Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Baritone
He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the National Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. As Clinical Professor of trombone at The Catholic University of America, he is trombonist in the CUA faculty brass quintet.
Dr. Cortazzo is a published composer and specializes in 21st century concert music. His pieces have been performed throughout the world to critical acclaim and is a sought after conductor of his own works. As an educator, he has a large private studio in Northern Virginia, sending many students to venerable institutions such as the Eastman School of Music , Northwestern University, the Cleveland Institute and the Julliard School.
Dr. Cortazzo holds degrees from West Chester University, DePaul University and a doctorate in composition from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Cortazzo is also Lecturer of Trombone at the Catholic University of America.