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ONU Music Graduates: Inspiring Performances of a Lifetime
ONU music majors have been accepted into prestigious graduate schools such as the San Francisco Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, and SUNY in Buffalo. They’ve followed their dreams to play clarinet in the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, win a starring role in a Cleveland Institute of Music opera production, to open a thriving piano studio in Chicago, and work with famous drummers as the artist relations manager for Ludwig-Musser Percussion. They are using their musical gifts to make differences in people’s lives, serving as music ministers in churches, and teaching music in public and private schools across the nation.
Here are just a few examples of some of the things our graduates are doing:
Mark Blowers, BM '11
Was just awarded the OMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator Award.
Tyler Graves, BM '11
Freelance performer and educator
Ohio Northern University was a great choice for my undergraduate education because of the many performing opportunities that were presented to me, ranging from performing in musical pits, to a performance in Germany with the Wind Orchestra. The faculty were another reason for my success and enjoyment at ONU and beyond, as they guided me through both musical and life lessons. After ONU, I attended Miami University and received my master of music in performance.
Jeff Martin, BM ’13
Clark Montessori School
Responsibilities: teaching six steel drum bands in grades seven-12 at one of the few high schools in the country with a full-time steel drums teaching position.
I am glad I chose ONU for my undergrad because I gained a wide variety of first hand experiences in music and in teaching. Even while covering the designed coursework, the ONU faculty were supportive of me pursuing my own interests in music education whether it be through incorporating it into my degree requirements or providing additional studies and experiences. The diversity of my music education degree prepared me to teach anything I was willing to pursue.I teach six steel drum bands at Clark Montessori High School in Cincinnati. This full-time position is one of few like it in the entire country."
Miriam Stoner, BM ’13
Pursuing Master of Music
Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM)
Spent summer 2013 studying in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, where she soloed in the Varna International Music Academy and participated in the University of Miami Frost School of Music Program.
"I'm glad I chose to attend ONU because I was able to gain valuable performance experience in a personal and professional setting that truly prepared me for the next level. The faculty and staff of the music department at Northern are all truly invested in the futures of each and every one of their students.
"I graduated in 2013 from ONU and am currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music where I have appeared as Papagena in Mozart's The Magic Flute, the Spirit in Handel's Dido and Aeneas, and Sophie in scenes from Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss."
Emanuel Bowman, BM ’12
University of Akron
Responsibilities: percussion instructor and music arranger for the drumline, traveling to various schools with the other graduate students to perform African music for K-5 students, coaching an undergraduate percussion ensemble, acting as co-principle of the Symphonic Band, teaching percussion lessons to non-majors, and performing in the Steel Band.
In the four years that I was at ONU, I learned a lot from the professors; they helped build a foundation for me as a musician. Getting the opportunity to perform in different areas in the U.S., Canada and Europe with the Wind Orchestra, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band and Men’s Chorus added lots of learning and performing experience to my foundation. Constantly being challenged by other students and professors to practice hard and efficiently developed good practice techniques for me in the practice rooms. The music department has always gone above and beyond to make sure its students get the best education when it comes to music performance, music education, etc. I am glad that I chose to go to ONU.
Krista Shorf, BM ’13
Akron Public Schools
Responsibilities: teaching seventh-grade general music, middle school orchestra, and high school music appreciation.
ONU provided me with a wealth of teaching, performing and enrichment opportunities that put me ahead of the game in my first year of teaching. During my time at ONU, I was prepared for the realities of being a music educator in the real world. Completing ONU’s rigorous course load for music education and having numerous other opportunities throughout college made me confident in my abilities even as a first-year teacher. I have the problem-solving skills and resources to work through daily issues and the social skills to effectively work with both my students and other teachers. I am one of the youngest teachers working in the entire district and one of only a few who recently completed their undergraduate degree. ONU has definitely granted me an exceptionally well-rounded education, allowing me to keep up with even experienced educators.
Samantha Riedlinger, BM ’13
Graduating teaching assistant with an emphasis in music theory and musicianship
Wright State University
Responsibilities: studying for master’s degree in flute performance, assisting with second-year theory and musicianship, teaching a Fundamentals of Music Theory course for non-music majors, administering the Recitals 1000 class, managing recitals, and participating with a wind band ensemble and in the flute studio.
Being a field commander and assistant conductor at ONU really gave me the confidence I needed. Field experience, coupled with methods classes, provided the experience to be able to manage a classroom and help students understand and learn. With our theory and ear training courses, I learned everything else that I need to succeed in what I am doing today.
Faith Heflin, BM '11
“I graduated in Spring 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, piano being my instrument of concentration. I am currently the general music teacher for students grades K-4 at Mariemont Elementary School in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have also developed my own studio of private piano students ranging from 1st-8th grade students. I am glad I chose ONU to complete my undergraduate work because my time there helped to shape me into the musician, educator, and person I am today. I received a well-rounded education that has given me the confidence to pursue all of my professional and educational goals.”
Clayton A. Slusser, BM '08
“I wanted to write you yet one more email thanking you for all of your support for me in applying to graduate schools and giving me the letters of recommendation that you provided. Without them, and without all of you, I doubt I would have turned out to be the musician that I am today. I was accepted to California Institute of the Arts! I can’t thank each one of you enough for all of your guidance over the four years that I was a student with you at ONU.”
From Virginia (Harrod) Herrick, BM '10
“I chose ONU because the caliber of music was high, the vocal ensembles I participated in were phenomenal groups of musicians, and because of the ONU Holiday Spectacular. Currently, I live with my husband in Charlotte, NC, where I sing with Opera Carolina, and serve as a private piano and voice instructor.”