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John Kosch

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John Kosch (b. 22 January 1994, Lincoln, Neb.) is an American composer and arranger.

A Lincoln native, Kosch received his bachelor's degree in music education from the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He graduated summa cum laude from the university honors program and was named a Chancellor's Scholar. His master's in composition was completed in 2021 from the University of Kansas.

His work as a composer and arranger reflects his diverse musical interests, exploring an array of media and styles ranging from music for jazz orchestra to art song, a cappella arrangements, marching band shows, and electronic music. He particularly enjoys writing music for school and community ensembles, combining his love of composition with his passion for education.

Kosch has won several awards for compositions in contrasting idioms, including: First place in the NAfME Young Composers Competition (SATB choir), a merit award from the Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition (percussion ensemble), an honorable mention from Austin Classical Guitar, a Student Downbeat Award (jazz orchestra), and a Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award (big band). His works have also been selected for performances at regional and national Society of Composers (SCI) conferences, as well as the Charlotte New Music Festival and the Cortona Sessions for New Music.

Kosch is also an active performer and educator. He has appeared with groups such as the Bobby Layne Orchestra, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Kearney Area Percussion Ensemble, Kearney Community Band, and Platte River Singers. He currently [2021] teaches 5-12 band in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Works for Winds


  • John Kosch, personal correspondence, November 2021
  • John Kosch website Accessed 20 November 2021