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Northwest Missouri State University

Joseph Tomasso

Joseph Tomasso



111 Fine Arts


660.562.1346 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2017

Assistant Professor


  • Doctor of Musical Arts; University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (ABD)
  • Master of Music; University of Florida
  • Master of Music; University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • Bachelor of Music; University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Music Theory
  • The Enjoyment of Music
  • Woodwind Methods
  • Applied Oboe
  • Applied Clarinet
  • Applied Saxophone
  • Applied Bassoon

Academic Interests

  • Reedmaking
  • Woodwind Pedagogy
  • Hindustani Music
  • Japanese Classical Music (Gagaku)

Scholarly Activity


  • World Saxophone Congress
  • North American Saxophone Alliance
  • World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles

Other Professional Experiences

Prior to Northwest Missouri State, Mr. Tomasso served as a graduate teaching assistant in music education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of Cincinnati, and as a visiting lecturer of Saxophone at the University of Florida. He has performed with the Greensboro Symphony, Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Space Coast Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In addition Mr. Tomasso was the first american to win the International Padova Music Competition (2011) and the first saxophonist to win multiple categories.