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Michael D. Blostein

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Michael D. Blostein is a well-respected tubist, educator,conductor, and composer in the Capital District/Albany area. His compositions have been performed in many area venues, including local schools, various colleges, community performances, and solo artists. He is an active educator in the Averill Park School District, maintains a private low brass studio, and is an active tuba and bass trombone player.


Mr. Blostein has been working actively as a professional musician through composition, arranging, conducting, education, performance, and working as a copyist since 1996. With degrees in music education and composition, experience in a multitude of styles and genres, and a reputation for high quality work and results, he has worked with musicians from all walks of life and at all levels.


Mr. Blostein has a wide range of experiences. He has taught and/or performed in Arizona, Vermont, Massachusetts, and throughout New York State. His education includes a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he studied tuba with Peter Popeil and composition with David Heinick, Andrew Simpson, and Arthur Frackenpohl; and a Master's degree in Composition from the University of Arizona, where he studied composition with Dan Asia, counterpoint with Pamela Decker, tuba with Hank Feldman and Cherry Beauregard, and conducting with Gregg Hanson. Further studies have been undertaken at Villanova University (through the University of the Arts), as well as The Juilliard School. He has been included as a contributing writer in the All-Music Guide, as well as inthe All-Music Guide to Classical Music, both of which are available  at your favorite bookseller.

Currently, he is an active performer with the Georgie wonders Orchestra, Brass-O-Mania, Capital Brass and the Dominant Five Brass Quintet, as well as an active freelance performer. Additionally, Mr. Blostein retains an active private studio. Students have performed in various All-County, Suburban Council, Area All-State, Conference All-State and All-Eastern conferences, as well as been accepted to various college and university programs, including the Crane School of Music, Schenectady County Community College, Harvard University, Hartwick, Nazareth and University of Mississippi, amongst others.

You may also view his Curriculum Vitae.