The ONU Percussion Ensemble
The percussion studio at Ohio Northern University is very engaged, active and successful. It is open to music majors and non-majors who participate in ensembles, which include the 150-piece Marching Band, the Wind Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Band, the Jazz Band, Steel Drum Band, Percussion Ensemble, and as needed, the pit orchestra for musicals. ONU has two five-octave Adams marimbas, two 4.3-octave Musser marimbas, a new set of five Adams timpani, a new Adams xylophone, a new Adams chime, a full steel drum band, African drumming, Chinese percussion, plus other instruments you would expect in a large college. However, ONU is a small liberal arts college – the best of both worlds!
The studio is under the direction and guidance of Dr. Sarah Waters. Waters has a doctorate in percussion performance (Ohio State University), a master's in percussion performance and conducting (Western Michigan University), and a bachelor’s degree in music education (Ohio Northern University). She is a Fulbright Scholar and spent a year studying and teaching in Africa. Recently, Waters toured China performing and teaching master classes.
At ONU, you can be as busy as you want to be – playing and performing to your heart’s delight! Of course, we keep an eye out for you so your academic work does not suffer from it! Our music majors graduate with a strong record of landing teaching jobs. Others will go on to graduate school or even military bands.
The Percussion Ensemble performs high-caliber collegiate literature. Students are given the opportunity to compose or arrange for the ensemble and to rehearse and conduct the group. We offer African drumming and dance and a Chinese percussion ensemble. Truly, ONU percussion students have a chance to experience and perform music from the non-Western world.
Master Class with Bill Molenhof
Master Class with percussionist Bob Becker
African Drum and Dance Ensemble