Henry, Otto

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Otto Henry


Born: May 08, 1933

Country: Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.

Studies: University of North Carolina, Boston University

Teachers: Gardner Read, Hugo Norden

Born in Reno, Nevada in 1933, Otto Henry began to compose and play the French Horn in high school. He received two degrees from Boston University (B. Mus., A.M.-1960) where he studied music composition with Hugo Norden and Gardner Read. He has taught at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA where he chaired the music department and built his own electronic music studio. In 1965 he completed his Ph.D at Tulane University. In 1968 Henry joined the faculty of the School of Music at East Carolina University where he taught composition, history and ethnomusicology for 30 years until his retirement in 1998. Among his many compositions are "Phoenix, Burning" - for magnetic tape, "Liberty Bell" for percussion and tape, and "Sanctus," an aleatoric mass movement for SATB choir that won the Mars Hill College choral award and the Honigman Music Cup of the NC Federation of Music for 1977.[1]

Works for Percussion

Do Not Pass Go - Percussion Duo
Liberty Bell - Percussion Ensemble (10);With Tape
Men and Angels - Percussion Quartet; Voice
No Sound of Water - Percussion Ensemble (10)
Omnibus I - unspecified pitched instruments - Indeterminate
Omnibus II - Percussion Duo - Indeterminate
The Devil is a Woman Dancing - Marimba; Piano
The Sons of Martha - Percussion Quartet; Voice
Three Pieces for African Ensemble - Percussion Septet