Kimberly Osberg

Composer and Interdisciplinary Arts Collaborator

Kimberly Osberg is an emerging composer from Eau Claire, Wisconsin who recently completed her M.M. degree from the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where she studied with Dr. David Dzubay, Dr. Claude Baker, Dr. Aaron Travers, Dr. Don Freund, and Dr. Jeffrey Hass. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

As an undergrad at Luther College (Decorah, IA – Dr. Brooke Joyce), she secured her first professional commission from the Exponential Ensemble (New York City – Pascal Archer); her work with the ensemble was so inspiring, the ensemble began an annual young composers initiative with Fordham University students. During this time her collaborative work was awarded with a Benson research grant from Luther College, allowing her to travel to New York City as well as the National Conference for Undergraduate Research with her work with Afro-Cuban and African instruments. She also served as a composer-in-residence for Grace Lutheran in Decorah, Iowa (2013-2014), and enjoyed an active performing career as percussionist, harpist, and conductor. 

In addition to her studies, Kimberly has also attended several premiere music festivals, including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (2010), the New York Summer Music Festival (2011), the Atlantic Music Festival (2012), the Rocky Ridge Music Center (2013), the Brevard Summer Music Festival (2014), and IRCAM's ManiFeste (2015). This past summer (2017), she attended the Aspen Music Festival as a composition fellow under the direction of Christopher Theofinidis and Stephen Hartke.

Kimberly is also an active clinician, giving lectures throughout the Midwest on her music and the collaborative process. Her most recent talks have featured an hour-and-a-half lecture for graduate students studying electronic music at Indiana University exploring the challenges faced in her work on Macbeth, a lecture for undergraduate acting students on the issues of sound design for live shows, as well as a week-long clinic with students of the Northstar Middle School band program (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) on interpreting aleatory, contemporary music, and extended techniques.

She is currently serving as director for the Libera Composers Association consortium, for which she will facilitate the premieres of seven new works for high school bands and high school choirs across the country in conjunction with lectures, lessons, and clinics. Kimberly's compositional output this season has already included a new play (Prospect Hill) as composer and sound designer, as well as commissions for solo marimba, bass voice and string quartet, a brass fanfare which accompanied the entrance of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a chamber ensemble work for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE). Still to come this season: a commission for mixed ensemble and cymbal solo, various solo commissions, and the completion of The Ex-Files, a theatrical work for narrator and drumset.


PC: Ábel Esbenshade

Since arriving in Bloomington in the fall of 2014, Kimberly has premiered an opera (Thump – New Voices Opera Company), collaborative works for film and for dance, countless chamber pieces, and a new work for grade 3 concert band. She also completed a year of service as the Vice-President for the Jacobs School of Music Student Composers' Association, for which she organized collaborations between student composers and other artistic fields.

Kimberly has also enjoyed an active career in electroacoustic music, and just spent the summer of 2015 studying at IRCAM – the premiere center for electroacoustic music – in Paris, France, where her work, The Drunk Yard (for electronically-processed trash), was premiered. She also undertook an ambitious 2'30'00" sound design project for the sold-out performances of Indiana University Department of Theatre, Dance, and Drama's production of Macbeth​, which featured completely original electroacoustic music in 12-channel surround sound. Her newest electroacoustic composition, Trashterpieces, premiered in December 2016. The work was a collaboration between Kimberly, fight choreographer Connor Blankenship, and students of the IU percussion department.

PC: Amy Osajima