Mike D’Ambrosio is Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at Murray State University in Kentucky and has been there since fall 2008. He has held previous teaching positions at Jacksonville State University (AL), Oklahoma State University, University of Dayton, and Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He received his D.M.A. and M.M. degrees in music composition from CCM where he studied with Joel Hoffman and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (now at Eastman). Originally from Long Island, New York, Mike did his undergraduate work at Lehigh University where he double-majored in music and accounting.
Mike’s music has been performed by the Philadelphia Brass, Monarch Brass, Shepherd School Brass Choir (Rice University), Cincinnati Camerata, Indiana University Brass Choir, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Wind Ensemble, CCM Brass Choir, University of South Carolina Concert Choir, Louisiana State University Schola Cantorum, and by soloists and chamber musicians throughout the United States. His Wind on the Island won both the 2009 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Competition and 2007 University of South Carolina Choral Composition Contest and was performed in June 2008 at the Cultural Prelude to the Olympics at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Its predecessor In You the Earth, also a Pablo Neruda setting, won the 2006 Arant Choral Composition Prize (University of Georgia) and has received several performances in the United States and Italy.
Recent commissions include the Luther College Trumpet Ensemble, Celeste Johnson Frehner (Professor of Oboe at University of Missouri at Kansas City), the Murray State University Wind Ensemble, Kentucky Center’s Governor School for the Arts Faculty Quintet, and Larry Wyatt (Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina). Mike’s music is published with C. Alan Publications, Potenza Music, Triplo Press, and Dorn Publications.