John Hallberg, a Southern California native, is highly in demand as both a performer and educator in the Southern California area and ranks among the most esteemed and admired saxophonists of his generation. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United Kingdom, Croatia, France, Belgium, Sweden, China, Hong Kong, and across the United States. Dr. Hallberg’s career has taken him to many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Segerstrom Concert Hall, McCormick Place, Bovard Auditorium, Zipper Concert Hall, and Meng Concert Hall. He has performed under the batons of notable conductors such as H. Robert Reynolds, Frank Battisti, Ray Cramer, Carl St. Clair, Larry Rachleff, Richard Heidel, and John Carnahan. Dr. Hallberg can be seen and heard on broadcasts of UITV, KUSC, and KCCK.
Dr. Hallberg currently instructs saxophone at California State University-Fullerton, the Colburn School, and the Orange County School of the Arts. He has also previously taught applied saxophone at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Many of his students have successfully auditioned into leading undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. They have also successfully competed in North American Saxophone Alliance solo and chamber music competitions, Music Teachers National Association solo and chamber music competitions, and multiple California honor bands across the state.
Dr. Hallberg received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance with minors in Music Theory and Analysis, Music Technology, and Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. Dr. Hallberg also holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University-Long Beach.
Dr. Hallberg is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays on Yamaha Saxophones exclusively.