Mike D'Ambrosio



Mike D'Ambrosio

Mike D'Ambrosio

Professor, Department Chair
Theory & Composition


  • DMA, University of Cincinnati

  • MM, University of Cincinnati

  • BA, Lehigh University


  • Theory & Composition

  • Aural Skills


Mike D’Ambrosio’s music has been performed by the Muncie Symphony, Philadelphia Brass, Monarch Brass, Shepherd School Brass Choir (Rice University), Cincinnati Camerata, Indiana University Brass Choir, Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Wind Ensemble, CCM Brass Choir, University of South Carolina Concert Choir, Louisiana State University Schola Cantorum and by soloists and chamber musicians throughout the United States. His Wind on the Island won the 2018 REDNOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition (Chorus Category), the 2009 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Competition, the 2007 University of South Carolina Choral Composition Contest and was performed in June 2008 at the Cultural Prelude to the Olympics at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Its predecessor In You The Earth, also a Pablo Neruda setting, won the 2006 Arant Choral Composition Prize (University of Georgia) and has received several performances in the United States and Italy.

Recent commissions include Celeste Johnson Frehner (Professor of Oboe at UMKC), the Luther College Trumpet Ensemble, Murray State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Kentucky Center's Governor School for the Arts Faculty Quintet,and Larry Wyatt (Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina). In 2003 Mike wrote Milligan's Wake, a wind ensemble piece dedicated to and commissioned by Terence Milligan, Director of the Symphony Band at CCM, to celebrate his 25th year of service to that institution. Mike’s music is published by C. Alan Publications, Potenza Music, Dorn Publications and Triplo Press.

Mike D’Ambrosio is Professor of Theory and Composition at Murray State University and has been there since fall 2008. He has held previous teaching positions at Jacksonville State University (AL), Oklahoma State University, University of Dayton and Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He received his D.M.A. and M.M. degrees in music composition from CCM where he studied with Joel Hoffman and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (now at Eastman). Originally from Long Island, New York, Mike did his undergraduate work at Lehigh University where he double-majored in music and accounting.

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