Jim Oestereich

Born in Mitchell, SD

B.A. In Music Performance from Westmar College (Iowa), 1966

Additional music studies at Berklee College of Music, 1972-1973

Over 40 years of music teaching experience

Fisher Jr. College, Boston, Instructor, Fine Arts and Music, 1970-1974

Cambridge Center for adult Education, Teaching. Classes in Jazz History and piano improvisation

Author (with Earl Pennington) “Keyboard Improvisation and Arranging,” Prentice-Hall, 1980

Resident composer and education director, Little Flags Professional Theatre, in Boston for 16 years

Instructor and curriculum designer at Music Tech/McNally-Smith College of Music in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 1990 - 2005.

Music Director for the Interact Center for Adults with Disabilities, 2 years

Resident Sound Designer for MCTC theatre department for last 15 years


It was my pleasure to write the musical score for the movie

39 Seconds


The film tells the story of a little-known African American baseball great.  It premiered at the Riverview Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, on July 29, 2021.


Review by the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder

Local pride surrounds release of documentary


In memory of my good friend Earl Pennington.  We wrote this book together in 1981.