Oboe Artist Faculty
Tom Cosby is in his second year as oboe instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, having served as an adjunct faculty member at Dana College before coming to UNO. Tom has maintained a private oboe studio in the Omaha area since 1998, teaching beginning through adult oboe students. As a performer, Tom is an active oboist throughout the Omaha area, performing regularly with the Omaha Symphonic Winds and Orchestra Omaha. Tom has experience as an adjudicator and clinician, having adjudicated at several public school festivals and contests throughout the area. He has also taught at the Great Plains Music Camp and worked with young musicians in the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras.
Tom has also been a music teacher for the Omaha Public Schools for the past eleven years. He is currently in his ninth year as the assistant band director at Central High School where he works with the marching band, concert and symphonic bands, jazz band, and instrumental lesson classes. He also teaches beginning band and strings at Conestoga Magnet and Liberty Elementary Schools.
Tom was raised in the suburban Kansas City area and started taking piano and oboe lessons during elementary school. As he entered high school, he began studying with Susan Hicks Brashier at the University of Kansas. He then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied with Dr. William McMullen. Tom toured and performed throughout Europe and the United States with numerous ensembles while he was an undergraduate and participated in master classes with prominent oboists Cynthia Steljes and John Mack. Tom received a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000 and a Master’s of Education degree from Peru State College in 2008. He is a member of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA), the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association (NSBA), and a lifetime member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society.