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Current Student Accomplishments

ONU music students are always keeping busy and accomplishing great things. See what some of our students are doing now!

Lydia Smith

This past summer, Lydia received the Ruth E. Weir Scholarship for Research and worked with Dr. Waters to learn about music from Asia. In addition, Lydia took lessons on two Chinese instruments: erhu and pipa. She presented her research in a lecture recital for the Music Department. This semester, she will be presenting her research again at the OMEA Convention poster presentations, along with presenting at the Student Research Colloquium in April. Lydia hopes that this will prepare her for graduate school and eventually for a doctorate to become a music professor focusing in ethnomusicology. 


Paige Stafford

Paige Stafford, a sophomore music performance major, recently was a winner of the university’s Concerto Competition and performed Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor with the ONU Symphony Orchestra in October. She was honored to have the opportunity to perform such a large scale work with the ensemble so early in her college career, inspiring her to continue pursuing her goal of becoming a symphony clarinetist. Paige also was able to perform as a soloist during the Wind Orchestra’s tour of Germany in 2017, and is eager for the next opportunity to take her performance ability to a higher level.


Rebecca Newton

I am a senior music education major with a focus in voice. I am currently student teaching at Bath Local Schools, teaching grades 5-12. I am excited to graduate in May and go on to teach and inspire students wherever I go! My time in the ONU Music Department has been imperative to my growth as a person and a musician. The talented faculty have inspired and encouraged me to try new paths, and they are some of the kindest and most informed people I have had the privilege to work with. ONU Music is a community, and even though I'm graduating, I know I will always have my Polar Bear family!


Jarrett Barr

Jarrett auditioned into the 338th Army Band, which is an Army Reserve band based in Michigan and Ohio. He will be playing saxophone as well as clarinet and flute for this band.  Jarrett is very excited about this opportunity because joining the Army Band is something he has wanted to do for a very long time. Jarrett was originally just going to wait until after he graduated to join the Army Band and participate during grad school, but after he visited with them in December, he realized it was something he could be a part of during his undergraduate degree program. This is a great opportunity for Jarrett and a stepping stone to either more years as a part-time Army musician or auditioning someday for a full-time band. For now though, Jarrett is just grateful to have the chance to start this career path now.


Noah Walter

As a winner of the 2017 ONU Concerto Competition, Noah performed Saint-saens’ Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor with the ONU Symphony Orchestra in December 2017.  He will be presenting his Junior Piano Recital in April 2018 as a requirement for a BM in Music Performance.  Also, Noah was recently hired as the church musician at Ada First United Methodist Church.  After graduation, Noah is planning on pursing a Master of Music in Music Performance and an Artist Diploma.

Department of Music

Patty Warner

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