Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway

Allen Kofsky

Lecturer in Trombone and Euphonium

At the Cleveland Institute of Music, Allen Kofsky studied with John Coffey, former Bass Trombonist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Meritt Dittert, former Principal Trombone with the Cleveland Orchestra.  In 1948 Mr. Kofsky was appointed Principal Trombone of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra; he remained until 1955. In 1955, upon leaving Kansas City, he played as the first call extra Trombonist, Euphonium, and Bass Trumpet player in the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and made the Cleveland Orchestra European Tour of six weeks as the Assistant First Trombonist.  In 1961, Mr. Kofsky was appointed to the full time position of Assistant Principal Trombone, Euphonium, and Bass Trumpet by George Szell.  In 1960 he was appointed lecturer in Trombone and Euphonium at BW and helped establish the BW faculty brass quintet.  In addition to his role as Assistant Principal Trombone, Mr. Kofsky was appointed Assistant Personnel Manager of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1975 and remained in that position through 1995.  In September of 2000 Mr. Kofsky retired from the Cleveland Orchestra after thirty-nine years of continuous service.


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