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 (and continue to be) his teachers, colleagues, and friends. Through his compositional practice, Cooper strives to capture emotional subtlety, and to approach music as a distinctly human art form.
Cooper now studies composition at the University of Missouri - Kansas City with Chen Yi, and plans to graduate in May 2015 with a degree of Master of Music. Cooper recieved a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from University of Southern California in 2012. Previous instructors include Paul Rudy, Zhou Long, James Mobberley, Donald Crockett, Frank Ticheli, and Stephen Hartke. At USC, Cooper was honored with the Composition Department Award (2012) and with the Peter David Faith Endowed Award in Composition (2012).
Cooper's concert music has been performed throughout United States and his music for motion picture has been heard accompanying short films at various festivals. 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.
In fall 2014, Cooper launched the pilot season of the Music for Use Project, an effort to create new commissioning relationships between collegiate student composers and youth music ensembles. The first group of commissions to come out of the Music for Use Project will be premiered in spring 2015.