Kenneth T. Kosche is Professor of Music emeritus of Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon, WI) where he directed the Concordia Chorale (chapel choir) and Kammerchor (touring choir), served as director of the parish music program, and taught conducting, choral literature, and composing/arranging to undergrads and graduate students in the Masters in Church Music degree program. A native Chicagoan, Kosche earned his B.S. in Music Education and M. S. degrees at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and D.M.A. in Choral Music from the University of Washington (Seattle). A teacher for forty years, he taught first in public schools in Illinois before moving to Seattle for doctoral study. After a year teaching at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, he accepted his position at CUW in 1978. His colleagues at CUW honored him with the Faculty Laureate in 1999. He retired in 2009.
A parish musician at heart, Kosche has held minister of music positions in Illinois, Washington, and Wisconsin, serving various combinations as organist, choral director, and worship planner. In retirement, he serves Trinity Lutheran Church in Billings, Montana as organist and volunteer in other musical capacities, including at Trinity’s elementary school.
From 1979 through 1988 he directed the Lutheran A Cappella Choir of Milwaukee, relinquishing that role to devote more time to a then-growing family. His wife Rosemary (nee Harjes) and he are parents of adult church workers, Thomas (Lutheran school teacher in Billings, MT) and Anne (deaconess serving international students attending CMU in Mt. Pleasant, MI).