As a lecturer John Nygro has spoken on a number of subjects from classical theater and opera to medieval and Renaissance music to film and television. His lectures have been heard at Northwestern University, University of Maryland, several Lyric Opera of Chicago Chapters as well as on classical radio stations and National Public Radio.
He has taught seminars at the Newberry Library in Exploring Medieval Music, Renaissance Musical Theater, Music Inspired by Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses, Six Shakespeare Heroines, Shakespeare’s Hollow Crown and Shakespeare’s Hamlet as well as Louis XIV: The Arts and the Glory of France as well as an eight-week seminar in Baroque Opera. For the Jane Austen Society of North America, he has co-presented a talk entitled, “Divas of Jane Austen’s Day.”
For the Center for Life and Learning, where he is a regular instructor, he has taught many courses including What is Comedy?, Silent Film Dramas, Films About the Theater, Discovering Undiscovered Opera, Silent Film Goddesses, Medieval Tales on Film and Six British Television Comedies.
He has served as founder, musician, conductor and lecturer with The Harwood Early Music Ensemble, an ensemble that performed from 1980-1995. With Harwood he conducted, performed and narrated in more than 175 concerts, lecture demonstrations, radio broadcasts and recordings researching, programming, scoring, rehearsing and conducting more than fifteen hundred compositions covering musical styles from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque era.
As a harpsichordist and organist he has collaborated with various artists including Judith Nelson, Max van Egmond, Alan Fast, Kevin Mason and Mary Springfels. As a pianist he has toured England performing concerts at Saint Martin in the Fields, The London Musical Club and the nine-hundred year old Milton Abbey. The Chicago Sun-Times said, “Nygro is one of Chicago’s biggest early music success stories” and Chicago magazine named him “One of the Most Interesting People in Chicago.”