2007 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Andrew Joseph Koslosky
Founder, The Josephine Foundation
In June 2002, Andrew Joseph Koslosky founded The Josephine Foundation in memory of his mother.
A strong advocate of local sports and arts organizations, the young widowed mother impressed upon Koslosky and his brother the importance of pursuing their dreams. She believed that on the playing field and on the stage, all were equal, and all could follow their dreams regardless of race, color, creed or financial status. Koslosky listened. Today’s he’s an accomplished singer, musician, director and composer who has been performing in concerts and musical theater productions throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than 25 years. He is also the founder and CEO of JABEN USA, a production company that partners with church, community and school groups to provide opportunities for budding artists of all ages. Koslosky’s Josephine Foundation provides scholarships to individuals and grants to programs in the Arts and Sports. “We encourage young people and provide opportunities for all people to go after their dreams without hesitation,” says Koslosky.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Koslosky attended St. Malachy’s School and the Thomas Edison High School. He went on to pursue undergraduate work at CUNY and advanced courses at The Brooklyn Academy of Music and St. John’s University.
His appearances as a featured tenor soloist span the globe and include such venues as St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington, The St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, The St. Jude Shrine in Baltimore, Md. and New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Koslosky was also the featured soloist in the internationally televised concert “The Music Of Christmas” with the Noel Chorale, under the direction of the late maestro Richard Noel Amend. Koslosky’s own CD, Thy Will Be Done contains many of his original works and arrangements. He and his singing group, Voices That Blend, will be featured on Telecare’s nationally syndicated program Good News with Father Jim throughout April. His professional musical theater credits include featured roles in Showboat, Oklahoma, Godspell, The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber, to name a few. His CD, Zeus does Broadway, which is filled with Broadway showstoppers, is dedicated to the people of New Orleans. Profits from all of Koslosky’s CDs are donated to his foundation.
A passionate advocate on behalf of nonprofit organizations, Koslosky has lent his talents to raising funds for the American Cancer Society, National Leukemia Society, Society for Battered Women and Children and Juvenile Diabetes Association, among many others.