Who is Ozie?

 
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BIO

Ozie Cargile is a composer from Detroit, Michigan. At eleven, his music teacher sparked his interest in music whereupon he taught himself to play the piano. Greatly inspired by the pieces of John Williams (Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Harry Potter...) and other legendary composers, Cargile decided to advance his studies in composition and orchestration at the University of Michigan School of Music. Clearly following the simple yet powerful advice once given to him by the late Jerry Goldsmith ("Study."), he earned a Bachelor of Music Composition with a principle degree in piano performance.
 
In 2011, his choral orchestral work "Song for Humanity" was premiered by the Boulder Symphony of Boulder, Colorado in collaboration with the 150-voice Boulder Chorale as a precursor to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In the same year, he joined the open, collaborative production company HitRECord, founded by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Since then, Cargile has written a notable number of records for different projects on HitRECord and frequently does collaborations with fellow "HitRECorders". For example, Cargile scored Strawberry Bootlaces, which premiered at Sundance 2012, and a number of animated shorts for HitRECord on TV, which airs on Pivot Cable Television.
 
Renowned Orchestras such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York have performed several of his other works. He also serves as the composer-in-residence for the annual "Tribute to Black Pioneers in Music Performance", an operatic concert series produced by Fredrick Peterbark in collaboration with universities and symphonies across the country.
 
Throughout the years, Cargile has studied with several distinguished composers including Michael Daugherty, Erik Santos, Susan Botti and Bright Sheng. Recently, he successfully completed the "Hollywood Music Workshop" in Austria, where he took classes in orchestration and arranging with Conrad Pope and Nan Schwartz.
 
Cargile sees it as a musician's duty to raise consciousness about important issues concerning humanity and is convinced that this can only be done through strategic promotion and social networking. While partaking in various different projects, he constantly works on improving himself, on getting more knowledgeable and on meeting new people.

EXPERIENCE

PIANO AND COMPOSITION INSTRUCTOR

Metropolitan Detroit Area, 11/2003 – Present Experienced piano and composition instructor for students of all ages, from beginner to intermediate. Private and group sessions focus on piano performance, reading and writing music, playing by ear, and music appreciation across various genres from classical to jazz and popular music. Online video tutorials available at oziecargile.com.

HITRECORD.ORG - FEATURED FILM COMPOSER

Featured composer for hitRECord.org, an open collaborative production company based in Los Angeles and headed by Hollywood actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Underscored various film shorts and animations featured on company website, at the 2012 & 2014 Sundance Film Festivals, and on the Pivot cable television series HitRECord on TV.  Complete portfolio at www.hitrecord.org/users/ozie.

ACTORS LOFT - RESIDENT FILM COMPOSER
Film composer for several short films produced by the Actor’s Loft, including those in association with Prometheus Motion Pictures for various 48 Hour International Film Festivals. Projects viewable at actorsloft.com.
BOULDER SYMPHONY - FEATURED COMPOSER
Commissioned by Music Director Devin Hughes to compose a 12-minute choral orchestral work to serve as a companion to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. "Song for Humanity" was premiered by the Boulder Symphony on March 12 & 13, 2011 by the Boulder Symphony in collaboration with the 120-voice Boulder Chorale and was wellreceived by audiences.
LAMONT SYMPHONY - COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE
Lamont Symphony Orchestra, January 2009 My orchestral works The Audacity of Hope Symphonic Fanfare and Epoch: Open of the Heavens were performed by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra conduced by Maestro Lawrence Golan in Boulder, Colorado on January 16, 2009. Fred Peterbark, producer. View performances at OzieCargile.com
BLACK HISTORY FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA -COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE
Orchestral works "The Audacity of Hope Symphonic Fanfare" and "Epoch: Opening of the Heavens" were performed by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Lawrence Golan in Boulder, Colorado on January 16, 2009; part of the Black Pioneers in Music Performance" concert series produced by Fred Peterbark.
PSALM 150 SYMPHONY - MUSIC DIRECTOR, CONDUCTOR, COMPOSER
Psalm 150 Symphony, 01/2006 – 12/2006 Founded and served at as Music Director, conductor, and composer-in-residence for the Psalm 150 Symphony, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The 45-piece orchestra of local musicians performed a two-night concert series featuring all new works by local composers during October 2006. Articles featured in Detroit News & Free Press and on WXYZ Channel 7 Action News. psalm150symphony.org
ROCK NATION BAND - KEYBOARDIST
Rock Nation Band, 04/2004 – 01/2006 Worked as one of the keyboardist for young rock group sensation, Rock Nation headed by DeVaughn Murphy, DeVaughn Murphy and Cedric Berry. Accompanied band on national tour performing concerts in Detroit, Michigan, Washington D.C., Phoenix, Arizona, and New Orleans, Louisiana and other cites across the United States.
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S - FEATURED COMPOSER
Orchestra of St. Luke’s, August 2004 New York premiere of my string quartet Déjà vu performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Program organized and conducted by hip hop violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain. Read the New York Times artcile at http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/10/arts/music/10luke.html
DETROIT SYMPHONY - FEATURED COMPOSER
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, February 2003 Orchestral work Creation of the Universe and the Second Movement performed and recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during performance honoring local African American Composers. Articles featured in Detroit News & Free Press
AFFILATIONS
Strong Tower Publishing & Productions, strongtowerpp.com
Member of BMI since 2002
Psalm 150 Symphony, Executive Director, psalm150symphony.org
The 5 Dreams Project, Managing Director, the5dreamsproject.com

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