Dr. Otis French

Teaching Area(s): Music

I believe in involving the students in the process of learning, and allowing them to participate in the instruction process for their peers. My favorite part of the job is seeing the creative process of working on music throughout the semester, and seeing it improve.

Director Bio

Dr. Otis French: Director of Bands

Cope Music Hall: Office 160
Office Phone: (330) 823-2187
E-mail: frenchoc@mountunion.edu

Music Ensembles and Courses

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • Fall Band (Marching Band)
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Instrumental Music Methods
  • Pit Orchestra (for musicals)

Dr. Otis C. French serves as the Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at the University of Mount Union.  Originally from Berea, Kentucky, Dr. French entered the Army Music Program in 1978 and served for over 24 years. He performed as a Euphonium soloist with Army bands in New Jersey, Virginia, and Korea, before being selected to become an officer and conductor.  He commanded Army bands in Texas, Heidelberg Germany, and Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. French also commanded the Staff and Faculty Company of the Army Element School of Music, while also serving as the Army Training Liaison Officer. While in Atlanta he commanded the prestigious Army Ground Forces Band and served as the Army Forces Command Staff Bands Officer, where he managed over 120 Army National Guard and Reserve bands. He retired at the rank of Major in 2002. 

Dr. French has served as Director of Bands at the college level in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin prior to his appointment at Mount Union and has served as an assistant high school band director in Pennsylvania. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music Degree in Conducting from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Business Administration from Saint Leo University. He remains active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, Euphonium soloist, and marching band show designer.

Dr. French has served as a board member of the Conductor’s Guild, where he also performed duties as the editor for Podium Notes, the organization's quarterly newsletter. He also was a founding board member of the Pocono Chamber Music and Flute Societies. He has given professional presentations on conducting at National and State Music Education conferences and has had his ensembles selected to perform at state and national conferences as well. Additionally, Dr. French was awarded the Citation for Musical Excellence by the National Band Association. 

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