John Tootle has been developing and sharing his love for music for two decades. After studying with Van Cliburn medalist Yakov Kasman in high school, he went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Alabama, where he studied with Dr. Kevin Chance and was named by the faculty as the Most Outstanding Senior of the music school. John recently earned his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Houston, where he studied on a full piano scholarship with Nancy Weems.
John has enjoyed success in music competitions at the state and national level. Winning first place in the University of Alabama’s school-wide Concerto Competition, he performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor as the soloist with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra. John also took first prize in the National Clara Wells Biennial Auditions in 2014, placing above contestants from across the country.
In addition to performing, John works as a professional accompanist and has also developed a lifelong interest in music theory. He earned a position as a teaching assistant and adjunct instructor at the University of Houston, teaching the entire undergraduate music theory and aural skills sequence. He also accompanies the Sanctuary Singers choir and serves as a staff pianist at First Presbyterian Church. He has been teaching piano privately and through organizations for five years, preparing students for their own recitals and competitions. Combining his academic teaching expertise with his experience as an accompanist of groups and soloists, John aims to provide his students with a deep and well-rounded musical education.