Jon O’Hara (BMI) is a composer, songwriter, producer of music, and pianist currently living and working in Los Angeles, California. He is currently at work as a composer and orchestrator at Mike Post Productions, working mainly on the acclaimed television series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He received his Masters of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games from Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain, during which time he had the opportunity to record his score for the short film Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux at Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Prior to Berklee, O’Hara graduated in 2014 from Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in Composition & Theory and was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sue Brewer Award, given to one student for excellence in the Composition/Theory or Guitar Performance Major.
As a film and television composer, Jon has composed music, additional music, and orchestrated for a variety of films, tv shows, and documentaries, including Law & Order: SVU, Albion: The Enchanted Stallion, 93 Days, The Black Prince, Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux (short), The First Time (short), Other Side (short), Kenzie (short), Brighter on the Other Side (short), Doing Well In Ethiopia (short), and Paper Planes (short).
He is currently beginning work on Tyler Winther’s Atomic and Skye Peters’ 3 Deaths. O’Hara’s original music has been featured in TV shows such as NCIS (CBS), Bojack Horseman (Netflix), The Strain (FX), GRIMM (NBCUniversal), The Finder (FOX), and Crash (Starz). In addition, he also was hired with his longtime friend and musical collaborator Wil Virkler to write source music specific for the indie crime comedy A Fork In The Road.
In the past, Jon has worked for and/or been mentored by Mike Post (Law and Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files), Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Human Target, Battlestar Galactica), Kris Wilkinson, Jim Gray, and Kip Winger and views these experiences as essential to his development as a composer. "I really have been fortunate to learn the business from an insider's perspective with these incredible work and internship opportunities. I hope to eventually be able to pay it forward and help other young composers on a path to realizing their dreams.”
As if all of these scoring projects were not enough to keep Jon busy, he devotes much of his time to songwriting and production. He has composed and produced projects under the names The Two Suns (a collaboration with vocalist/songwriter Turi Clausell delving into the realm of funk, neo-soul, and R&B) and Ghosts of a Golden Age (a collaboration with guitarist/songwriter Mason Hickman that dives into Jon's inherent indie-folk songwriter sensibilities combined with entrancing psychedelic production techniques.
Jon uses much of his time to compose concert music as well. “An Oasis in Winter” for string orchestra (2013) was debuted in Turner Hall at the Blair School of Music in the spring of 2014, programmed with a few of his other works, including the premiere of his “Pastorale (for M.S.)” for solo piano. He is currently at work composing his first piano concerto. Other notable pieces of Jon's are his “Retrospective" (2011) for Cello and Piano, which he also orchestrated (2012) and "Episodes" for solo cello (2012), which was premiered by the fantastic cellist and longtime collaborator Alex Krew in October of 2012.
In addition to his composition and songwriting, Jon is a very experienced classical and jazz pianist. For almost two decades, Jon has performed, toured, and competed everywhere from the United States to Spain, France, Scotland, Belgium and The Netherlands.
Jon O’Hara is affiliated with BMI as a composer and songwriter as well as a publisher (Sound Happens Publishing).