Academic Staff Directory

Professor David Osbon

Professor David Osbon

Professor of the Creative Arts
Academic school:
Job title:
Professor of the Creative Arts
Higher qualifications:

BA Performing Arts (Leicester), PgDip GSMD Advanced Composition (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), PgDip KC Sonology (Royal Dutch Conservatoire), MA Music Analysis (University of Sussex), PhD Music (University of Pennsylvania)

Professional organisations:
The Performing Right Society for Music (PRS)



40 acknowledged and performed compositions for solo, chamber ensemble, orchestra and film. Published by Emerson Edition.


Music on Volcanic Lakes –  The Spirits of Sabate – Anguillara Sabazia Scuolaorchetra, Colle Ionci (2013)

Chamber Music by David Osbon - The Creatures of Frietman, 5 Hommages, Sonatina and Still Waiting for the Revolution – Various Artists, Music-Chamber (2013)

Piano Music by David Osbon – 3 piano sonatas recorded by Jane Beament, Music-Chamber  (2010).

Music by Pieter Snapper - ZIL - Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Independent Records (2000).

Various works - The 1999 Season - Philadelphia Sinfonia, AMP Records (1999).

Liberty by David Osbon, Paul Freeman Introduces (Vol. 2), Albany Records (1998).

Various works - The Bon Voyage Concert - Philadelphia Sinfonia, AMP Records (1998).

Taking on America - chamber music by David Osbon, AMP Recordings (1997).

Music by Z. Chesky Neceski - The Prophets of Pella - Philadelphia Female Chorus/PYO Chamber Orchestra, Macedon Records (1997).

Various works - Live at Mauch Chunk - Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, AMP Records (1997).

Various works - Holidays from the Heart - Voices for Children Foundation, Albany Records (1997).

Research and scholarly output:



Osbon, D. (2012) Review of Adrianne Lis CD, NZ Review.

Osbon, D. (1992 - 2005) 11 academic papers and 3 cultural strategies published during this time.






Conference presentations

Osbon, D. (2013) From Vox Rosa to Follow the Sun: The development of transmedia performance practice, 4th International Conference of the Visual and Performing  Arts, Athens, Greece.

Research degree supervision:



Role in team

Thesis title

Jonathan Broder Principal supervisor Welcome to the Future: Rewriting the paradigm of and creating new multimedia music for a post Internet world.
Jose Cubides Gutierrez Second supervisor Development of Compositional Methods Based on Sound/Noise as a Public/Private expression.
Daniel Hagan Principal supervisor The place of music festivals in an era of digital music abundance.
Agata Kubiak Principal supervisor Under what circumstances does performing new music encourage creativity in string players?
Jo Lord Second supervisor 3D Audio for Music: Ecological perception, embodied cognition and applied technique.
Paul Mackley Second supervisor What impact are sound design technologies having within the live medium of theatre?
Christos Moralis Second supervisor Live Popular Electronic Music - 'Performable Recordings'
Tyrian Purple Second supervisor In what ways have guitar players’ tools come to shape the playing style, compositional approach, and recording methodology of noise rock music from the 1970s to the present?
Frank St John Principal supervisor The symptoms of hydrocephalus and their impact on a sufferer’s ability to convey emotion during musical, vocal performance.
Bartosz Szafranski Principal supervisor Identification and application in original composition of the devices required to construct and maintain a coherent musical form with a very slow distribution of structural sound events.
Christina Vinson Second supervisor The Pan-American Association of Composers (1928-1934).