Josh Garstka

Josh Garstka is a past president and board member emeritus for the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. He has played as a violinist, occasional concertmaster, and annual sing-along leader with the orchestra since 2008, and he continues his work with the orchestra through development and grant-writing.
Josh can’t remember a time when he couldn’t read music. Though he was singing and playing handbells at church from a young age, he remembers begging his parents to rent a violin in fifth grade. He had to promise he wouldn’t change his mind—and now, many years later, he’s proud to have found a home of incredibly talented musicians at the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.
Those church choirs from childhood turned into voice studies and acting performances at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He moved to Boston for graduate school at Emerson College, and joined the CSO shortly after he arrived. By day, he works as a Contracts Manager at the technology learning company O’Reilly Media.