Joseph Bozich has been called “quite musical and effective” (Classical Voice North Carolina), and brings experience with both symphonic and operatic repertoire to his craft. The 2018 season sees him assisting the Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s productions of La Boheme Warhola and Arabella. In 2017, he assisted and covered for Ken-David Masur with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton, MA. That summer, he served as a conducting fellow at Eastern and Miami Music Festivals, the latter assisting Bradley Moore on their production of The Cunning Little Vixen. He has been invited to the Cadaques and JMI Bucharest Conducting Competitions, and appeared in masterclasses with the Richmond Symphony (with Gerard Schwarz) and Berlin Sinfonietta (with Kenneth Kiesler). He holds a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan, where he studied with renowned conductor and pedagogue Kenneth Kiesler.
To see Bozich's recent and upcoming concert engagements, please visit the events page.
Bozich's recent highlights as a composer include the selection his new work Babel for saxophone quartet as the winner of the Donald Sinta Quartet’s 2014 Commissioning Competition. The group premiered the piece in November 2014 in Carnegie Hall as part of their 2013 Concert Artists Guild competition winner’s recital, and feature the work on their 2017 debut album, Collider. Spring 2016 saw the new music ensemble Latitude 49 tour New York, Chicago, and the Mid-west with his work Labyrinths, featured on their program by the same name. Other commissioners include the Departure Duo, Admiral Launch Duo, Octava Chamber Orchestra, and University of Puget Sound Wind Ensembles. He was the recipient of three summer research grants for composition from the University of Puget Sound, where he studied composition under Dr. Robert Hutchinson. In summer of 2012, he participated in the composition program at Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, where his teachers were Robert Aldridge and David Dzubay. While at the University of Michigan he studied with composer and conductor Bright Sheng.
To listen to audio samples and view perusal scores, please visit the compositions page.
In addition to his work as a conductor and composer, Bozich is also an acclaimed classical saxophonist. He was the winner of the 2010 Beatrice Herrmann Young Artist Solo Competition and was twice a national finalist in the MTNA Young Artist solo competition (2011/2013). In March of 2012 he appeared with the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble as a winner of the University of Puget Sound Concerto/Aria Competition, playing David Maslanka's Concerto for Alto Saxophone. While a member of the Puget Sound Saxophone Quartet, the group took 3rd Place at the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition and won first prize in the Seattle Ladies' Musical Club Chamber Music Competition in 2012. As part of their residency with the Ladies' Musical Club, the group also performed on Northwest Focus Live on Classical King-FM, and has been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today. He has performed in master classes for artists including Eugene Rousseau, John Sampen, Timothy McAllister, Joe Lulloff, Jonathan Helton, and the PRISM Saxophone Quartet. His past teachers were Donald Sinta, professor of saxophone at the University of Michigan, and Fred Winkler, affiliate artist of Saxophone at the University of Puget Sound and Western Washington University.