A recent graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, she studied composition under Dr. Jonathan Schwabe and Dr. Alan Schmitz. Originally a saxophonist, she played lead tenor in the University of Northern Iowa’s second jazz band under the direction of Dr. Bob Washut.
This summer Tori traveled to Europe to take part as a composition fellow at the Valencia International Performance Academy in Spain. In 2016, she attended the Nief-Norf Summer Festival as a composition fellow in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2014, she attended the Charlotte New Music Festival, Summer Composition Intensive at St. Mary’s, and the Atlantic New Music Festival.
Professional interests include organizing alternative concert experiences and collaborating with musicians and artists to create a truly unique musical experience.
Tori is a member of ASCAP, SCI, and the Iowa Composer's Forum.
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Tori Ovel is pursuing her Master's studies at Butler University in Indianapolis under the watchful eyes of Dr. Michael Schelle and Dr. Frank Felice. Her music generally involves extended tertian harmonies and she enjoys a good challenge found in writing for atypical instrumentations.
Recently her music has been performed at the Bowling Green State University Graduate Conference in Music and the SCI Region IV Conference at UNCG-Greensboro. In the spring of 2016, her micro-opera Now Boarding was selected to be performed with Fresh Ounce of Opera’s Inaugural mini opera showcase in Austin, Texas, and was also performed her alma mater.
At Butler University, Tori produced the Butler Community Arts School's Butler Youth Composition Workshop, executed in spring 2016. Currently, she puts her skills to work as the Recruitment and Outreach Graduate Assistant and is involved with the Indianapolis-based new music ensemble Microten as the Managing Director.