David Kosmyna, a native of Toledo, Ohio, teaches trumpet, theory, composition, and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Ohio Northern University. Prior to ONU, Kosmyna served on the faculty of the State University of New York at Fredonia and during the summers taught trumpet, chamber brass, and composition at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Toledo, a Master of Music in Composition from Ohio University (Athens) and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying under Bernard Sanchez, John Schlabach, and Alan Seibert, respectively. Dr. Kosmyna served as principal trumpet of, and performed as soloist with, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra as well as performing as guest soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 2012. He has performed with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony, the Slee Sinfonietta (Buffalo, NY), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, including a recording with the Pops on the TELARC label and broadcasts on National Public Radio. Dr. Kosmyna is a Centaur Records Performing Artist on PITY PAID: Music of Jeffrey Stadelman with the Slee Sinfonietta in 2009 and SHREDS: 21st Century Music for Trumpet and Percussion to be released in 2014. Dr. Kosmyna is also active as a composer and arranger published by BVD Press and Pasticcio Music. His works have been performed by brass ensembles throughout the country including a recent performance by New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet in Fukui, Japan.
Dr. Kosmyna has recorded extensively in both classical and jazz styles and in 2003 was awarded Best Traditional Classic Jazz Album by the Canadian Collector’s Congress for his work with the Climax Jazz Band of Toronto, Canada. As a specialist in New Orleans style jazz, Kosmyna has toured throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and recently performed in Japan with the famous New Orleans Rascals of Osaka in 2012. He has also been a repeat guest soloist, performer, and lecturer at the Toronto Jazz Festival. Kosmyna’s 2007 performance at the Toronto Jazz Festival was also broadcast on BBC Radio 2. His latest releases with the New Orleans Party Asylum have received critical acclaim from Jazz Times, JazzCorner, and All About Jazz. Dr. Kosmyna is also highly committed to music education in the schools and frequently serves as clinician/conductor on trumpet, brass playing, jazz, and wind band throughout Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Mid-West including guest conductor of the 2013 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (NY) Honor Band. In addition, Kosmyna is actively involved with the International Trumpet Guild, having served at the coordinator for the 2008 ITG Solo Competition held in Banff, Alberta, performed at the 2010 ITG Conference in Sydney, Australia, and hosted the 2011 Ohio ITG Conference at Ohio Northern University. Dr. Kosmyna served as editor for the employment column of the ITG website from 2007-2012.