Josh Garstka

Josh Garstka can’t remember a time when he couldn’t read music. Though he was singing and playing handbells at church from a young age, Josh remembers begging his parents to rent a violin in fifth grade. He had to promise he wouldn’t change his mind—and fifteen years later, he’s proud to be the President of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.


Those church choirs from childhood turned into voice studies and performing in theatre at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He moved up to Boston in 2008 for graduate studies in publishing and writing at Emerson College. Since receiving his degree, he’s worked in textbook publishing at Pearson Learning Solutions.


Since he joined the CSO, Josh has been fortunate to lead the violins for several concerts, and has sat on the Board of Directors for the past two years. With his orchestra commitments, singing these days is largely confined to karaoke nights. He will take requests.