Douglas Osmun is a composer of both acoustic and electronic music, and whose acoustic works are often informed by electroacoustic theories and techniques. He is deeply concerned with elements of sound embodiment, spatialization, and perception. In consideration of these components, he approaches the sound ideas at every level in his pieces as spatial objects to be sculpted and arranged. More recently, he has been experimenting with methods of dissecting musical form in a way that not only allows for interesting emergent structures, but also for greater performer agency over the material. His goal is to create musical works that open new channels of communication between the performer and listener through highly detailed and captivating sonic environments.
Osmun was the recipient of the 2014 Ron Nelson Composition Award for Restful Music and the 2016 Sinquefield Composition Prize. His music has been heard at the BGSU Graduate Conference in Music, the SEAMUS National Conference, the SCI Inc. National Conference, NYCEMF, and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. He has also recently written works for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and SPLICE Ensemble. Osmun holds degrees from Western Michigan University (B.M. in Music Composition) where he was named a Beulah and Harold McKee Scholar, and the University of Missouri (M.M. in Composition). Former private teachers of his include Lisa Renée Coons, Christopher Biggs, Stefan Freund, and Carolina Heredia.