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Division of Music

Devin Otto, Assistant Professor of Music
Master of Music, Eastern Washington University; DMA (ABD), University of Colorado

Phone: (701) 858-3189
E-mail: devin.otto@minotstateu.edu

Devin Otto joins the MSU Faculty after having been selected from similarly large number of applicants from across the United States. He comes to MSU directly from the University of Colorado, Bolder, where he is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting and Repertoire. Prior to his doctoral studies, Otto served as Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at his alma mater, Eastern Washington University, where he directed athletic bands, Symphonic Band, Repertory Jazz Ensemble (II), and taught Jazz History and applied lessons on tuba and euphonium.

Otto’s groups at Eastern Washington achieved distinction in performances at MENC Conferences, and in the 2006 Festival Nelson, a music festival for secondary school concert and jazz ensembles in British Columbia. Under Otto’s direction, the EWU Eagle Marching Band appeared in the movie "Endgame," starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., James Woods, Angie Harmon, and Burt Reynolds. Mr. Otto also served as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Spokane British Brass Band, and taught low brass lessons at Spokane Falls Community College.

As a clinician and consultant, Mr. Otto has worked in the concert, marching, and jazz band genres at schools throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. He holds the B.M. in Music Education, summa cum laude from the University of Idaho and the M.A. in Music Education Eastern Washington University. Additional studies include workshops under Rodney Winther, H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, and Dr. Mallory Thompson.

Mr. Otto will also teach the low brass studio for the Division of Music. As a tubist and trombonist, Mr. Otto’s performance credits include the Spokane Symphony, Idaho/Washington Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Bob Curnow Big Band, and Spokane British Brass Band. Mr. Otto appears on the recent CD release The Music of Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays, Vol. 2 with the Bob Curnow Big Band, and he was a featured soloist on tuba with the Spokane British Brass Band and the EWU Orchestra. Mr. Otto was a member of two D.C.I. Drum & Bugle Corps, including the 1999 World Champion Blue Devils.

Committed to music education at all levels, Mr. Otto has presented clinic sessions and conducted performances at state and regional conferences of the National Association for Music Education, and his clinic sessions titled "Playing the Repertoire Game: Choosing the Best Literature for Your Groups" and "The Capture, Care and Feeding of the Low Brass Section" were very well-received by middle and high school educators from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

"We are extremely fortunate to secure these two fine musicians," said Music Chairman, Dr. Ken Bowles. "We are looking forward to an exhilarating year."