Percussionist Jacob Ottmer to pursue graduate studies in Cincinnati with support of Graduate Incentive Award
Texas native Jacob Ottmer (BM '19) plans to pursue his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music beginning in the Fall 2019 semester as a recipient of a significant Graduate Incentive Award. His teachers will include James Culley and Russell Burge. With a career spanning over 30 years, James Culley is a highly sought after performer with multiple recording credits as an original member of Percussion Group Cincinnati. Russell Burge enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, with appearances in prestigious venues worldwide.
Jacob transferred to Kent State in 2017 when his teacher, Dr. Matthew Holm, became the Director of Percussion Studies. He has since held principal positions in both the Wind Ensemble and Kent State University Orchestra. An accomplished soloist, he was named runner-up in the undergraduate category of the annual Concerto Competition in the Fall 2017 semester. Jacob’s previous notable performances have been with the PRISMA Festival Orchestra, Monarch Independent Percussion, Santa Clara Vanguard as World Champion, and the Kent Blossom Orchestra. Additionally, he has competed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) each year during his undergraduate studies.
Jacob began his musical journey in high school and, of his time studying with Dr. Holm, he said he has "grown exponentially."