J. Andrés Ballesteros joined the Boston Arts Academy community in 2014. He graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a B.A. in Music, a secondary in Government, and a citation in Modern Standard Arabic. As a composer, he has won several awards and competitions, including the John Green Prize and the RED NOTE Music Festival Composition Competition. He has scored for a variety of ensembles and media, including for ensembles at BAA and short films directed by BAA students. He remains engaged in his community as an artist and volunteer, with particular focuses on the environment, gender equality, LGBT rights, and cross-cultural understanding.