Dr. James J. Ogburn (b. 1974) is a U.S.-born composer, conductor, author, and teacher whose recent works have been featured at over two dozen festivals in Thailand, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Spain, Poland, Italy, and throughout the U.S. He has served as artistic director/conductor for several ensembles, as well as resident conductor at a number of festivals in Asia and the U.S. While living in Thailand (2009–2015), Dr. Ogburn was chair of composition and theory at Mahidol University College of Music, director of Enclave Ensemble, program manager of the Thailand International Composition Festival, director of the Young Thai Artist Award, and researcher for the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to being awarded the 2017 Cluster Prize (Etymos Ensemble, Lucca, IT), he was recently selected as a finalist for the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society/Orion Quartet Commission Competition, the ALIA Musica Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Commission Competition, and Third Prize in the American Prize for Composition (Professional/Orchestral category) for his Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra. For the ninth season of the Thailand Philharmonic he was appointed as first “Composer-in-Residence,” for which he composed five works for the 2013–14 season. Dr. Ogburn received composition and theory degrees from Central Washington University (BM, 2004) and the University of Pittsburgh (MA, 2006, and PhD, 2009). Currently, he is assistant professor of composition and theory at the Schwob School of Music of Columbus State University in Georgia. For more information and to hear recordings of his music, please visit: www.jamesogburn.com.