Natsumi Osborn (b.1999) is a Japanese-American composer currently studying music composition at Oberlin Conservatory under Stephen Hartke, Jesse Jones, and Elizabeth Ogonek. 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.
Current commissions include an orchestra piece for NOYO, where she is the 2019-2020 Dunn Composer-In-Residence, a work for mezzo-soprano and orchestra for the 2020 Oberlin Winter Term Orchestra (conducted by Nan Washburn), and a commission by the Cleveland Chamber Choir for their 2019-2020 season.
Natsumi previously studied under Daniel Knaggs in Houston, TX. A junior at Oberlin Conservatory, she is additionally pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minors in History and East Asian Studies at Oberlin College.