Lou Kosma received his degree in music education with applied double bass from
Temple University. During the summers of 1967 and 1968, he was a fellowship student at Tanglewood.
Mr. Kosma performed with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra bass section from 1978 – 2014, serving as Acting Assistant Principal in the 2009 – 2010 and 2011 – 2012 seasons. Lou teaches privately and was adjunct double bass instructor at New Jersey City University for 29 years. While freelancing from 1976 to 1986, Lou assumed other affiliations for which he performed as Principal Bassist for the American Ballet Theatre, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, acting-principal for the New Jersey Symphony, and recently performing with the New York Philharmonic. He was also a member of the Chautauqua Symphony for 17 years and is currently a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center.
Lou is Music Director and conductor of the Junior Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Essex County and has guest conducted many district, regional and all-state festival concerts in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Vermont and Austria. From 1995 to 2004 he conducted the adult and intermediate orchestras for the New Jersey Summer String Conference at Rowan University, and served as Director of the Adult Division of the conference. Lou was appointed Music Director of the Vermont Philharmonic in May of 1999. He was Music Director and Conductor of the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra at the JCC in Tenafly, New Jersey, from 2003 to 2014. He has been affiliated with the Stokes Forest Music Camp and Festival from 2004 – 2017 and was appointed Artistic Director in 2006. Mr. Kosma has been Music Director of the New Jersey City University Orchestra since 2011.
In March of 2002, the Virtu Foundation honored Lou by naming its first double bass scholarship in his name and in February of 2014, Lou received the New Jersey Music Educators Distinguished
Service Award at the NJMEA Conference in New Brunswick, NJ.
Maestro Tramm serves as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor with the MidAtlantic Artistic Productions. Maestro Tramm is newly named Executive Director of the Light Opera of New Jersey, where he will lead a dynamic company that produces fully staged productions of both opera and musical theater repertoire.
He has also served as Music Director for an opera tour with performances in Florida, New Hampshire, West Virginia, New York, and South Carolina. He served as Artistic Director of the New Jersey State Opera from 2008 to 2012.
The busy maestro is entering his 14th season as Director of Music, in Residence, of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in the summer months, where he leads the choral, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the historic 6,500-seat Great Auditorium. In addition to the Ocean Grove Choir Festival, a beloved event in its 64th year and attended by thousands, he has appeared on two National Public Radio broadcasts with organ virtuoso Gordon Turk and symphonic orchestra. He also serves as Music Director of the Taghkanic Chorale (Yorktown Heights, NY). Maestro Tramm was also appointed as the Music Director/Conductor of the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Ensemble, where he collaborates with noted director/choreographer, Gabriel Chajnik.
An accomplished educator, he serves as Director of Choral Activities at Seton Hall University where he leads the University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, and teaches voice and conducting.
Mr. Tramm holds degrees in music from the Crane School, the Hartt School, and a DMA in Conducting from Rutgers University, where he was the recipient of their prestigious Presidential Fellowship.
A frequent guest conductor, he has led operatic and symphonic performances in Italy, Romania, Albania, and in Hungary. He was Guest Conductor at the Narnia Festival (Narni, Italy) during the 2017 season. The spring 2020 guest conducting season was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this Jason Tramm launched a podcast entitles, Music Matters with Jason Tramm.
SCOTT JACKSON WILEY
Conductor Scott Jackson Wiley, is the Interim Music Director of The Centre Symphony Orchestra and
in his 19th season as Music Director of the South Shore Symphony in Long Island. Under his leadership, the South Shore Symphony has grown exponentially and is now indisputably one of the finest orchestras in the region. Last summer Mr. Wiley was invited to conduct in the Fifth International Festival “Palermo Classica” in Palermo, Italy. The success led to an immediate invitation to return for this coming summer.
Mr. Wiley teaches conducting, Techniques of Music, and guitar in the Preparatory Division of the Mannes College The New School for Music. Many of his students have gone on to pursue conducting careers. A classical guitarist by training and a horn player from an early age, Mr. Wiley is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, French and Italian and is a serious student of the violin and the flamenco guitar.
Mr. Wiley studied conducting under Michael Charry at the Mannes College of Music, under Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, and with his father, the late Jackson Wiley. In addition, Wiley studied guitar at the Conservatory of Barcelona, Spain, where he won first prize honours. As guitarist, his principal influence has been the great Spanish master, Narciso Yepes.