NewMusicBox Editor Stepping Down After 24 Years

By David Salazar

NewMusicBox magazine has announced that Frank J. Oteri is stepping down as editor after 24 years.

Oteri, who is set to join The New School as full-time faculty this fall, became the editor of the publication when it launched in 1999. Since his tenure, NewMusicBox has published over 7,000 stories. Among the artists that Oteri interviewed for the publication were Elliott Carter, Ornette Coleman, Meredith Monk, Tania León, Willie Colón, Du Yun, and Jeanine Tesori.

“When I was hired to come up with a format for and then serve as editor for what we eventually named NewMusicBox I believed strongly, and still do, that practitioners should be the people who speak and write about this music since they have the most intimate knowledge of it, the greatest passion for it, and need their own outlet to disseminate information about it,” Oteri said in an official press statement issued by the company. “I am extremely grateful to all the extraordinary musical visionaries we have spoken with and all of the articulate and inspirational artists/writers whose words we have published over these many years. I also want to state that, despite serving as NewMusicBox’s titular Editor, I eschew hierarchy and the people who worked with me along the way deserve a great deal of acknowledgement for making NewMusicBox what it has been for all these years. The strength and significance of NewMusicBox in our field is because by design it has been a collaborative project.”

Oteri has been teaching part-time at The New School since 2022.