Dr. Andrew Rozsa, Trombone
Dr. Andrew Rozsa is Adjunct Instructor of Trombone at Illinois Wesleyan University
and the College of DuPage, and currently serves as bass trombonist with the Illinois
Philharmonic and the Quad City Symphony.
Rozsa earned a Doctor of Music degree in 2015 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
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 Master’s
degree in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music; he completed his Bachelor’s
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.