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John Kaefer

Music Adjunct Faculty

Music and Performing Arts Professions

John Kaefer is a composer for film, television, multimedia, and the concert stage. A trusted collaborator known for his imaginative musical voice and distinctive scores, John’s varied work is praised as “steely and hard edged” by The Los Angeles Times, “a kinetic tour de force, continually fascinating,” by The San Francisco Classical Voice, and “vividly scored” by The New York Times.

John's work includes the score for Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment's live-action series Quantum Break, developed exclusively for Xbox One. Hailed as a "masterpiece" by Gaming Trend, the revolutionary game blurs the line between episodic television and cinematic gameplay, integrating the two into one seamless, uniquely immersive experience. It is currently the number one best-selling Microsoft Studios release to date.

John’s recent television credits include the original drama series Sequestered on Crackle (Sony Pictures Television) and Making Moves on Fullscreen, as well as the main theme and thematic music packages for ABC's Good Morning America, 20/20, Focus Earth (with Bob Woodruff), and Would You Fall For That. He has also composed dozens of national advertising and sonic branding campaigns for a diverse range of clients. Recent film credits include Party Boat (Sony Pictures), Night Sweats (Witness Films), director S.J. Main's Reconnected and Requiescat, Pandora’s Box (starring Joe Mantegna/Frances Fisher), and music for the Warner Brothers Picture's feature Mama’s Boy (starring Diane Keaton). Additionally, John has scored the feature documentaries Silence Patton, A Polite Bribe (Nexus Media), and the three-part series Dance School: Juilliard.

As a composer for the concert stage, John has enjoyed performances worldwide at major venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and La Schola Cantorum in Paris. His work is programmed frequently by leading musicians and ensembles, including The Pacific Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Symphony In C (Haddonfield Symphony), and The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra. He currently is composer-in-residence for LUX Orchestra, serves on the board of advisors for Composers Now, and is director of the BMI Foundation Pete Carpenter Fellowship.

John earned his doctorate from The Juilliard School. He also holds degrees in composition from Yale University (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (BM). He is represented by Evolution Music Partners in Los Angeles.


Screen Scoring

Learn to write music for today’s media industry through rigorous course work, collaborations with schools throughout NYU, and recording opportunities.