Lou Kosma – Music Director & Junior Symphony Conductor
Mr. 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.
Mr. Kosma 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.
He has 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 name.
He 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. He was also appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra in Tenafly, New Jersey, in May of 2003. He has been affiliated with the Stokes Forest Music.
Camp and Festival since 2004 and was appointed Artistic Director in 2006.
Mr. Kosma resides in Teaneck, New Jersey.