Chris Ozley, Music Arranger
Chris Ozley has written and arranged numerous works across a broad spectrum of media and has gained the recognition of several national organizations for his thought-provoking pieces. His recent work Detour for wind ensemble was selected as a finalist for the 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Award. Society of Composers, Inc., has also acknowledged several of Chris' pieces with honorable mentions. His work for fixed media and video art Fragment(s) was recently performed at the 2016 SEAMUS Conference in Statesboro, Georgia. One of Chris' newest works Finster's Paradise was featured on Austin's 89.5 KMFA Classical Radio Station. Chris has collaborated with numerous luminary artists including virtuosic pianist and pedagogue Dr. Richard Masters (Virginia Tech) world-renowned saxophonist, Harvey Pittel and dynamic percussionists and educators Dr. Adam Groh (Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa) and Dr. Chris Lizak (LBJ High School, Austin, Texas). Recently, his work entitled In the City, was recorded by Los Angeles saxophonist, Dr. Andrew Harrison, for release as the album's title track. He has been commissioned by the Austin Saxophone Ensemble and will be featured on their upcoming album release later in 2016. In December of 2014, Chris' music was heard at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, and was performed by the illustrious Canyon Ridge Middle School Honor Band under the direction of Amy Allison. Coinciding with his Midwest premiere, Chris was featured in the December 2014 issue of The Instrumentalist—a national magazine for band and orchestra.
In addition to composing and arranging, Chris is an in-demand performer and educator. Chris has had the good fortune to work with several stunning band programs in Texas including the ensembles of Canyon Ridge Middle School and Four Points Middle School—both of whom have performed at the Midwest Clinic in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He has taught numerous percussion ensembles and marching organizations across the nation including Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps (whom he was a performing member with for four summers) and The Colts from Dubuque, Iowa. Chris also performs regularly with his laptop trio “Cmd+Q”—who was recently featured at the 2015 Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival hosted by Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In March of 2016, Chris travelled to Pakistan to play percussion with the international performing ensemble known as “Sangat.” While in Pakistan, he gave clinics to the students at the National Academy of Performing Arts located in Karachi, and he premiered a work which he co-composed with internationally-renowned sitarist, Nafees Ahmed, entitled Musica Senza Confini. He is published through FJH Music Company, Inc., and his own in-house publishing company. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.