Dr. Anthony J. Costa is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Penn State University and a member of The Pennsylvania Quintet.
Dedicated to his role as artist-teacher, Costa comes to Penn State having taught clarinet and music courses at Otterbein College, Ashland University and the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio. For two years he was a collaborative artist with Chamber Music America’s “Rural Residency Program” working with communities in Mississippi County, Arkansas as a performer and music educator.
In demand as an orchestral clarinetist, Costa has served as utility clarinetist/bass clarinetist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Opera Orchestra since 1999 and is an associate musician with the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster (OH) Festival Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra and the Wheeling (WVA) Symphony Orchestra.
Committed to mentoring young clarinetists, Costa’s students have participated in such esteemed festivals as Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Brevard Summer Music Festival and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. His students have been finalists in the International Clarinet Association’s High School Competition, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition and have performed as members of the Columbus and Cleveland Youth Orchestras.
Dr. Costa attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and received a bachelor of music degree in music education and clarinet performance. He received his master of music degree in clarinet performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his doctorate of musical arts degree from The Ohio State University. His teachers have included Carmine Campione, Anthony Gigliotti, Ronald Auffman and James Pyne.