Dr. Paul Osterfield
Professor, Music Composition & Theory
Composer Paul Osterfield was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1973. Spending his forma¬tive years in Northeast Ohio, he composed and performed as a cellist throughout middle school and high school, in addition to studying violin, piano and conducting. His early efforts as a composer were recognized in 1990, when the United States Copyright Office and the Library of Congress awarded Osterfield first prize in their Young Creators' Contest. The following year, that winning work was performed by the Cleveland Orchestra on their Family Key Concert Series.
Since then, Osterfield's compositions have continued to receive performances both internationally by the University of Nebraska Kearney Trio and throughout the United States by the Blakemore Trio, the Stones River Chamber Players, neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, and the wind ensembles at the University of Georgia, Arkansas State University, and Middle Tennessee State University. He has recently composed solo works for violinist Michael Jorgensen, bassoonist Maya Stone, saxophonists Jason Kush and Ed Orgill, flutists Lisa A. Jelle and Deanna R. Little, pianists Caleb Harris and Lynn Rice-See, tenor Stephen Smith, and percussionist Stuart Gerber. Osterfield has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and has won Middle Tennessee State University's Outstanding Creative Arts Faculty Award, an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and awards from BMI, ASCAP, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Osterfield's works are available on Albany Records, Capstone Records and the Equilibrium label.
Also maintaining an active career as an educator, Osterfield is Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Middle Tennessee State University. He has given composition seminars and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the southern United States. Having earned degrees from Cornell University (D.M.A.), Indiana University (M.M.), and the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M.), his primary composition teachers have been Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Eugene O'Brien, Frederick Fox, and Donald Erb. More information about Osterfield can be found at www.paulosterfield.com.