Michael Hosford is from Woodbine, Maryland. He studied at Oberlin Conservatory with trombonist/composer Raymond Premru and at Aspen Music Festival with composer Charles Jones, and later moved to New York to complete Bachelors and Masters degrees in trombone performance at the Juilliard School.
Before moving to Jacksonville, he spent eleven years as a freelancer in New York, where he performed with such world-class ensembles as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and for the Broadway productions of The King and I, 1776, Candide, Les Miserables, The Music Man, Parade, and The Lion King.
Mr. Hosford has been a member of the New Haven Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, and the Saturday Brass Quintet, and he was the acting 2nd trombonist of the Jacksonville Symphony from November 2005 through December 2006.
Currently he is the principal trombonist and music librarian of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the assistant principal trombonist of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder and an active freelancer in the Southeast, performing with orchestras including the Charleston Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Savannah Philharmonic.
Alongside his performing career, he has been composing and arranging music since he was 13. His works range from solo to symphonic, but he enjoys writing odd little pieces for odd little groups of instruments. His concert music has been performed at Lincoln Center and broadcast on WNCN radio in New York City, and his brass fanfares have been heard on Young People’s Concerts at the Colorado Music Festival and have inspired (or at least awakened) patrons on opening nights at the Sarasota Opera. Locally his music has been performed on the San Marco Chamber Music Society series.