John Cockerill has been TCO’s Musical Associate since January 2018, where he music directed Suor Angelica and appeared as Manny in TCO/Theatre Street’s production of Master Class. He holds a M.M. in Musicology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a M.M. in Collaborative Piano from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is on the music faculty at Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake, NY, where he’ll be music directing Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate this summer. He has also served on the coaching staff at Des Moines Metro Opera, and he was the music director for the 2017 OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe. Passionate about contemporary opera, he is a company member of Chicago Fringe Opera, a storefront ensemble dedicated to presenting new vocal works written in English. He was a featured pianist on the album recording of Ross Crean’s new opera, The Great God Pan (Navona Records, 2017). In addition to TCO’s Three Decembers, Madama Butterfly and The Tragedy of Carmen, recent opera credits include The Great Gatsby (Seagle Music Colony), Turandot (Des Moines Metro Opera), Marìa de Buenos Aires (DMMO), As One (Chicago Fringe Opera), and The Barber of Seville (OPERA Iowa). Also active in musical theatre, he has music directed productions of Violet, Bonnie & Clyde, Xanadu, and High Fidelity, all in Chicago.