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Natsumi Osborn (b.1999) is a Japanese-American composer currently studying music composition at Oberlin Conservatory under Stephen Hartke. She has produced a wide variety of works, ranging from chamber and orchestra pieces, choral works, and music for dance.


In past years, Natsumi's work has been performed at multiple venues throughout the USA and Canada, including at various universities, Society of Composers Inc. National and Regional conferences, and multiple streams on Houston Public Media Classical radio. She has also produced a ballet in collaboration with the Houston Ballet Academy, and has had pieces performed by ensembles such as the Awea Duo, 5th Wave Collective in Chicago, and the Cleveland Chamber Choir. Natsumi’s compositions have been recognized and honored by the American Composer’s Forum NextNotes Awards, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Awards, Cleveland Composer’s Guild, Carson Thomas Miller Texas Emerging Composers Competition, and WCSMS Promising Young Composers Competition. She is also a recipient of the Flint Initiatives Grant, which enabled her to spend three-weeks at the Arts Letters & Numbers residency in Albany, NY; there, she co-composed the suite Impressions of House and Home with the KOI composer collective.

Recently, Natsumi’s piece for soprano and orchestra The Sleeping Earth was premiered by the Phlox Orchestra at Oberlin, led by Nan Washburn. She is currently the Dunn Composer-in-Residence at the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, where her work A Brief Encounter in the Fantastic Wild will be performed by NOYO in late March (postponed to 2021). Also in March, LEGACY., a commission by the Cleveland Chamber Choir for their 2019-2020 season, will be premiered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings in 1970. This coming May, Natsumi's orchestra work Lineage Traces will be performed by the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra in May 2020 (postponed to 2021), and her commission from Oberlin's Contemporary Music Ensemble will be premiered in the spring of 2021.  

Natsumi has also studied with Elizabeth Ogonek, Jesse Jones and Amy Beth Kirsten at Oberlin. She previously studied under Daniel Knaggs in Houston, TX. A senior at Oberlin Conservatory, she is additionally pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minors in History and East Asian Studies at Oberlin College.