Joseph holds his Undergraduate Bachelor of Music Performance degrees in both Saxophone and Clarinet from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (2006). Primary saxophone instructors include Professor Debra Richtmeyer and interim Professor Dr. Nathan Naab. His primary clarinet instructors include Dr. Sarah E. Burk, Katrina R. Phillips, and Dr. J. David Harris. Primary Flute instructors include Jill Burlingame and Dr. Jennifer Gartley. While at UIUC Joseph participated in the University Wind Symphony (saxophone), Symphonic Band (clarinet), Philharmonia Orchestra (saxophone), Repertoire Orchestra (clarinet), New Music Ensemble (saxophone), Graduate Saxophone Quartet (Tenor saxophone) and Black Ice Undergraduate Quartet (Soprano Saxophone). Awards include being the recipient of the W. Clyde Young Musicians Scholarship (2002-2006), Band Division Scholarship (2002-06), Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award (2005), and two-time State Finalist for the Illinois, MTNA Chamber Music Competition.

Joseph also obtained a Master of Music Performance degree in Multiple Woodwinds (Saxophone Emphasis) from the University of North Carolina Greensboro (2008) where he held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the music education department. Primary Instructors include M. Ashley Barret (oboe), Dr. Steven Stusek (saxophone), Dr. Susan Fancher (saxophone), Dr. Michael Burns (Bassoon), Dr. Deborah Egkevist (flute, chamber music) and Dr. Sean Copeland (clarinet). While at UNCG Joseph participated in the University Wind Ensemble (solo Eb clarinet), University Orchestra (clarinet, oboe, English horn), Symphonic Band (oboe, English horn), Graduate Saxophone Quartet (tenor saxophone), and the Honors Woodwind Quintet (oboe). Joseph was also afforded the opportunity to act as a substitute member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (2008) on both oboe and English horn, as well as to win a substitute spot with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra (saxophone / clarinet).

Joseph is currently finishing a second Graduate degree (Master of Music Performance in Oboe) from the University of Florida (Fall 2013) where he studied Oboe and English horn with Dr. Leslie Odom. Joseph held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship where his principal duties were teaching Oboe, English horn, and reed-making to both majors and non-majors. Joseph held principal positions in both the UF Wind Symphony and University Orchestra as well as playing in a variety of chamber ensembles made of both undergraduate and graduate students

Since his graduation Joseph has remained an active freelance performer and instructor in the North-Central Florida area where he maintains a large studio of oboe, saxophone, clarinet, flute and bassoon students. He was the first American and first saxophonist to to win the at the International Padova Music Competition and only the second person in the history of the competition to win multiple divisions in the same year (Virtuoso and Citta Di Padova categories 2011). Joseph has also appeared as a soloist with the University of Florida Wind Symphony (2010) and a performer at a variety of North American Saxophone Alliance conferences. In 2012 Joseph appeared with the ONYX saxophone quartet as featured performers in the World Saxophone Congress held in St. Andrews Scotland. Joseph is currently affiliated with the Gainesville Orchestra (2nd clarinet, saxophone), Ocala Symphony (auxiliary oboe), and the Space Coast Symphony (auxiliary oboe). To see current performance and other events please check out the calendar section!

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Welcome to josephmtomasso.com

Welcome to josephmtomasso.com, home of woodwind specialist and private lesson teacher Joseph Michael Tomasso. I am a woodwind doubler (multiple woodwind specialist) that holds Bachelor of Music performance degrees in both Classical Saxophone and Clarinet, as well as a Master of Music in Multiple Woodwind Performance (Saxophone Emphasis) and a second Master of Music Performance in Oboe.

In addition to my performance degrees, I have also studied flute and bassoon for over ten years. If you’re interested in hearing me play, information about taking lessons, requesting performances and remote recording, or purchasing professional quality handmade oboe reeds you’re in the right place! I also sell used instruments!