Mike D'Ambrosio

Mike D'Ambrosio
Associate Professor of Music
Telephone: 270.809.3142
Office:  Price Doyle Fine Arts  544

Mike D’Ambrosio’s music has been performed by the 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 both the 2009 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Competition and 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.  Mike has also received ASCAPLUS Awards for the past six years and has music published with C. Alan Publications, Potenza Music, Dorn Publications, and Triplo Press.



Recent commissions include the Luther College Trumpet Ensemble, Murray State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Kentucky Center's Governor School for the Arts Faculty Quintet, Celeste Johnson (Professor of Oboe at Oklahoma State University), 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.  The previous year, Mike was commissioned by the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall to write a fanfare to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the downtown Cincinnati landmark. In June 2000, his Out From Under was performed by the Monarch Brass as part of the International Women's Brass Conference and was subsequently included on the group's CD. In addition, Mike's Sonata for Alto Sax and Piano is included in Anthony Balester's "Outstanding Contemporary Saxophone Works and Recordings."


Mike D'Ambrosio has been Assistant Professor of Music at Murray State University in western Kentucky since Fall 2008. He teaches courses related to music theory and composition, and is the coordinator of the theory area. 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.