Jon O’Hara (BMI) is a composer, producer, songwriter, and pianist 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 been hired as a composer, writer of additional music, and orchestrator for a variety of films, tv shows, and documentaries, including Law & Order: SVU, Albion: The Enchanted Stallion, 93 Days, The Black Prince, Inside the FBI: NY, as well as a variety of short films, including Atomic, Raymond, Goliath 22, Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux, and many more.
O’Hara’s original music has been featured in TV shows such as Homeland (Showtime), NCIS (CBS), Bojack Horseman (Netflix), The Strain (FX), GRIMM (NBC), The Finder (FOX), and Crash (Starz). Additionally, some of Jon's music has appeared in major sporting events, such as the Rio Summer Olympics of 2016 and NFL Football. O'Hara recently co-founded a music licensing company New Oak Media with the accomplished music supervisor Kevin Edelman.
Jon also devotes much of his time to producing records and songwriting. Currently, Jon is at work producing singles/albums for Johnny Balik, Saint Sinner, Phil McClain, Swayyvo, Elijah Daxx, Eternal Wizdom, Johnny Smathers, LVNDR, and TonyB.
Jon also has composed a variety of concert music “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 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).