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Dr. David Kosmyna

Professor of Music
Trumpet, Theory, Composition, Jazz Band
Presser Hall 300
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810

David Kosmyna, a native of Toledo, Ohio, teaches trumpet, theory and composition and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Ohio Northern University. Prior to coming to ONU in 2006, 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 and a Doctor of Musical Arts in trumpet performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Kosmyna served as principal trumpet of, and performed as soloist with, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and performed as guest soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 2012. He has performed with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony, the Slee Sinfonietta (Buffalo, N.Y.), 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. 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 released in 2015. Kosmyna is prolific a composer and arranger, and his quintet arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean A Thing” has become a brass quintet staple by professional ensembles across the world, including the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet. His most recent commission was an arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” for the CCM Trumpet Ensemble’s opening concert at the 2015 International Trumpet Guild Conference.

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 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 and the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, La. 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 TimesJazzCorner and All About Jazz. 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 Midwest, including acting as guest conductor of the 2013 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (N.Y.) Honor Band. In addition, Kosmyna is actively involved with the International Trumpet Guild, having served as 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.

Department of Music

Patty Warner

Presser 202
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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