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Keyboard Area

The ONU Keyboard Area offers lessons on harpsichord, piano and organ for both music majors and non-majors. All music majors at Ohio Northern receive individual piano lessons each week as part of their training, as opposed to traditional piano classes which are offered in many music units, so that professionally degreed faculty can evaluate and monitor weekly progress of each and every student to ensure success in the field.


Keyboard Faculty

Mary Jane Eichelberger - Organ and Piano
Assaf Sommer - Piano and Harpsicord 

Piano majors and non-majors with a serious piano background take classes in Keyboard Literature and Piano Pedagogy, and participate in weekly studio classes. We offer Master Classes each year with professional pianists who collaborate with instrumentalists and vocalists, and solo pianists who give recitals at ONU.

Scholarships are available for both music majors and non-music majors who are accomplished keyboard players.

Music Major Talent Awards

Non-Music Major Talent Awards


Summer Piano Camp

Typically offered for one week each July, the ONU Summer Piano Camp is an opportunity for local pianists aged 5-14 to participate in an event specifically geared to young pianists. Activities are centered on a different “theme” each summer and include ensemble performances, duets, a recital and classes. The 2016 theme will be "Your Piano Tells the Story". A minimum of 6 months of piano experience is preferred for elementary campers, and a minimum of two years of piano experience for Middle School campers. For more information about next year’s Summer Piano Camp, please contact Vicki Mills or visit this page.


Piano Academy

Hands-on learning, service, and community involvement are central to a piano studio teacher’s career, and the ONU Piano Academy serves the community with practical training for our students. After passing the Piano Pedagogy course, ONU pianists are eligible to teach in the Academy, offering weekly lessons to area youngsters grades K-12. Academy instructors receive supervision and advice along the way from keyboard faculty. Piano Academy participants participate in recitals in the Spring and on various holidays throughout the year as scheduling allows. Occasional field trips are also a part of the curriculum.

There are many opportunities to accompany and collaborate at ONU for pianists and keyboardists, including performing with ensembles such as the ONU Symphony Orchestra, the ONU Wind Orchestra, University Singers, and even the ONU Marching Band, as well as several chamber ensembles, including pit orchestra. Additionally, pianists have ample opportunity for both solo performances and accompanying experiences with instrumentalists and vocalists in the ONU Music department. Finally, the Annual OMTA Piano Duettists Competition, hosted each October on ONU’s campus in beautiful Presser Hall, is a competition for K-12 duet teams who are students of OMTA piano teachers. Students compete in a “traditional” classical competition and a “creative” competition, and have a lot of fun in the process. ONU pianists often help with this event.

Group photo after the "creative" portion of the Duettists Competition.

December 2015 Recital Photos


Department of Music

Patty Warner

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