When Josh began playing clarinet in 5th grade, he told his teacher that he was going to be the best clarinetist ever. Since then, he has been Principal Clarinet of the Colorado All-State Honor Band, earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, studying with Dr. Jeremy W. Reynolds, and is working on his Master's Degree in Clarinet Performance at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, studying with Professor Steve Cohen.
On his path to becoming the "best clarinetist ever" Josh has played Principal Clarinet with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Denver Young Artist Orchestra, and Lamont Wind Ensemble, along with playing section and auxiliary parts with those ensembles. Josh has performed in Master Classes for many prominent artists including: Jon Manasse, Joaquin Valdepenas, Charles Neidich, Romain Guyot, and David Shifrin. In 2016, Josh attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival and School where he studied with the Principal Clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Michael Rusinek. Having studied with many great teachers, Josh has a great understanding of how to play the clarinet and enjoys sharing that, by teaching students of all ages and levels, with the goal of helping them to become their personal best.
In addition to orchestral and solo playing, contemporary music is a huge passion for Josh. He is currently working with composer Sarah Perske on a commission for solo clarinet, and recently performed the world premiere of a piece commissioned from Ross Birdsall by his contemporary flute and clarinet duo named The Kaos Duet. He has been a member of the new music focused Nebula Ensemble since 2016, and has played several world premieres with them and two U.S. premieres on a special composers collaboration with Japanese Composer Noriyasu Tanaka.