Dr. John Elmquist earned a DMA in composition at the University of Memphis where he studied with Don Freund. Elmquist won first prize in the Rapido! composition competition held by the Atlanta Chamber players. He is Music Director at Ebenezer Lutheran Church and he teaches at several Chicago-area schools, including Chicago High School of the Arts, the Merit School of Music and the People’s Music School. Elmquist also works as a bass player.