Salt Lake Symphony Guest Artist
John Costa received his DMA from The University of Michigan (1994) where he has been a recipient of the Regents Fellowship, The Christine Rinaldo Memorial Scholarship, and The Eugene & Sayde Power Fellowship In The Performing Arts. His teachers have included Fred Lerdahl, Michael Daugherty, George Balch Wilson, William Albright, Eugene Kurtz, and William Bolcom. He has been a Fellow at The Composers Conference at Wellesley College, The Festival at Sandpoint, The Tanglewood Music Center, and The Charles Ives Center for American Music. He is the winner of the 1990 Georges Enesco International Competition and was a recipient of the Charles E. Ives Scholarship given by The American Academy of Arts & Letters. He was also a finalist in the Sigwald Thorson International Orchestral Competition sponsored by the Fargo Moorehead Symphony. His orchestral works have been performed by the Utah Symphony, the Utah Youth Symphony, The Memphis Symphony, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and at The Spoleto Festival by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. His chamber works have seen numerous performances throughout the US.