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Allen C. Otte

Title: Professor of Percussion

Allen Otte came to the University of Cincinnati in 1977 with The Blackearth Percussion Group; in 1979 he founded Percussion Group Cincinnati. Appearances in their national and international touring schedule have included the major cities, festivals, concert halls and schools of America, Europe and Asia. Over the past 30 years, many young composers from around the world have created a large body of new and often experimental music for the trio. The first CD in the group’s contribution to the series of Mode Records’ integrated set of the complete music of John Cage will be available this year.

In addition to percussion, Otte teaches eurhythmics, composition, various literature seminars and coaches and conducts traditional and contemporary chamber music. He has presented his own creative work in solo concerts and guest presentations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.


  • MM, Northern Illinois University , DeKalb, IL.
  • BM, Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, OH.