Determined to make music his life, Josh began piano lessons at the age of seven and soon learned he had a gift for both performing and composing music with strong melodic direction and universal appeal. Winning numerous local and state competitions, he received his Piano Performance Degree from Texas State University in 2008. While an undergraduate at the university, Josh received first prize in the Concerto Competition and was named Most Outstanding Pianist at the university. At age 15, he began composing music in response to his grandmother undergoing successful cancer treatment and has since written, arranged, and produced four CDs of instrumental piano music, donating proceeds from two projects to the Cancer Therapy Research Center of San Antonio.
Josh’s upcoming fifth CD, Hymns Reimagined, highlights Josh as a pianist, arranger, and composer, as he has reestablished and rearranged classic hymns and modern worship songs of today’s church for solo piano.
In May of 2016, Josh earned his graduate degree in Composition from Texas State University. As a graduate student, his mixed chamber octet piece, Dawning of Hope, was chosen by The Alzheimer’s Association of San Antonio to be performed at their 15th annual Candlelight Ceremony. Dawning of Hope portrays the symptoms and eventual cure to the Alzheimer’s disease and was written to honor his late grandfather, Alejandro Cavazos. His composition, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, “Transformation,” was selected by the Texas State University Orchestra to be read and recorded in the fall of 2015. In addition, he was commissioned by Texas State University to compose Big and Bright, a commencement piece for brass and timpani, which was performed for all eight graduation ceremonies in the spring of 2016 and continues to be a feature in both spring and winter commencement ceremonies. Josh is inspired as a composer by large scale ideas and causes that are most dear to him, including his Christian faith, family, and several global relief efforts, such as cancer therapy and Alzheimer’s research.
Josh currently serves as Music Director and Church Pianist at Alamo City Christian Fellowship where he regularly plays for two contemporary services, arranges charts for the contemporary band, and leads rehearsals. Furthermore, Josh enjoys teaching music, possessing eight years of private piano lessons experience and four years of full time public school teaching. In the Spring of 2017, Josh joined San Antonio College as an adjunct instructor of music. Josh resides in San Antonio with his wife Allison, daughter Claire, son Jonah, and dog Sammy.