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Thomas D. Brosh

Thomas D. Brosh was born August 25, 1946 in Montrose, Colorado. His undergraduate and graduate studies in theory and composition were at the University of Kansas, University of Colorado-Boulder, Banff School of Fine Arts (Alberta, Canada), University of Denver and Catholic University of America. His composition teachers were Philip Batstone, Cecil Effinger, Normand Lockwood and Steven Strunk. A specialist in electronic music, he studied synthesizer technique with Philip Batstone at the University of Colorado-Boulder and Will Gay Bottje and Alan Oldfield at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

From 1972-1980, he was an Assistant Professor of theory and composition at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He retired from the Community College of Aurora (Aurora, Colorado) in 2001, after serving for twenty-one years as Music Department Chair, Professor of Music (theory, composition, songwriting, piano and appreciation), then Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences. He also taught theory at the Metropolitan State College of Denver and theory and orchestration at the University of Denver.

His wide variety of acoustic and electronic compositions has been performed throughout the United States at college and university new music concerts sponsored by the American Society of University Composers/Society of Composers, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, North American Saxophone Alliance and Southeastern Composers’ League. Ensembles that have performed his music include the Campus Middle School Chamber Orchestra (Greenwood Village, Colorado), Catholic University Wind Symphony, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Community College of Aurora Choir, THE TRIO (University of Louisville saxophone ensemble), University of Denver Woodwind Quintet, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Brass, New Music and Wind Ensembles and Webster University New Music Ensemble. Abroad, his music for saxophone was performed in France and Germany.

He has received commissions from the Community College of Aurora, the University of Denver and the Colorado Wind Ensemble. He has written incidental music for three theatre productions, plus music by special request for violist Ann Woodward (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), pianist David Genova (University of Denver), guitarist Thomas E. Noonan (Community College of Aurora) and saxophonist Harry R. Gee (Indiana State University). His music has been broadcast on radio and television in Colorado, New York and North Carolina. He was published by Shawnee Press and Manuscript Publications, and is featured in The Composer (1975-76), is cited in Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary (1976) and is the “Composer of Note” in Living Music (1988).

He has been an adjudicator for student composition competitions and has conducted composition master classes. His composition students have received numerous state, regional and national awards. He has served as a panel member at major music festivals. He has a number of published articles and reviews, and has written pre-publication reviews of music textbooks. He holds active membership in the American Music Center, College Music Society, Living Music Foundation and Music Teachers National Association.

Catalogues of his compositions have been placed at the Community College of Aurora Music Department and the Clifton L. Fowler Library at Colorado Christian University (Lakewood, Colorado). The American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder is the official repository of his complete archive of original compositions and related materials.

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