Music for Use

Music for Use

 Photo © 2013  Cara Strever

Photo © 2013 Cara Strever

Cooper Ottum, composer

Cooper Ottum (b. 1990) is a composer of concert music and an aspiring music educator with experience building community programs for young musicians. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition (2012) from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, and Frank Ticheli. At USC, he was recognized with the Composition Department Award and the Peter David Faith Endowed Award in Composition (both 2012). In 2015, Cooper earned a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Chen Yi, Paul Rudy, Zhou Long, and James Mobberley, and was recognized with multiple departmental composition awards. In April 2015, his orchestral work Single Point Perspective was read by the Kansas City Symphony.

Cooper has been commissioned to write works for chamber ensemble, short film, and to arrange and program music for competitive marching bands. His works have been performed at the University of Southern California, University of Oregon, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City Art Institute, and at various venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Cooper is dedicated to supporting strong musical communities for young people, and in that capacity he has worked with Hillsboro Parks and Recreation (Hillsboro, OR), Century High School (Hillsboro, OR), Liberty High School (Hillsboro, OR) and the Beaverton School District (Beaverton, OR). In Kansas City, under the mentorship of Dr. Mara Gibson, Cooper created and coordinated the Music for Use Project, which established commissioning relationships between collegiate composers and local youth music programs.

Cooper is currently pursuing work in the arts administration and community music fields of the greater Portland, OR area, where he works as a freelance composer, arranger, and music instructor. More information about Cooper is available at

Curriculum Vitae and List of Works

Download a Curriculum Vitae (PDF) — last updated 5/27/2015

List of Workslast updated 2/11/2015