LOUIS A. KOSMA
received his degree in music education with applied double bass
from Temple University. During the summers of 1967 and 1968,
he was a fellowship student at Tanglewood. After teaching for
the School District of Philadelphia, he moved to New Jersey and
taught in Belleville. From 1976 to 1989, he served as the orchestra
and musical show conductor at Holy Family Academy in Bayonne.
is presently a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He
teaches privately and is an adjunct double bass instructor at
New Jersey City University. While freelancing from 1976 to 1986,
other affiliations included principal bassist for the American
Ballet Theatre, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and acting
principal for the New Jersey Symphony. He was also a member of
the Chautauqua Symphony for 17 years. Lou continues to play radio
and television jingles and industrials.
organized and participated in chamber music concerts and recordings
with Music Amici and Alborada Latina. Further, he had donated
many services for the Chautauqua Hebrew Congregation and the
1987, 1990, and 1993 "Music For Life" concerts at Carnegie
Hall to benefit AIDS research. In March of 2002, the Virtu Foundation
honored Lou by naming its first double bass scholarship in his
Music Director and conductor of the Junior Orchestra of the Youth
Orchestras of Essex County and has guest conducted several district,
regional and all-state festival concerts in New Jersey, Connecticut,
New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Vermont.
Since 1995 he has conducted the adult and intermediate orchestras
for the New Jersey Summer String Conference at Rowan University
and served as Director of the Adult Division of that conference.
He guest conducted the Vermont Philharmonic in 1996 and 1999,
and was named Music Director of that orchestra in May of 1999.
Lou was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Thurnauer
Symphony Orchestra in Tenafly, New Jersey, in May of 2003. In
July of 2004 he conducted of the Festival Orchestra at Stokes
Forest Music Camp and Festival in Sussex County, NJ.
in Teaneck, New Jersey.