Michael Kozakis is an active percussionist in the Chicago area. He plays frequently with the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera orchestras as an extra percussionist. Michael held two one-year positions as a percussionist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from February 2005 through June 2007. Michael has also played with other groups including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, MusicNOW, Ars Viva, and TV and radio commercials. As a featured marimba concerto soloist, Michael has soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to performing and teaching at Carthage, Mr. Kozakis teaches privately in Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, double majoring in percussion performance and music education. He also received a master’s degree in performance from DePaul University.
- M.A. — Performance, DePaul University
- B.A. — Percussion Performance and Music Education, Eastman School of Music