John Zeretzke has written numerous World Music ballet, dance and theater scores for such companies as The Royal Danish Ballet, The Ohio Ballet, The Ice Theater of New York; also, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, As You Like It and King Lear for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Zeretzke’s score for The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago was featured in Robert Altman’s docu-drama “The Company”. The Chicago Times called it, "an instant classic!” In 1998 Zeretzke was awarded the Lester Horton Dance Award for outstanding achievement in music for dance in Los Angeles, California. He won first place in the 2000 Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur International Composing Competition for Dance in Quebec, Canada. John was Music Director and soloist with the prestigious Aman Folk Ensemble in Los Angeles for over thirteen years. Most recently, John has composed original scores for theater including music to John Cariani's box office hit Almost, Maine, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and As You Like It and a new score to Heather Ruffo’s 9 Parts Of Desire, the true stories of nine Iraqi women. Zeretzke has composed numerous scores for films including over eight motion pictures for Paramount Pictures, Disney, Discovery Channel and Kushner-Locke Productions. He has recorded with artists Michele Polnareff, Liana Foly, Angelique Kidjo and Kenny Loggins.
Zeretzke continues to be a leading Artist/Educator in schools nationally and throughout Southern California. In 1999 he won the P.A.S.A. Award, Professional Artist Service Award, a lifetime achievement award for his work in arts education in the state of California. He is associated with numerous leadership and educational organizations in the state including the Music Center of Los Angeles County, Orange County Performing Arts Center, The California Arts Project and Literature Projects, Smart Schools – West Coast and The California Leadership Academy. Zeretzke is a guest composer and musical artist at numerous Ronald McDonald and American Cancer Society Summer Camps for children with cancer in California and nationwide.
He performs for thousands of students every year in educational programs he has directed and developed for schools in California and across the nation. John is Director and creator of the Goin’ South Band, music of the southern United States and the Salaam Ensemble, masters of Middle Eastern music. John’s newest program, Flutes Across The World, is winning great accolades internationally as a unique humanitarian and cultural outreach music program. He received the highest Medal of Honor from the White Helmets of the United Nations for peace keeping in the world today and for his joint efforts with Knightsbridge International and Operation Smile in their recent July 2009 Mission to the southern Philippines. John won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 from the City Of Ojai in California where he currently lives for his work in the arts and arts education.