John Kosch (ASCAP) is a composer based in Kearney, Nebraska. His work as a composer and arranger reflects his diverse musical interests, exploring an array of media and styles ranging from music for jazz orchestra to art song, a cappella arrangements, marching band shows, and electronic music. He particularly enjoys writing music for school and community ensembles, combining his love of composition with his passion for education. His works have garnered several honors, including a Student Downbeat Award, a Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, first place in the NAfME Young Composers Competition, and a merit award from the Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition. A Lincoln native, Kosch received his bachelor's degree in music education from the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He graduated summa cum laude from the university honors program and was named a Chancellor's Scholar.
Kosch is also an active performer and educator. He has appeared with groups such as the Bobby Layne Orchestra, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Kearney Area Percussion Ensemble, Kearney Community Band, and Platte River Singers. He currently instructs 4-12 instrumental music at Elm Creek Schools, where his bands have received several superior ratings.