Mike D’Ambrosio is 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.
Recent commissions include the Luther College Trumpet Ensemble; Celeste Johnson Frehner (University of Missouri-Kansas City); the Murray State University Wind Ensemble, Horn Choir, and Trombone Choir; East Wind Quintet (faculty ensemble, Lehigh University), and Larry Wyatt (Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina). Mike’s music has been performed by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Brass, Monarch Brass, Shepherd School Brass Choir (Rice University), Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Indiana University Brass Choir, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Wind Ensemble, and by soloists and chamber musicians throughout the United States. His Wind on the Island won the 2018 REDNOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition (choral division), the 2009 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Competition, and 2007 University of South Carolina Choral Composition Contest. It was also performed in June 2008 at the Cultural Prelude to the Olympics at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Mike’s music is published with C. Alan Publications, Potenza Music, Triplo Press, Dorn Publications, and Faust Music.