Greg Kostraba

Content Director

Fifteen years at WBAA! Where has the time gone? I worked here as a Program Host/Producer from 1995 to 2001, hosting classical music, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the weekly 20th-century classical music series “The Kostraba Conundrum.” After a short stint as Program Director at a public radio station in Kansas, I moved with my family to Toledo to serve as Classical Music Director at WGTE-FM, staying for seven years. One of my highlights there was winning the 2007 Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for "Radio Producer of the Year" for my monthly in-studio performance program “Live From FM 91” and special programs celebrating the lives and music of composers William Grant Still and Samuel Adler. As much as I loved northwest Ohio, it was a joy to return home to Greater Lafayette in 2009 as Program Director (now Content Director) of this remarkable station: freshening our sound, developing the WBAA Arts Spotlight, hosting Afternoon Classics, and in general deepening our relationships with the arts community.

Aside from my family, my passion in life is playing the piano. I have master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and was a semifinalist at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004. You may have heard me on Performance Today playing In a Mist by Bix Beiderbecke from the New Harmony Music Festival & School or William Grant Still’s Kaintuck’ with the Toledo Symphony. Perhaps you have seen me as soloist with the Lafayette and Purdue Symphony Orchestras, or performing chamber music on the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society series. I have also been included on several recordings: the Toledo Clarinets premiere CD on the Cambria label, two recordings of music by Rick Sowash on the composer’s own label, and a release by my horn trio Quelque Chose on Kickshaw Records. (A record by the Sylvan Trio, my ensemble with flutist and Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona and cellist Josh Aerie, should be out by the end of the year.) My favorite gig, though, may have been playing on a weekly basis in the Rusty’s Jazz Café Big Band in Toledo with my late father, the bandleader Dan Terry, in the audience.

Ways to Connect

On Veteran's Day, Tuesday, November 11th, WBAA-FM will air a special program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the anniversary of the death of English poet Wilfred Owen. The show, hosted by WFIU Music Director Joe Goetz, features a dazzling performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem presented by Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music on November 4th. The program will also include reflections on World War I and its impact from IU President Michael McRobbie and various European ambassadors, as well as music from other World War I era composers.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently talked to the new Artistic Director of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony, José Valencia, about Sunday's WVYS concert, which takes place Sunday at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing arts in downtown Lafayette.

Greg Kostraba talks to Bill Griffel and Steve Schlenk of Purdue Musical Organizations about the history and mission of P-M-O, as well as next month’s Purdue Christmas Show.

The Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations present the first of a series of monthly Lafayette Symphony broadcasts Sunday afternoon at 3 on WBAA Classical. Lafayette guitarist Chaconne Klaverenga will be featured in a Guitar Concerto composed especially for her by Dutch composer Rene Schiffer. The program also includes two of the Nocturnes for orchestra by Claude Debussy and the Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. Join Jan Simon for the Lafayette Symphony broadcast on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently sat down with Margot Marlatt, Executive Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society to talk about the opening concert of the TCMS season, Sunday at 4 at St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Lafayette.

Greg Kostraba talks to Lafayette Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director Sara Mummey and Music Director Nick Palmer about the L-S-O’s activities this season, including concerts

and educational activities.

Jan Simon talks to Todd Wetzel, Director of Purdue Convocations about the organization’s mission and activities, including a preview of the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

Love great jazz? Soon, you‘ll be able to hear jazz on WBAA 24 hours a day! “WBAA Jazz” is a new channel that begins Monday. Tune in for your favorite hosts, Tony Mowad, Scott Hanley, Chuck Leavens and Don Seybold on 101.3 FM’s HD 2 channel. Listen online at WBAA dot org, or your iPhone, iPad or Android with our free mobile app, or with an HD radio receiver.

Greg Kostraba talks to Scott Freeman, Program Director of the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering about the organization’s mission and activities, including the festival, which takes place June 27-29 at the Tippecanoe Battlefield in Battle Ground.

David Glover leads the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony for his final concert with the orchestra, Sunday,May 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Long Center in downtown Lafayette. He recently joined WVYS Principal Hornist Barbara Bright-Read to talk about the concert with WBAA's Greg Kostraba.