Michael Hosford studied at Oberlin Conservatory with trombonist/composer Raymond Premru and at Aspen Music Festival with composer Charles Jones, later moving to New York to complete Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in trombone performance at the Juilliard School, studying with Per Brevig (Metropolitan Opera) and Michael Powell (American Brass Quintet) respectively.
In New York, Michael spent eleven years as a freelancer, performing with such world-class ensembles as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and for the Broadway productions of The King and I, 1776, Candide, Les Miserables, The Music Man, Parade, and The Lion King.
Mr. Hosford has been a member of the New Haven Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, and the Saturday Brass Quintet, and has held multiple one-year positions with the Jacksonville Symphony (Florida). Currently he is Principal Trombonist and Orchestra Librarian of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Assistant Principal Trombonist of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, and an active freelancer, performing with orchestras around the Southeast including the IRIS Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Savannah Philharmonic.
Alongside his performing career, Mr. Hosford has been composing and arranging music since his early teens. His works range from solo to symphonic, but he particularly enjoys writing music for odd little groups of instruments. His concert music has been performed at Lincoln Center and broadcast on WNCN radio in New York City, and his brass fanfares have been heard on Young People’s Concerts at the Colorado Music Festival and have inspired (or at least awakened) patrons on opening nights at the Sarasota Opera. One of his fanfares was recently selected and performed by Boston Brass as part of their “25 Fanfares Project.”
Mr. Hosford finds teaching a natural complement to performing. Instrumentally, he has served on the brass faculties of Charleston Southern University (South Carolina), the Academy of Music (Norfolk, VA), as a substitute trombone teacher in the Juilliard Pre-College Division, and has taught privately in every place he has lived. He is equally at home on trombone and euphonium. Academically, he has taught classes in the Ear Training Department at Juilliard as a recipient of a teaching fellowship and in Music Theory at the New York School for Strings.
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