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Take Your Musical Skills to the Next Level

At Ottawa University, you will be taught by professional musicians who are committed to working with you take your current musical skills and knowledge to new heights. You will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of music ensembles that perform throughout the year.

Whether you plan to major in music or simply enjoy performing, there is a place for you at Ottawa University. Our students are taught by acclaimed working professionals who challenge them to rise to the next level in their music careers.

Our Wenger Practice Studios are state-of-the-art and feature a Virtual Acoustic Environment (VAE), which allows you to simulate performing in nine performance environments ranging from a small recital hall to a large cathedral. In addition, your session can be recorded for immediate playback to improve the learning environment and allow you to make adjustments to your performance style for that particular setting.


In 2015, Ottawa University became the first All Steinway School in Kansas. This is an honor that only a few other colleges and universities have achieved. It shows a commitment to excellence for our faculty and all students who take part in the music ensembles.



The Music program promotes an understanding and appreciation of musical expression as part of a liberal arts education. Increase your knowledge of theory and history across diverse musical cultures. Develop your abilities through ear-training, sight-singing, orchestration, composition, conducting and performance.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music - Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Music - Vocal Performance

Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

Bachelor of Music Education (BME) - PreK-12 Intrumental

Bachelor of Music Education (BME) - PreK-12 Vocal


At Ottawa University, whether you sing or play an instrument, there is a place for you in one of our performance ensembles. Some ensembles are open to all, while others require an audition for membership. Each ensemble has regularly scheduled rehearsals. It is not uncommon for Ottawa University ensembles to perform nationally and internationally.

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Braves Music is looking for new students to join our ensembles! Whether you plan to major in music or something else, scholarships are available for your talent and passion.

Music scholarships are based on music ability and department need. Students are expected to demonstrate satisfactory performance and musicianship skills in the audition through the performance of appropriate repertoir and other audition requirements. The amount of the scholarship award is directly proportionate to the student's level of preparation and the quality of their performance at the time of the audition.

Audition Requirements

  • Any repertoire that you have prepared as a soloist for regional or state music festivals is appropriate for your audition. You are strongly encouraged to select an audition piece or pieces that are accompanied and to thoroughly practice with the accompaniment in preparation.

  • Instrumentalists should prepare a solo, etude or movement from a larger work.

  • Vocalists should prepare two contrasting songs.


Our upcoming Scholarship Days will be on:

  • Saturday, September 25, 2021
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021
  • Monday, February 21, 2022
  • Saturday, April 2, 2022
  • Friday, June 17, 2022

We will offer both face-to-face and virtual options for this event. Be sure to RSVP below.

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Our faculty members have performed at locations as far reaching as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Lincoln Center in New York City, the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, and even the National Music Hall in Taipei! They can also be found closer to home in Kansas City jazz clubs and at the helm of orchestras in neighboring locales. Sharing the stage with musicians from the Temptations to Yo-Yo Ma, these professors are also professionals who continue to perfect their craft.

Kevin Maret, DMA

Kevin Maret, DMA

Director of Bands - OUKS
Assistant Professor of Music

Chair, Creative Arts Division

Eric Bradshaw, MM

Eric Bradshaw, MM

Director of  Music Outreach and Athletic Bands

Serena Eichhorn, MM

Serena Eichhorn, MM

Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choral Music

Dan Thomas, MA

Dan Thomas, MA

Interim, Director of Jazz Studies

Associate Professor of Music

Tara Curtis, DMA

Tara Curtis, DMA

Adjunct Faculty, Voice

Matthew Ferrandino, MA

Matthew Ferrandino, MA

Adjunct Instructor

Aaron Linscheid, MM

Aaron Linscheid, MM

Adjunct Instructor, Trumpet

Matt McGrory, ME

Matt McGrory, ME

Adjunct Instructor, Applied Bass 

Brent Mead, MM

Brent Mead, MM

Adjunt Professor, Trombone

Ivy Lu Wang, DMA

Ivy Lu Wang, DMA

Adjunct Instructor, Piano

Mandy Wang, DMA

Mandy Wang, DMA

Adjunct Instructor, Violin

Arts & Performances


Music Scholarship Audition Date

Friday, Jun 17, 2022 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Ottawa University Campus • 1001 S. Cedar Street, Ottawa, KS 66067

Add to Calendar 6/17/2022 8:00:00 AM 6/17/2022 5:00:00 PM America/Phoenix Music Scholarship Audition Date Ottawa University Campus • 1001 S. Cedar Street, Ottawa, KS 66067

Students interested in auditioning for a music scholarship should attend this audition date.

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