24 September 2007

Leroy Osmon Composer

Although born May 27, 1948 in Washington, Indiana, Leroy Osmon grew up and 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. Although Leroy Osmon continued to teach band in the Texas Public School System (retiring after 30 years) and teach an occasional class at the University of Houston, he now composes full time (with over 100 works - 30 published) and teaches part time at the Bach School of Music and the University of Yucatan in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

New Brass Music
Concerto No. 2 for Tuba, Winds and Percussion, by Leroy Osmon is now in print with RBC Publications of San Antonio, Texas. This work was commissioned by and is dedicated to, Dave Kirk of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. It is scored for orchestra winds and percussion. The first performance was by Dave Kirk in May of 2006.

Other works for tuba by Leroy Osmon:
The Kesten Suite for Flute and Tuba ­ RBC.
Elegy for Tuba and Small Orchestra ­ RBC.
Frescos de Bonampak (Octet No. 2) for Tuba Ensemble ­ RBC.
Concert Etudes for Solo Tuba, Vol. I ­ SMC.
Concert Etudes for Solo Tuba, Vol. II ­ SMC.
Additional brass works: A Rocky Headland Amid Wild Winds ­ RBC.
Brass Choir Introduction and Allegro for Brass Quintet ­ RBC.
Prelude: A Dream I Had ­ SMC. Brass Sextet.
Sonatina for Trumpet and Viola ­ RBC.
Concerto for Turmpet, Winds and Percussion ­ RBC [in preperation]

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