David Osenberg

Partnership Manager, Music Director, Afternoon Host

David Osenberg is WWFM Partnership Manager, WWFM Music Director, Afternoon Host, and Host of award-winning Cadenza. 

The high point in David Osenberg’s broadcasting career came in 2014 when he was the recipient of the Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for Broadcasting for his weekly program, Cadenza.  David came to WWFM The Classical Network in 2004. In 2006 he began hosting his weekly Cadenza interview program. Since 2009 he has been at the forefront in making the station the most active classical music station in the USA to broadcast live concerts.  He currently serves as Music Director, Partnership Manager, Host of Cadenza, the unique Celebrating Our Musical Future (bringing listeners weekly concerts from the great music schools in the country) and afternoon drive time host.

David was born in Oak Park, IL. He decided to go into music while in High School. He completed a Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University in Composition and Theory. Primary compositions teachers were Dr. Richard Hillert, M. William Karlins and Anthony Payne.

He lived and studied in Europe in the early 1980s.  His career in the classical recording industry began at Rose Records in Chicago, then on to HMV in London, manager of the Tower Records Classical Annex in Philadelphia (Tower Records Small Store of the Year 1992), Product Manager for Naxos USA and Director of  Marketing positions at Qualiton Imports and Forte Distribution. He founded and ran his Classical Recordings Mailing service, ClassiQuest (written up in Billboard in 2002) for 8 years.

In the past he has taught music at the University of Delaware-Wilmington, served as Music Director at a church and founded and still leads The Straight Ahead Big Band.

He is the father of two - both fine musicians - and currently lives in Langhorne, PA.  A lifelong Chicago sports fans…he WAS a long suffering Chicago Cubs  fan…until this year!!

Ways to Connect

The first of two programs featuring new works from Curtis student composers captured over the span of three recitals given in December of 2017 and May and December of last year. This allows us to hear more than one work by each of the featured young composers. This program includes works by Viet Cuong, Andrew Moses, & Nick DiBerardino.
The second program in this series will air on June 3rd and featuring works by five female Curtis student composers.

American composer Joan Tower's  80th Birthday Celebration concerts

Selections from various recitals of solo instrumental and chamber music performances by Columbia University student musicians, many of whom are not graduating with music degrees, entering or pursuing a professional music career. Half the program will be devoted to a recital of these young musicians playing the music of Sergei Prokofiev but you'll also hear performances of music by Rachmaninov, Ravel, Mozart, Johann Strauss Jr., Jorg Widmann & Ian Clarke.

This program presents music from three different concerts and music from three centuries the 19th, 20th & 21st.  The esteemed Oberlin faculty member pianist Peter Takacs will play music of Schubert & Chopin, the Oberlin Sinfonietta will perform Igor Stravinsky’s Danses Concertantes and the Oberlin Orchestra led by Robert Spano will play Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Two recitals given by the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble led by Artistic Director composer David Ludwig from opposite ends of 2018, February and November and the main works performed were two songs cycles from opposite ends of the 2oth century both heard when premiered as the far reaches of the then musical avant-garde…we’ll hear performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with soloist mezzo soprano Kendra Broom and then baritone Johnathan Beyer is soloist in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies still stunning ‘Eight Songs for a Mad King’.

The Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir under the direction of Gabriel Crouch perform a concert as presented last December called ‘Out of the Deep: Russian Choral Music and the Basso Profundo and the guest artists were the three leading oktavists in the world: the British singer Adrian Peacock, Glenn Miller from the US and the Russian Vladimir Miller.

We welcome a new partner to the illustrious roster of conservatories, universities and colleges that make this program unique –one of the most respected music schools in the country The Eastman School of Music part of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. For this initial program we’ll be sampling from some recent recordings featuring the esteemed ensembles at Eastman.

The Peabody Chamber Orchestra will be led by legendary pianist guest conductor and teacher at Peabody for 60 years, Leon Fleisher in an all –Mozart program. The symphonies Nos 40 & 35 and the Concerto for Two Pianos with two of Mr. Fleisher’s students Tian Lu & Yury Shadrin as soloists.

We welcome a new partner to the illustrious roster of conservatories, universities and colleges that make this program unique – we mention how you get to hear young musicians from across the country and with this new addition that word ‘across’ is now taken literally was we welcome our first West Coast school the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. From this 100 year old plus institution this program features chamber works performed by Conservatory students and faculty in music of Bach, Bloch, Ravel, Dutilleux and Mozart.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra recorded last October, 2018 under the direction of Music Director maestro Kynan Johns perform music by Princeton based composer Sarah Kirkland Snider her ‘Something for the Dark’, also Danish-born Rutgers student Francesco Barfoed is the soloist in the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto  No. 1..and another number 1 finishes off the broadcast Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 in E Minor.

Music from the IAS- Hosts David Osenberg & current Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton composer David Lang. Concerts given on February 1 & 2, 2019.
Nicholas Phan, tenor & Myra Huang, piano perform Franz Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Müllerin.

The Classical Network in Concert this Friday (3/1 at 8 pm) presents another evening of Music from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, featuring tenor Nicholas Phan and pianist Myra Huang, who will perform Franz Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin.

IAS Artist-in-Residence, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, will co-host this concert broadcast with David Osenberg.

The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra performs music by Bard student Corey Chang, the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Peter Wiley as soloist and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. They are led by guest conductor and Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchetsra, Xian Zhang.

Steven Sametz, Artistic Director of The Princeton Singers, joins the roster of hosts of Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/24) surveying the rich tradition of British choral music. Sounds Choral can be heard at 2 pm.