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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 â€œPreludes for Pianoâ€ at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel on the Misenheimer campus.
A performance expected â€œto touch the imagination,â€ 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 â€œWelcome, All Wondersâ€ and â€œGenesis II.â€
Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. A comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, Pfeiffer is committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship. Visit Pfeiffer on www.facebook.com/pfeifferuniversity.