Jonathan’s business card reads: “Bald Technical Guy.” Perhaps the flip side should read: “Tall Creative Flutician.”
Jon Cohen was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1954. After passing through Palo Alto, California, and undergraduate school in Akron, Ohio, he settled in Maryland, where he received his PhD in electrical engineering.
Jon has worked for over 30 years as a researcher in information retrieval and visualization, optical and signal processing, and related fields. His resulting trophies include twelve patents and a bald head. He continues his dubious contributions to science at the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University.
The Montgomery Village Community Band boasts that Jon is one of its flutists. However, Jon’s speciality is playing contrabass flute (named Tiny) in Flutes on the Brink and Flute Cocktail, from which he draws far too much encouragement as a composer.
Confined to his house for several snow days in 2003, Jon began to write flute choir music, and has discovered a rewarding outlet for previously untapped creativity. His piece, Flutes and Vegetables, was a winner of the National Flute Association 2008 Newly Composed Music Competition.