ailing from Saint Louis, Missouri, John Osterhagen is a graduate of Chicago's Columbia College.
He focused the early portion of his musical career on vocal performance and learned composition through self-study and practical application.
His family nurtured in him a deep and personal love of the music of the Church.
He found a passion for singing and developed a deep affinity with sacred music, particularly Gregorian chant.
During his training with the professional choral ensemble, The Schola Cantorum of Saint Peter the Apostle, a group dedicated to the study and preservation of music of both the Roman and Eastern Churches, John developed his love of chant.
A large portion of his composorial output is informed by it; either directly, or through more subtle techniques.
His music has been described as "heavenly" and "intoxicated with sound."
At Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, John serves as a soloist and section leader.
This parish is acknowledged to have one of the strongest choral traditions in Chicago.
Its director, Paul French, continues a great tradition of choral singing begun by the late William Ferris.
Mr. Osterhagen has composed a number of pieces which have been debuted by the choir, some of which have become favorites of the group, including Attende Domine.
Mr. Osterhagen is a professional tenor/counter-tenor and appears frequently with Bella Voce, a Chicago choral ensemble.
Other groups with which he appears as both a member and soloist include The Chicago Choral Artists, Musicam Sacram and The William Ferris Chorale.
Mr. Osterhagen is also the composer-in-residence and a founding member of the Saint Cecilia Consort, a semi-professional recorder consort and early music ensemble in Chicago.
CanticaNOVA Publications is pleased to offer John Osterhagen's music in our catalog: