Paul Osterfield is a composer and Professor of Music and Middle Tennessee State University. His compositions have received performances both internationally and throughout the United States.  Osterfield has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and has won Middle Tennessee State University’s Outstanding Creative Arts Faculty Award, an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and awards from BMI, ASCAP, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Osterfield’s works are available on the Albany, Equilibrium, Ravello, and Navona labels. Of Osterfield’s orchestral work Monadnock, Audiophile Audition’s critic Daniel Coombs writes: “Osterfield has a very colorful and sensual style of orchestrating that would remind some of that of his teachers….This is really a dramatic and impressive work.”

In this interview Paul discusses the role of inspiration and choosing higher ed as a career for composers.


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