Jim Kosnik

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Dr. James W. Kosnik is a University Professor of Music. He joined the faculty at Old Dominion in 1982 and served as chairman of the music department for two terms from 1986 to 1992. Prior to his appointment at Old Dominion, Kosnik served as chairman of the music department at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, New York and as Director of Music at St. Joseph's Cathedral, also in Buffalo.

Kosnik received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied organ with Professor Russell Saunders. He is a recipient of the prestigious Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School.

In 1988, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians appointed Kosnik to NPM's staff as program coordinator and clinician. He established NPM's first "School for Organists" in 1989 at Baldwin-Wallace College. Since then workshops have been held at Catholic University, Alverno College, Loyola University, Duquesne University, St. Olaf College, University of the Pacific, SUNY at Fredonia and most recently, Valparaiso University.

Kosnik is featured frequently as a recitalist at regional and national NPM conventions and in 1997, at the Region III Convention of the American Guild of Organists, which was held in Washington, DC. As a former member of the Liturgical Organists Consortium, Kosnik is a performer on their recordings of some of the most noteworthy of organ music.

Kosnik has recorded two additional organ CDs. "Ancient Song, Sacred Sound" was recorded on the 1994 Lively-Fulcher organ at St. Patrick's Church in Washington, DC. The recording also includes selections of chant performed by "Capella Nova", under the direction of Dr. Leo Nestor, Director of Music at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Kosnik's most recent recording, "The Organ Music of Cesar Franck" was also recorded at St. Patrick's and was produced by World Library Publications.

D.M.A. in Performance and Literature (Organ), University of Rochester, (1979)

M.A. in Music History, State University of New York at Buffalo, (1973)

B.A. in Piano & Organ Performance, State University of New York at Buffalo, (1971)


Music History, Organ


Kosnik, J. W. The Art of Organ Registration, Part II. AIM 28 (1) , pp. pp. 12- 13.
Kosnik, J. W. The Liturgical Pianist at the Organ. AIM 28 (2) , pp. pp. 14- 16.
Kosnik, J. W. The Organ With Other Instruments. AIM 28 (3) , pp. pp. 12- 14.
Kosnik, J. W. (2011). Chant-Inspired Organ Music. Pastoral Music 35 (2) , pp. 35-39.
Kosnik, J. W. (2010). CAGO Exam: Choral and Solo Repertoire. The American Organist 44 (2) , pp. 59-61.
Kosnik, J. W. and Brassard, R. (2005). “Manuals”: Organ Repertoire for the Easter Season, Organ Repertoire for Weddings, Organ Music for Advent & Christmas. Oregon Catholic Press.
Kosnik, J. W. and Brassard, R. (2004). “Manuals”: Organ Music for the Season of Lent, Organ Music for Ordinary Time, Organ Music for Advent & Christmas. Oregon Catholic Press.
Kosnik, J. W. (2000). Fall Reality Check: Making the Most of Your Practice Time. AIM Liturgy Magazine 29 (3) , pp. pp.24-26.
Kosnik, J. W. (2000). What I’ll Do On My Summer Vacation. AIM Liturgy Magazine 29 (2) , pp. pp. 24.
Kosnik, J. W. (2000). Practice Makes Perfect. AIM Liturgy Magazine 29 (1) , pp. pp.22-24.
Kosnik, J. W. (1998). The Art of Organ Registration. AIM 27 (3) , pp. pp. 12-14.
Kosnik, J. W. (1998). Aspects of Organ Pedagogy. AIM 27 (2) , pp. pp. 11 - 12.

Book Chapters

Kosnik, J. W. (2005). The Organist and Ensemble Music & Leadership in Book Project: "Liturgical Ensemble Basics" Oregon Catholic Press.
Kosnik, J. W. (2000). Contributing Author of "Worship Music: A Concise Dictionary" Worship Music: A Concise Dictionary The Liturgical Press.


Kosnik, J. W. (July , 1996). Organ Repertoire for the Church Year Regional Convention Stamford, Connecticut.
  • 2015: "Shining Star" Teaching/Mentor Award, Student Engagement and Enrollment Services (SEES), Old Dominion University
  • 2009: University Professor Award and Title, Outstanding Faculty Designation for Teaching, Old Dominion University
  • 2008: Robert L. Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Letters, Old Dominion University
  • 1999: The Golden Ear Award,
  • 1999: The Golden Ear Award for best recording "The Sacred Legacy of Paris" , "The Absolute Sound: The High End Journal of Audio and Music" Issue 121, December 1999/January 2000, page 91
  • 1998: Most Inspiring Faculty Award, College of Arts & Letters, Old Dominion University
  • 1976: Performer's Certificate, Eastman School of Music