About John Beal

An accomplished film music conductor with thousands of hours in front of orchestras in Hollywood and around the world, award winning film and television composer John Beal is as at home conducting movie scores on the concert stage as he is in the recording studio. He has conducted a wide and diverse variety of shows and film scores with many of the world’s greatest musicians in venues stretching from London to Tokyo, and throughout the United States, including several decades in Los Angeles with the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Beal is the founding general manager and producer of the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, shepherding it through its debut season, and is now its consulting television and concert producer.

Fluent in the languages of jazz, classical, contemporary, electronic and world music, John Beal’s music has been featured on the President of the United States of America’s AIR FORCE ONE. He composed music for 45 theatrical features, television films and documentaries, 26 major network television series or specials, and was music director/music consultant for over 20 major network specials.AdjustedJBconducting001

Working with composer Buddy Baker, and the Walt Disney Imagineering Team led by Marc Davis, John composed and arranged music for the Carousel of Progress, America Sings and Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Over several decades, Mr. Beal’s career also includes work as composer, conductor, music producer and creative consultant for over 35 national advertisers, including Intel, MCI, Microsoft, FlexJet, Dr. Pepper, Apple, Ben & Jerry’s, NASDAQ, and very motion picture studio in Hollywood.

John Beal was part of the ground-breaking team that created today’s contemporary motion picture trailer format and is recognized throughout the industry as the composer who defined its musical style and template. Composing original scores for the marketing of over 2,000 major studio projects, including forty of the top grossing films of all time, such as Star Wars, Titanic, Forrest Gump, Aladdin, Braveheart, The Matrix, The Last Samurai  and many more, the success of movie campaigns to which John Beal contributed vital original creative is literally measured in hundreds of billions of dollars.

Throughout his career Mr. Beal collaborated as a conductor and arranger for recordings, television variety shows and concert tours with many diverse artists, such as Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, Ella Fitzgerald, Perry Como, and B.B. King. John Beal also composed original music for numerous hit television series, including Vega$ with Robert Urich, Eight Is Enough with Dick Van Patten and Betty Buckley, Happy Days with Ron Howard and Henry Winkler, Laverne & Shirley with Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, Goodtime Girls with Annie Potts and Georgia Engel, Legmen with Bruce Greenwood and John Terlesky, and Chicago Story with Dennis Franz and Craig T. Nelson.

Mr. Beal’s industry honors include two Key Art awards, two Golden Trailer awards, two trailer awards from Hollywood.com, a Golden Score Award, International Film Music Critics Association Award, two Readers Choice awards, Moviescore Online award, and recognition for his contribution to two Emmy awards in Music Direction and Composition.

KV-Studio2-8x10Mr. Beal attributes the passion that led him to pursue a lifetime in film and television music to childhood days at the knee of family friend, celebrated silent movie theater organist Gaylord Carter, and to an amazing group of mentors: Five time Academy Award composer nominee George Duning; Academy Award winner Dominic Frontiere; Disney’s Academy Award composer nominee Buddy Baker; Academy Award nominee and multiple Emmy Award-winning conductor Ian Fraser; twelve-time Emmy Award nominee, conductor Nick Perito; and Emmy Award-winning composers Billy Goldenberg and Earle Hagen.

Currently living on the scenic California coast, Mr. Beal is married to Helene Nielsen Beal and enjoys the attending live theatre, symphony and opera concerts in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Studio Conductor
20th Century Fox Newman Stage
Warner Brothers Eastwood Stage
Sony Pictures, Barbra Streisand Stage
Capitol Records
Ocean Way Hollywood
Ocean Way Nashville
United Western Recorders
Paramount Studios Stage M
Todd-AO
CBS Radford
RCA Hollywood
Wally Heider Studios
O’Henry
Universal Studios
Walt Disney Scoring
The Enterprise
Columbia Stage
TTG
Group IV
A&M Recording Studios
Sunset Sound
Village Recorders
Evergreen
Larrabee Studios
Mr. Beal has conducted in these cities
Anaheim
Atlanta
Atlantic City
Austin
Baltimore
Bangkok
Buffalo
Brookville
Burlington
Cedar Rapids
Chattanooga
Chicago
Cleveland
Colorado Springs
Coral Gables
Dallas
Denver
Des Moines
Fort Lauderdale
Greensboro
Hartford
Honolulu
Hot Springs
Houston
Jacksonville
Kansas City
Lake Geneva
Lake Tahoe
Las Vegas
London
Los Angeles
Manila
Memphis
Miami
Nashville
New Orleans
New York
Okinawa
Orlando
Osaka
Palm Beach
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Pittsburgh
Portland
Reno
San Diego
San Francisco
Seattle
St. Louis
Syracuse
Tokyo
Toronto
Warwick
Washington DC
Westbury
Winnipeg
Organizations
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
American Composers Forum
American Federation of Musicians
American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers
American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers
Former Governor, Composers and Lyricists Guild of America
Conductors Guild
Film Music Society
Former Governor, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Recording Academy Producer & Engineers Wing
Recording Musicians of America
Society of Composers & Lyricists
Veterans in Film and Television
Veterans of Foreign Wars
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