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Name: Leroy Osmon
Skills: Composer, Teacher (Composer)
Phone: +52 9-944-1695
Address: Calle 20 No. 487X47 Col. Sol Campestre, Merida, Yucatan 97000, Mexico
Links: E-mail
Although born May 27, 1948 in Washington, Indiana, Leroy Osmon lived for 44 years in Texas. His early education was in the Texas Public School System, studying clarinet and alto saxophone in a school band. With no formal musical training in composition he entered Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas to study composition with Paul Holmes and orchestration with Charles Wiley. After completing his degree Osmon taught band in East Texas. He went on to complete his Master of Music at Sam Houston State University in composition (studying with Fisher Tull) conducting (Gary Sousa) and musicology (James Marks). While working on his DMA at the University of Houston, Osmon studied composition with Michael Horvit and conducting with Eddie Green. Osmon continues to receive commissions for all music genres, has received the ASCAP Standard Music Award for Composition eight times and the Medallion La Ville De Contrexeville (Contrexeville, France) twice. His works have been performed at every major music conference in the United States. His Symphony for Winds and Percussion was presented at the WASBE conference in Manchester, England. His music has been performed throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, Israel, and Mexico. Most recent published works for band are Christmas in the Netherlands, David's Lyre and March 104 . Chamber works include Music for Five Winds, Suite for Solo Cello, Modinha: For Debra, in May (solo cello) and Yiskor for Mezzo Soprano and Soprano Saxophone. The most recent work for chorus is Singing to the Heavens. Osmon is at this time exclusively published by RBC Music of San Antonio, Texas, however, he has works with TRN, SMC and Peer-Southern of New York. The most recent CD is The Music of Leroy Osmon Vol. II (University of Houston, Eddie Green Conductor - Mark Custon Recording Service). All program notes for the University of Houston CD series (Eddie Green Conductor) are compiled by Osmon. From the first Grainger CD (an internationally acclaimed three volume series of the band works of Percy Grainger), he has worked with Mr. Green on every project. The University of Houston 1998 CD, The Planets, received several Grammy nominations (including program notes). To be released in the near future is a book on the band music of Percy Grainger - Program Guide for the Band Works of Percy Grainger (RBC Music Publishing). Presently, he is working on several commissions, including another Ballet, a Concerto for Tuba, chamber (Romance for Violin and Small Orchestra and Trio for Alto Flute, Viola and Harp) and a new band composition commissioned for Blinn College in Texas, The Midnight Culmination of Sirius. Leroy Osmon formally retired in May 2000, but continues to compose (with over 100 works - 30 published) and teach at the Bach School of Music in Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico where he lives with his wife, Dr. Cay Smith Osmon, and their cats, "Missy, Meow-Meow, and Baby."



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