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Former Pfeiffer music professor returns to perform "Preludes for Piano" Nov. 18
- Published on Monday, November 08, 2010 ( 12:00 am )
Composer, pianist and storyteller Dr. David Ott, a former professor of music at Pfeiffer University, will return to campus to perform his own collection of “Preludes for Piano” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel on the Misenheimer campus.
A performance expected “to touch the imagination,” the concert is open to the public and free of charge. Ott has composed a number of works that have been performed and recorded by some of the most notable orchestras in both the United States and Europe. An award-winning composer, he has been noted as one of the most prominent composers of the post-World War II era.
Known as one of America’s esteemed composers, the Michigan native began playing piano at 6 years-old. Later, he began playing clarinet and trombone. As a young pianist, he accompanied his school choir and played for church activities. It was at this time he decided to become a music educator.
As the first person in his family to attend college, Ott enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. He continued his education at Indiana University, where he received his Masters in Music in Piano Performance. He earned a doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky, where he studied theory and composition.
From there, Ott accepted a teaching position at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., from 1977-1978, where he taught piano, theory, and jazz-related studies. He received his doctoral degree in musical arts in 1982, at the end of his final year of teaching at Pfeiffer College. While at Pfeiffer from 1978-1982, Ott taught composition courses to music students. It was at this time he heard his original works being performed, including his first commissions “Welcome, All Wonders” and “Genesis II.”
For additional information on Dr. Ott’s visit or his recital, contact Dr. David Palmer, chair of the Department of Music at Pfeiffer, at (704) 463-3142 or
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