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Watch the ONU Wind Orchestra play "Stubernic Fantasy" by Mark Ford. Directed by Sarah Waters, featuring Manny Bowman, Jeff Martin and Andy Kremyar.
Non-Music Major Talent Award for Symphony Orchestra/Wind Orchestra/University Singers
Ohio Northern University non-music major talent awards for Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, or University Singers are available to all enrolled students at Ohio Northern University regardless of major. Awards are granted based on the student’s artistic potential as heard in a scheduled audition. Talent award amounts are contingent upon the complete financial aid package.
An audition with Acceptd.com is encouraged, but live auditions are also acceptable.. Non-Music Major Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis through contacting Kelly Holtgrefe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musicians who sing/play the following instruments are eligible: Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Oboe/English Horn, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Piano, and Harp.
Auditions will consist of the following for instrumentalists:
- A prepared unaccompanied solo or etude
- A scale of your choice that is played over the entire range of the instrument
- Sight reading of orchestral excerpts (only in live auditions)
Auditions will consist of the following for choral singers:
- A prepared accompanied solo
Requirements for Non-Music Major Talent Award for Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and University Singers
- Audition for Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, or University Singers every year and register for the ensemble assigned each semester
- Instrumentalists: Enroll in the appropriate private lessons at Ohio Northern University during freshman year (not required for choral singers).
Non-Music Major Talent Award for Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and University Singers Renewal
Talent Awards are renewable as long as the student is in good academic standing and meets the requirements of the Talent Award. The musician on an Orchestra Award does not need to re-audition each year to renew the award; however, seating is determined at the beginning of each year or semester based on auditions.
The ONU Wind Orchestra, directed by Music Department Chair, Dr. Thomas Hunt, performs collegiate- and professional-level literature for wind band (see programs below). Membership is by competitive audition held at the beginning of the school year.
The programs for the Wind Orchestra’s 2013-14 four-concert season include classics such as the Hindemith Symphony for Band and William Schuman’s George Washington Bridge as well as newer works such as Maslanka’s Give Us This Day and Donald Grantham’s Southern Harmony. The ONU Wind Orchestra is particularly enthusiastic to work with this year’s guest conductors; Sascha Leufgen, conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique à vent de Dudelange Luxembourg, who will conduct half of the February concert, “Music of Spain and New Spain”, and Dr. Brant Karrick from the North Kentucky University, the guest conductor/composer for the 46th annual ONU Spring Band Festival.
In May of 2014 the group travels to Germany for a 13 day concert tour (see below).
Recent guest conductors have this to say about ONU Wind Orchestra:
Julie Giroux, Emmy-award winning composer for film, television bands and orchestras:
"The ONU Wind Orchestra was great to work with! They delivered an impassioned rendition of my One Life Beautiful. This band can play! And they definitely know how to have a good time while they are at it!"
Patrick Burns, Director of the New Jersey City University Wind Symphony; Owner and Artistic Director of Bandworks Publications:
"I have had the great pleasure of conducting the ONU Wind Orchestra on two occasions, and each time I was impressed by not only the fine musicianship of this wonderful group, but also by the personal warmth and geniality of the students. They are great fun to work with and play with remarkable gusto. This is truly a top-notch collegiate ensemble.”
Robert Sheldon, Concert Band Editor for Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc.:
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the ONU Wind Orchestra. This dedicated and enthusiastic ensemble performs with both heart and exacting professionalism. It was a pleasure to share the stage with a group of musicians who truly appreciate the joy of music-making.”
Past Programs of the ONU Wind Orchestra
Talent awards are available to both music majors and non-music majors participating in Wind Orchestra.