Private Composition Study

"...a Jedi Master of Music" Cody Ostrander aka Gotama

  • Do you want to find your musical purpose? 
  • or find your unique voice and express it more clearly?
  • learn how to integrate mind, body and spirit in acoustic, electroacoustic, dance, theater or film/media works?
  • Work at your own pace!
  • Get concise and targeted feedback on existing works, or works in progress!

I have over 20 years experience helping young people find and express their own voice.

Book a Skype lesson 

($100 including preview of materials prior to meeting)

My awards from 30+ years of experience:

  • 2012 Global Music Awards of Merit for sound mixing and editing and for innovation in sound for Aquarian Stories (6 CD series)
  • 2010 Elliot Carter Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome
  • 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1997 Fulbright Fellowship, New Zealand
  • 2008 Kauffman Award for Artistry, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
  • Prize ex aequo, VII International Contemporary Music Contest "Città di Udine" Italy, July, 2008 for In lake’ch
  • 1st Prize, Sounds Electric ’07, Dublin, Ireland, November, 2007 for November Sycamore Leaf
  • 2002 EMS Prize, Stockholm, Sweden: Thema-Omaggio
  • Wurlitzer Foundation Residencies, Taos, New Mexico, Jan-Ap., 2007; Ap-June, 2009
  • Residency at Centro Mexicano de Musia y Arte Sonore, Feb/March, 2009
  • Finalist, 33rd Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music (June,
  • 2007) for In lake’ch
  • Mention, 32nd Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music (June,
  • 2005) for Love Song
  • Mention, 27th Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music (June,
  • 2000) for Degrees of Separation “Grandchild of Tree”
  • Nominated for a Rome Prize Fellowship, 2004 and 2005
  • UMKC Faculty Performance Shares Award for Outstanding Achievement, Sept. 2001.
  • American Composer’s Orchestra- Whitaker Reading Sessions, New York City:
  • Symphonie Pastorale for large orchestra, April 5, 2003
  • Nominated for the American Composers Invitational of the Eleventh Van Cliburn
  • International Piano Competition (2002 and 2004)
  • Honorable Mention, Church Keys for piano and tape: Shepherd Distinguished
  • Composer Competition: Music Teachers National Association.
  • Sonic Circuits VII Festival (1999), American Composers Forum: Degrees of
  • Separation “Grandchild of Tree”
  • Finalist: 1999 Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial
  • Composer of the Year, Missouri Music Teachers Association, 1999
  • ASCAP Plus Awards 1996 to present.
  • Associate Artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Augusta Read Thomas master artist,
  • New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Sept. 1996.
  • Nominated for ASCAP Commission, 1995-1996.
  • Recipient of the Robert Jeffry Womack Endowed Presidential Scholarship, The
  • University of Texas, Austin.
  • Lead Graduate Teacher in Music, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1993-4.
  • Board of Directors, Columbine Chamber Players, Boulder, Colorado, 1993-4.
  • NAJE Citation for Outstanding Musicianship in Arranging, Wichita Jazz Festival 21,
  • Wichita, KS, 1992.
  • Cecil Effinger Graduate Fellowship in Composition, University of Colorado, Boulder,
  • 1991.
  • Thresher Award in Music, for outstanding achievement, Bethel College, N. Newton,
  • KS, 1984.
  • NAJE Outstanding Musicianship Awards for Trumpet Solo, Big Band competition,
  • Wichita Jazz Festival 13, Wichita, KS, 1984.
  • NAJE Outstanding Musicianship Awards for Trumpet Solo, Big Band, and Combo
  • competition, Wichita Jazz Festival 12, Wichita, KS, 1983.