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:
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.
The music education curriculum at ONU was rigorous and challenged me to prepare myself for a professional teaching career. The professors allowed me the freedom to pursue skills that I wanted to develop. From the start of my time at ONU, I declared that I wanted to keep a focus on steel drums while learning all the other “normal” percussion instruments a percussionist should be trained in. That specialization in steel drums made me a qualified applicant for my dream job and ultimately got me the position.
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 owe much of my success to the amazing music faculty and staff at ONU who nurtured me and built in me a solid musical foundation that carried me to the next level. Northern provides its students with a wide variety of performance opportunities, and, during my time there, I was able to take advantage of these various types of performances. I was involved in the jazz ensemble, choral groups, opera workshop, and musicals at ONU. Ohio Northern University’s Department of Music offers its students the opportunities to experience the benefits of a liberal arts education while they pursue a specialized degree in music. Enrolling in many of ONU’s language courses helped in my study of classical music. Also, delving into ONU's history and literature courses put the music into context for me. All of the arts and sciences are so connected, and my time at ONU made these connections apparent.
Emanuel Bowman, BM ’13
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.