Mélanie Cosman is a passionate trumpet player and teacher who plays in a variety of musical styles, with special interest in new music, jazz, and brass chamber music. Originally from Moncton, New Brunswick, Cosman holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she studied under Dr. Alan Klaus. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Music in Literature and Performance degree at Western University, studying under Dr. Aaron Hodgson.
Currently, Cosman teaches piano and trumpet at the AK Arts Academy in London, ON. She was assistant coach for the brass section of the Newfoundland Youth Symphony Orchestra in their 2015-2016 season. For the past two summers, she taught private lessons and coached masterclasses at the Wind Master’s Workshop, funded by Symphony New Brunswick, and taught privately from her studio in Moncton, NB.
Cosman was a member of the National Youth Band of Canada in 2013 and 2014. She was also a recipient of the Outstanding Senior Instrumentalist award at the New Brunswick Competitive Music Festival in 2015, the Star of the Festival award at the Greater Moncton Music Festival in 2014, and won first place in the Senior Brass category of the New Brunswick Provincial Music Festival from 2012 to 2016.
Coming from a multi-instrumental family, Cosman wanted to learn to play all the instruments. She eventually settled for the trumpet, the horn, and the piano, in which she completed her grade 8 at L’école Préparatoire de Musique de L’Université de Moncton. In addition to music, Cosman enjoys yoga and knitting, and earned her black belt in Taekwondo.