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Josh Cessna

Josh Cessna

Location

Tampa, Brandon, Valrico, Riverview, St. Petersburg, Seminole Heights, Temple Terrace

Instruments

Piano and voice lessons

Background

Josh is native to the Tampa Bay area and has been playing piano since the age of 9. He has since performed extensively around Tampa and Miami, and has participated in multiple international summer music festivals, including the Miami Music Festival (2015, 2016, 2017) and the inaugural season of the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival (2019) where he worked with critically acclaimed musicians from around the world. 

Started Music Career

After graduation from the University of Tampa in 2016, Josh relocated to Miami to study privately with his coach, Caren Levine, and began his freelancing career. During his time in Miami, he accompanied students at the University of Miami, Florida International University, Barry University, and New World School of the Arts. He also played keyboard in the pit for musicals, and served as rehearsal pianist for multiple opera productions and musicals. In 2017, Josh took a brief hiatus from freelancing to focus on his graduate studies.

After graduating from the Lynn Conservatory in 2019, Josh moved back to Tampa and resumed his career and now works as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampa, Staff Pianist for St. Pete College, Choral Accompanist for Lumina Youth Choirs, and Organist for St. Clements Episcopal Church. 

Education

Josh holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Tampa and a Master of Music in Instrumental Collaborative Piano from the Lynn Conservatory of Music. 

Areas of Focus

Classical Technique, Performance Skills, Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Literacy, Practice Technique, Collaborative Arts

Performance

During his time at Lynn he gave the world premier of two works by esteemed composer Scott Wheeler, performed a recital with Grammy Award winning Latin Jazz flautist Nestor Torres, and served as principal keyboardist with the Lynn Philharmonia in a performance with five-time Grammy Award winning soprano Kathleen Battle. While principal keyboardist, he also performed as the featured organist for the Philharmonia’s performances of Camille Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3 “Organ” and Hector Berlioz’s Te Deum. Josh also collaborates with local musicians and is a regular performer with Classical Revolution.

Awards

FSCAA Winter Music Symposium Young Artist Competition Winner (2013)

UT Concerto Competition Winner (2014, 2015)

Marvin Hamlisch Scholarship Recipient (2014, 2015)