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Music Performance

LET YOUR MUSICAL ARTISTRY TAKE CENTER STAGE. AT ONU, YOU’LL DEVELOP YOUR TALENT THROUGH FREQUENT PERFORMANCES, MENTORING AND INSTRUCTION FROM PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS, AND STUDIO WORK THAT BUILDS TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY.

TAKE CENTER STAGE

As a music performance major, you’ll declare a principal instrument. We’ll help you take your competency on that instrument to the next level. Be prepared for rigorous coursework and long practice hours. Our studio lessons, coursework, recitals and performances are all designed to turn you into a professional soloist, ensemble player or accompanist. 

Our small setting adds up to big opportunity. Here, you’re not just another talented musician trying to stand out from hundreds of others; you’re a valued member of a family. When you first arrive on campus, we’ll assign you a faculty mentor who will guide you until you graduate. You’ll get to know our amazing, dedicated music professors – all distinguished performers who hold degrees from leading musical institutions. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you.

Performance opportunities abound. We offer four choral ensembles, five bands, a full symphony orchestra, chamber music groups, a pit orchestra and more. Many of these groups travel nationally and internationally to places like New York City, China, Germany, Rome and New Zealand. And you can’t beat our facilities. The Freed Center for the Performing Arts, our Wintzer Music Technology Lab, our well-maintained, updated pianos throughout – all top notch.

Let’s face it; music performance is a competitive field. It takes a special blend of talent and opportunity to carve out a career. At ONU, you bring the talent, and we provide the opportunity. You’ll get the performance experience, musical training and individualized attention you’ll need to build the career of your dreams.

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Curriculum

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Pathway

OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

MASTERS IN THE HOUSE

At the ONU Music Department, we bring the music industry to you! Some of the most current and famous composers for band, orchestra, and choir frequent Presser Hall, such as John Mackey, James Barnes, Robert Sheldon, Julie Giroux, and Joseph Martin, to just name a few. On campus, our students have heard the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Chanticleer, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Take 6, and Rockapella, as well as famous jazz artists like Ellis Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, and Arturo Sandoval.  Every year, musical guests such as world-famous artists, composers, and ensembles work with our students in master class settings. This is your chance to get one-on-one time with some of the greatest musical artists in the world…now THAT’S an education!

STUDY ACROSS THE POND

What’s it like to live and study in England? You could find out! ONU has an exchange program with the University of Salford, a sprawling college campus with about 20,000 students in England’s second-largest city, Manchester. Music majors can spend a semester at Salford learning about recording technology, composing and arranging in contemporary style, and more. Salford musicians also travel to ONU, bringing unique opportunities for collaboration and cross-cultural experiences. 



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JESSICA WISE

MUSIC PERFORMANCE, FLUTE ’17

Music performance is a wonderful major to pursue because it explores the emotional depth that music can bring to a person. Music is so important in this crazy, stressful world. What’s more incredible than a career that spreads music throughout the world? ONU prepared me to be successful in a career in music by providing opportunity, support, financial help and wonderful professors. It’s the perfect place to grow as a musician.

Jessica Wise can’t imagine life without music. Possessing drive, talent and passion, she majored in music performance at ONU. She was principal flutist in the ONU Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra; she toured New Orleans as a soloist with the ONU Jazz Band; she performed a concerto with the Wind Orchestra; and she participated in more than 30 master classes, which took her to Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, Peabody and California. Jessica is currently attending graduate school at the University of Louisville, where she is majoring in conducting and flute.  As a graduate teaching assistant, she serves as an assistant conductor of the university’s orchestra and works closely with the professional Louisville Symphony. 

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • We are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top 200 program for creative students.
  • Over the past five years, 90 to 100 percent of our music majors landed full-time jobs or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

COURSES

We offer individual piano lessons to every student – both majors and non-majors – so you won’t be just a number in a large group class. We also offer a wide variety of courses, including Jazz History and Literature, African Music, and American Music, any number of private lessons you might want to take on any instrument, and an exceptionally large variety of ensembles, including 17 performing groups and individualized chamber music courses. Finally, our faculty can tailor independent study courses to meet your unique needs. 

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Professional performer
  • Music professor 
  • Church music minister
  • Owner of private music studio 
  • Freelance artist

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent music graduates have ended up: Boston Conservatory; European Opera Companies; St. Louis Bach Society; South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; Graduate programs at Florida State, Colorado University, University of Illinois; California Institute for the Arts; Public educators in Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin; Music professors at Capital Conservatory of Music, Lindenwood University in Missouri, and Bowling Green State University.

Department of Music

Patty Warner

419-772-2150
p-warner@onu.edu
Presser 202
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed