oberlin student Winner of 2019 contest

Natsumi Osborn wins Sixth Annual Composition Contest

The Cleveland Composers Guild is delighted to announce Natsumi Osborn as the winner of our Sixth Annual Collegiate Composition Contest for her piece Autumn Reflections for unaccompanied SATB chorus. 

Autumn Reflections will be performed as part of the Cleveland Composers Guild collaborative concert with the Cleveland Chamber Choir, The Personal Muse: Music of Cleveland Composers Guild and Women Composers on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30pm at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Hts., Ohio, and Sunday, May 19 at 3:00pm at First Congregational Church in Akron, Ohio. Tickets for both concerts are available at the door and in advance from clevelandchamberchoir.org. For further program information, please visit clevelandcomposers.com and clevelandchamberchoir.org 

About the composer
Natsumi Osborn (b.1999) is a Japanese-American composer currently studying music composition at Oberlin Conservatory under Stephen Hartke, Jesse Jones, and Elizabeth Ogonek. Her music has been performed throughout the USA and Canada and has received awards from the American Composer’s Forum NextNotes Awards, ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Awards, Carson Thomas Miller Texas Emerging Composers Competition, and the WCSMS 2017 Promising Young Composers Competition. She has also collaborated on projects with groups such as the Awea Duo and the Houston Ballet Academy.

Natsumi previously studied under Daniel Knaggs in Houston, TX. Alongside her musical studies, Natsumi is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Oberlin College.

About Autumn Reflections (notes from the composer)
"In an effort to understand the craftwork behind writing poetry, I reached out to a friend who shared some of her own experiences as a writer. One of her texts she referenced, “October Danger”, caught my attention because of the fascinating dichotomy the she creates between innocent desire and weakness. Through imagery of beautiful autumn scenery, the poem brings about several underlying concepts that are uncomfortable to face: realizing the ease with which we are distracted by desire, being conflicted between what we love and what is ultimately right, and losing ourselves while pursuing a romanticized reality. These hidden sentiments spoke to me strongly, and my personal understanding of the poem’s context drew me to set it to music."

Natsumi Osborn, Winner of the Cleveland Composers Guild Sixth Annual Collegiate Composition Contest

Natsumi Osborn, Winner of the Cleveland Composers Guild Sixth Annual Collegiate Composition Contest

Collegiate Composition Contest

The Sixth Annual Cleveland Composers Guild Collegiate Composition Contest is open to full-time undergraduates who are studying in any college, university, or conservatory in northeast Ohio. Those undergraduates do not need to major in music.


Please download and read the guidelines and entry form carefully.