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John Osburn


John Osburn grew up in the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a minor in Education from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. During his time at TWU, he discovered his love for the improvisatory nature of dance accompaniment under the mentorship of Keith Fleming. From 2010-2011, Osburn underwent graduate training at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for which he received a Master of Arts degree in Sonic Arts. After his postgraduate training, he returned to Denton to play dance classes and facilitate weekly Improv Jams held by TWU and University of North Texas. The knowledge he gained in Ireland allowed him to expand his aural pallette, by including more electronic components, to accompany his percussive rhythms and chordal piano. Currently, Osburn resides in Ohio where he works as the Resident Musician for the Denison University Department of Dance, and is also a freelance composer for dance and music educator both in and out of the dance world. In 2012, Osburn acted as co-facilitator and music conductor for the Improv Jam housed at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference. Osburn has composed for numerous artists, including Jesse Zaritt, Olivier Tarpaga, Sandy Mathern-Smith, Big Rig Dance Collective, and Out on a Limb Dance Company.