Location: Arizona, USA
Born in New York City in 1948, Jay Vosk earned his BM degree in Composition from the Eastman School of Music and his MM degree in Composition at the University of Michigan. His principal teachers include Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Ross Lee Finney and Leslie Bassett. Since 1980, Jay has resided in Tucson, Arizona where he has been a part-time performer/educator as well as composer. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Tucson/ Pima Arts Council Composer’s Fellowship. His portfolio includes nearly 75 works for a variety of media. These include commissions from the Tucson Symphony, Contrabass virtuoso Bertram Turetzsky, Native American Flutist Carlos Nakai , the Arizona Repertory Singers and the Tucson Boys Chorus. He was chosen to write a commissioned chamber piece for members of the National Symphony Orchestra as part of their Composer Residency Commissioning Project. His published works include The Falling Star for Women’s Choir, For Openers for brass quintet and Showdown! for tuba and piano. His works recorded on CD include Notturno for soprano saxophone and piano, Songs of Creation, for native flute and piano and Thaw for alto saxophone. He has also written several collaborative pieces with artists of other disciplines. These include music for dance, theater and video. Jay has taught courses on Jewish Music at the University of Arizona and Music Appreciation at Pima Community College. He is also one of the founding members of the Klezmopolitans, Arizona’s premiere Klezmer band. In addition, Mr. Vosk is an accomplished Jazz and Classical saxophonist and flutist.
MP3 Sound Samples: Rise up , My Love for SSA, Violin and Piano
The Grass so little has to do ( Emily Dickinson) SATB a cappella
There Came a Wind Like a Bugle ( Emily Dickinson) SATB and Brass Quintet