Cooper Ottum, composer
Cooper Ottum (b. 1990) is a composer from Beaverton, Oregon. Captured by music as a practice and an art form as a high school student, he began writing music as a way to understand the perspectives of different musicians that were, then, his teachers and colleagues. Cooper's current compositional goal is to strive to capture emotional subtlety, and to approach music as a distinctly human art form.
As a student at the University of Southern California, Cooper studied composition with Donald Crockett, Frank Ticheli, and Stephen Hartke, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition degree in 2012. At USC, Cooper was honored with the Composition Department Award (2012) and with the Peter David Faith Endowed Award in Composition (2012). Cooper now studies composition at the University of Missouri - Kansas City with James Mobberley, Zhou Long, and Paul Rudy.
Cooper's concert music has been performed throughout the west coast and his music for motion picture has been heard accompanying short films at various festivals throughout the United States. In addition, his work for marching band has been heard throughout Oregon and Washington performed for competition in the Northwest Marching Band Circuit.
Cooper has worked with Hillsboro Parks and Recreation, the Century High School Marching Band, and the Liberty High School Marching Band to make compositions and arrangements that enrich youth music education programs. His work for marching ensembles is available for viewing at Music for Use.