David M. Kozamchak

Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Chamber Ensembles

Faculty member since 2003

Director of Orchestra and String Studies at University of Northwestern since 2003, David Kozamchak remains active as a violinist, violist, and orchestral conductor.  In addition to conducting the University of Northwestern Orchestra, he teaches violin and viola, string education courses, coaches chamber ensembles, coordinates the string area, and conducts music theater productions.  He also maintains a private violin and viola studio through Northwestern’s Academy of Music.  He earned his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University.  Kozamchak studied conducting with Edward Dolbashian at the University of Missouri-Columbia and also with Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School.


Under David Kozamchak’s direction, the University of Northwestern Orchestra released its first CD entitled Orchestral Showcase in the spring of 2011.  In February of 2009 the University of Northwestern Orchestra was invited to perform at the MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic (MMEA Convention) as a featured performing ensemble.  Kozamchak made his international conducting debut in May of 2007 when he conducted the University of Northwestern Orchestra in Padua, Italy as part of the XVII International Music Meeting as well as in a performance in Haydn Hall in Vienna.  In the fall of 2006 Kozamchak guest conducted the Saint Paul Civic Symphony.  Before moving to Minnesota, he served as the assistant conductor for the Columbia (Missouri) Civic Orchestra during the 2002–03 season.  He was a member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and numerous other orchestras in the West Texas area.  For six years, he was the full-time orchestra director at Trinity Church in Lubbock and a sought-after music director and conductor for musicals.  As a chamber musician, he was the founder, manager, and first violinist of Opus IV String Quartet.  More recently, he has become increasingly in demand as a guest conductor and clinician for area school music festivals.


Kozamchak is a member of the American String Teachers Association, College Orchestra Directors Association, the Conductors Guild, the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association, and the National Association for Music Education.


B. Mus. (Texas Tech University);
M.M. (University of Missouri-Columbia).


Office Location: Totino Fine Arts Center 2324
Phone: 651-631-5590
E-mail: dkozamchak@unwsp.edu