John Mochnick received his degrees from Heidelberg University (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.) and the University of Cincinnati (D.M.A.). He has served on the faculties of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Wake Forest University, Salem College, the State University of New York at Cordand, and the University of Kentucky at Prestonsburg. Active for thirty-five years as a university choral and orchestral conductor, composer/arranger, administrator, and teacher, John retired to Winston-Salem in 2005 and has devoted himself full-time to pursuing his life-long love of jazz. He has prepared international festivals chomses for maestros John Nelson and Thomas Dunn, and has served as a board member, conductor, clinician, and editorial advisor of the Moravian Music Foundation. His compositions and historical performing editions are widely published, and his works have been performed at national and divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association as well as abroad. In the sum mer of 1990, he was invited to Austria to assist with the preparation of the choruses at the Bregenz Opera and conduct at the music conservatory in Feldkirch.