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.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently talked to the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's Artistic Director José Valencia, and two soloists from the orchestra, about Sunday's WVYS Concerto Competition Winners concert, which takes place Sunday at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing arts in downtown Lafayette.

The Lafayette Chamber Singers will present their annual Afternoon Delight concert Sunday, February 8th at 3 p.m. at Duncan Hall, 619 Ferry Street in Downtown Lafayette, with sweets, poetry and music of love on the program. Artistic Director Clayton Lein talks with Greg Kostraba about the program.

The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents four of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerts Sunday afternoon at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Lafayette. WBAA’s Greg Kostraba recently sat down with the group’s Executive Director Margot Marlatt to talk about the concert.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

WBAA’s Greg Kostraba talks to Marion "Mo" Trout, Director of Jazz Studies at Purdue University, about the jazz program at Purdue. They also preview the upcoming Purdue Jazz Festival.

The Lafayette Chamber Singers will present their Holiday Noel Concert Sunday, December 14th at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, West Lafayette.  Artistic Director Clayton Lein talks with Greg Kostraba about the program

This Thursday, November 27th, tune into WBAA to accompany your Thanksgiving Day activities.

From 8 to 10 a.m. on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM, join John Birge for Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude. This year, we remember Maya Angelou, Garrison Keillor reads a poem, and Nikki Giovanni recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college!

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently sat down with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra to talk about the orchestra's "Shaken, Not Stirred" concert, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Lafayette.

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.