreciation, in addition to serving as the Assistant Director of Percussion for the Henderson County High School Colonel Brigade. Professionally, he is an active member in the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, the Contemporary A Cappella Society, and the A Cappella Educators Association.
Mr. DeFerraro currently serves on the KMEA State Choral Council as the District 2 Choral Chair, and is part of a national task force with NAfME to reach out to, and provide mentoring for, new music educators. Additionally, he is helping to found the A Cappella Educators Association as a representative for the state of Kentucky. He owes a great portion of his success to several of his former teachers, including Dr. Jefferson Johnson, Dr. Eva Floyd, Dr. Lori Hetzel, and Ms. Elizabeth Volkman.