Dr. Andrew Rozsa is Lecturer in Trombone at Illinois Wesleyan University and College of DuPage. This season, he joins the Illinois Philharmonic and the Quad City Symphony.
Rozsa returned to Illinois last year after six years in Montréal, Québec, Canada, where he earned a Doctor of Music degree from McGill University. While at McGill, he was a two-time Schulich Award winner, and a featured soloist with the McGill Trombone Ensemble. His doctoral research involved the study of metallurgical and design properties of trombones and their effects on the feel and sound of said instruments.
He has performed as a substitute with the Montréal Symphony, Madison Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Thunder Bay (Ontario) Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, Elgin Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Illinois Symphony, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Rockford Symphony, Elmhurst Symphony, Kenosha Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, and the Lira Ensemble. He has also been a member of the Ohio Light Opera orchestra and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.
An active educator, Andrew has served on the faculty of McGill University, McGill Conservatory, and numerous high schools in the suburban Chicago area, before assuming his current positions at IWU and COD.
As a composer, his works have been premiered by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Albuquerque City Schools’ string program, among others.
Dr. Rozsa also holds a Performers’ Certificate from DePaul University and a Masters degree in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music; he completed his Bachelors degree in composition and theory at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. His major trombone teachers were Doug Bennett, Allen Kofsky, Thomas Klaber, Charles Vernon, Mark Fisher, Floyd Cooley, James Box, and Pierre Beaudry. He studied composition with Dan Adams, James Feldman, and Loris Chobanian. He was also a participant at the 2011 Alessi Seminar, working directly with Joe Alessi.
In his (rare) spare time, Andy enjoys working on his French, computer programming, cycling, electronics design/repair, and homebrewing. He currently lives in Elgin with his wife, Anne-Marie (a clarinetist and organist), and their three-year old son, Simon.