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Frank J. Oteri at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003
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Frank J. Oteri

New York, NY         

Frank J. Oteri is the composer advocate at New Music USA and the editor of NewMusicBox, which has been online since May 1999. An outspoken crusader for new music and the breaking down of barriers between genres, Frank has written for numerous publications and has also been a frequent radio guest and pre-concert speaker. Frank is also the vice president of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and a board member of the International Association of Music Information Centers (IAMIC). Frank holds a B.A. and a M.A. (in Ethnomusicology) from Columbia University where he served as Classical Music Director and World Music Director for WKCR-FM.

Frank’s own musical compositions reconcile structural concepts from minimalism and serialism and frequently explore microtonality. His music has been performed in venues ranging from Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and the Theatre Royal in Bath, England to the Knitting Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and PONCHO Concert Hall in Seattle where John Cage first prepared a piano. Among his most widely performed compositions are: Imagined Overtures, a 36-tone rock band piece that has been performed around the country and is the centerpiece of a 2009 CD by the Los Angeles Electric 8; and Last Minute Tango which pianist Guy Livingston has toured around the world and paired with a short film by Thijs Schreuder on his DVD One Minute More. MACHUNAS, a performance oratorio inspired by the life of Fluxus-founder George Maciunas which Oteri created in collaboration with Lucio Pozzi, received its world premiere during the 2005 Christopher Summer Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania; that performance can be streamed in its entirety from the website of the Other Minds Video Archive. Among Oteri’s recent vocal works are: Love Games, a setting for girls chorus, harpsichord, and two tambourines of three poems by the Elizabethan sonneteer Mary Wroth, which was commissioned and premiered by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City under the direction of Francisco J. Núñez for their Radio Radiance series; (not) knowing the answer, a setting of six sijos by James R. Murphy for unaccompanied vocal ensemble in 13-limit just intonation; and Counting Time in Central City, a setting for unaccompanied SATB chorus of three poems by Charles Passy commissioned by Central City Chorus for their 35th anniversary season, which received its premiere performance in New York City in June 2016. Oteri’s Already Yesterday or Still Tomorrow (2020) received its world premiere on January 23, 2021 at 7:30pm CST in a performance by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Delta David Gier which was streamed for free live from Sioux Falls’ Washington Pavilion on the South Dakota Symphony’s Facebook page. Oteri’s most recent composition, EXIT STRATEGIES (2021), will be performed later this season by the Del Sol String Quartet.

In 2007, Oteri was the recipient of ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Award for his “distinguished service to American music as composer, journalist, editor, broadcaster, impresario, and advocate” and, in January 2018, he received the Composers Now Visionary Award. On February 23, 2021, he was featured on Composers Now’s IMPACT series. For more information, visit fjoteri.com.

Articles by Frank J. Oteri:

NewMusicBox March 3 2021 | By Frank J. Oteri
Judith Lang Zaimont: The Music She Has to Write

Judith Lang Zaimont is defiantly unwilling to be typecast for creating music in a particular style, which makes her music always a welcome surprise.

NewMusicBox January 27 2021 | By Frank J. Oteri
Kris Bowers: In Love With Accompaniment

Kris Bowers creates music that is attuned to whatever project he is working on--whether it’s the score for the 2018 motion picture Green Book, the 2019 EA Sports videogame Madden...

NewMusicBox January 19 2021 | By Frank J. Oteri
New Music Ushers In The Inauguration of the Next President and Vice President of the USA

Lots of new music will usher in a new American administration on January 20, 2021. Newly commissioned works by Kimberly Archer and Peter Boyer, classics by Aaron Copland, Julie Giroux,...

NewMusicBox December 16 2020 | By Frank J. Oteri
Julie Giroux: A Wind Band is a Box of 168 Crayons

Julie Giroux, who creates music primarily for wind band, takes musicians and audiences on a journey that is a real sonic adventure and, at the same time, is always fun.

NewMusicBox November 23 2020 | By Frank J. Oteri
Valerie Coleman: Writing Music for People

Valerie Coleman is committed to storytelling through her music, no matter the idiom. “I recognize that there are stories that are yet untold that if they were told, they would...

NewMusicBox June 15 2020 | By Frank J. Oteri
NewMusicBox LIVE: New Music Gathering

The concept for New Music Gathering was born in an online forum and now, in our time of physical distancing, it has been reimagined for virtual space.

NewMusicBox May 4 2020 | By Frank J. Oteri
Anthony Davis Wins 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Anthony Davis has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his opera The Central Park Five.

NewMusicBox May 1 2020 | By Frank J. Oteri
Third Coast Percussion: The Collaborative Process

David Skidmore, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and Sean Connors of Third Coast Percussion explain how they introduce audiences to percussion instruments, how they each came to devote their lives to...

NewMusicBox April 1 2020 | By Frank J. Oteri
Nathalie Joachim: Stepping Into My Own Identity

Nathalie Joachim’s exuberant, forward-looking attitude about music-making and her inspiring comments about how she came to follow her creative path still represent our collective future once we are able to...