Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet & Saxophone Instructor

Joseph Michael Tomasso

Joseph holds his Undergraduate Bachelor of Music Performance degrees in both Saxophone and Clarinet from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (2006). While at UIUC Joseph participated in the University Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Philharmonia Orchestra, Repertoire Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, Graduate Saxophone Quartet, and Black Ice Undergraduate Quartet. Awards include being the recipient of the W. Clyde Young Musicians Scholarship (2002-2006), Band Division Scholarship (2002-06), Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award (2005), and two-time State Finalist for the Illinois, MTNA Chamber Music Competition.

Joseph also obtained a Master of Music Performance degree in Multiple Woodwinds from the University of North Carolina Greensboro (2008) where he held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the music education department. While at UNCG Joseph participated in the University Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra Symphonic Band, Graduate Saxophone Quartet, and the Honors Woodwind Quintet. Joseph was also afforded the opportunity to act as a substitute member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (2008) as well as to win a substitute spot with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph is also finishing a second Graduate degree (Master of Music Performance in Oboe) from the University of Florida (Fall 2013). Joseph held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship where his principal duties were coaching Oboe, English horn, and Reed-Making to both majors and non-majors. Joseph held principal positions in both the UF Wind Symphony and University Orchestra, was the runner up of the Graduate concerto competition, and was often playing in a variety of chamber ensembles made of both undergraduate and graduate students.

Joseph has also remained an active freelance performer and instructor. He was the first American and first saxophonist to to win the at the International Padova Music Competition and only the second person in the history of the competition to win multiple divisions in the same year (Virtuoso and Citta Di Padova categories 2011). Joseph has also appeared as a soloist with the University of Florida Wind Symphony (2010) and a performer at a variety of North American Saxophone Alliance conferences. In 2012 Joseph appeared with the ONYX saxophone quartet as featured performers in the World Saxophone Congress held in St. Andrews Scotland. Joseph is currently affiliated with the Gainesville Orchestra, Ocala Symphony, and the Space Coast Symphony.