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.
Why Ottawa U?
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.
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.
The Brave Jazz Combos are chamber ensembles consisting of three to eight members, striving to achieve the highest possible standards in performance. The combos perform a wide range of classic and original material, selected from the best in jazz, and students are encouraged to create original arrangements and compositions for the ensemble. Students will study jazz improvisation, jazz ensemble balance and interaction, a variety of jazz stylistic awareness, small group jazz history, and jazz pedagogy. Each combo rehearses two hours per week. Jazz Combos will perform in concerts and regional and national jazz festivals. Although membership is limited, jazz combos is open to all OU students that play woodwind, brass, and rhythm section instruments. Selection and placement are by audition at the beginning of each semester.
The Brave Jazz Ensemble is the flagship in OU Jazz Studies. It is an 18-piece chamber group featuring rhythm, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone sections, striving to achieve the highest possible standards in performance. The Jazz Ensemble performs campus concerts and attends regional and national jazz festivals. Emphasis is on mastery of the best in standard and contemporary big band music and all performances feature a variety of musical styles. Participation in jazz ensemble gives students tools for better section playing, composition, improvisation, jazz pedagogy, and critical listening skills, and they are encouraged to contribute their own original arrangements and compositions. Although membership is limited to one person per part, jazz ensemble is open to all OU students that play woodwind, brass, and rhythm section instruments. Selection and placement are by audition at the beginning of each semester.
The Braves Drum Line is an integral part of the Braves Pep Band. The drum line is a crowd favorite at sporting and community events. This is a student-led group under the direction of Dr. Kevin Marét. The Percussion Ensemble meets in the Spring semester and performs an eclectic and exciting variety of music. Participation is by audition and invitation.
The Braves Pep Band is an instrumental ensemble that performs at all home football games and select home basketball games. The pep band is open to all students with an interest in having fun playing popular rock, hip hop and standard pep band music to generate excitement and support for the OU student-athletes. No audition is required.
Jazz Singers is a select group of 12-16 voices with high expectations of commitment and singing skills. Although its primary focus is on the performance of standard and contemporary jazz repertoire, the ensemble also maintains a multi-functional identify by performing works of other choral styles as well. It performs in area churches, schools, and in on-campus concerts. Membership in Jazz Singers is by audition and is open only to members of Concert Choir.
The Concert Choir, founded in 1938, is Ottawa University’s premiere choral ensemble. Membership is open to all students regardless of major. Concert Choir performs choral music from the Renaissance through the 21st century from both Western and non-Western traditions. The University Concert Choir is the major choral ensemble called upon to sing for official University events and to appear on behalf of the University beyond the campus. It performs frequently in area churches and in on-campus concerts. The choir has toured nationally and internationally; recent travels include regional tours, New York City, and Rome.
The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Kevin Marét, is the premier wind and percussion ensemble at Ottawa University. The band consists of music majors and non-music majors who perform standard and new literature for band/wind ensemble. Repertory from both traditional and contemporary genres provides for great learning and performance experiences. Participation in Wind Ensemble is by audition and invitation. The band presents public performances in both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Members from this band also perform in the Braves Pep Band which provides exciting entertainment at home football and basketball games.
Vox Fortis is Ottawa University's newest ensemble comprised of treble voices. Members are strong, independent singers admitted by audition only who represent OU through a diverse assortment of majors, activities and athletic teams. Vox Fortis performs music from all choral traditions at area churches, on-campus concerts, and travels to perform for local high schools.
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.
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 accompianiment in preparation.
Instrumentalists should prepare a solo, etude or movement from a larger work.
Vocalists should prepare two contrasting songs.
Our upcoming spring Scholarship Days will be on:
February 15, 2021
March 27, 2021
We will offer both face-to-face and virtual options for this event. Be sure to RSVP below.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacts, the 2020 Summer Jazz Day has been cancelled.
However, we are looking forward to bringing back this event for 2021. You won't want to miss the the Ottawa University Summer Jazz Day! There you will get hands on instruction from dedicated faculty at Ottawa University Kansas in Ottawa, Kansas.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
The day begins at 9:00 a.m. and will include a series of workshops and instruction throughout the day. The day will conclude with a big band concert.
Registration will be $20 due on the day of the event! Register below.
If you have questions regarding OUKS music programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 785-248-2568.
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
Director of Bands - OUKS
Assistant Professor of Music
Chair, Creative Arts Division
Serena Eichhorn, MM
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choral Music
Todd R. Wilkinson, DMA
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Jazz Studies
Charles Dickinson, MA
Adjunct Instructor, Piano
Amber Kaul, MM
Adjunt Professor, Trombone
Aaron Linscheid, MM
Adjunct Instructor, Trumpet
Matt McGrory, ME
Adjunct Instructor, Applied Bass
Jeff Shirley, BM
Adjunct Instructor, Guitar
Mandy Wang, DMA
Adjunct Instructor, Violin
Arts & Performances
Summer Jazz Day
Saturday, Jun 19, 2021
Ottawa University Campus
6/19/2021 9:00:00 AM
6/19/2021 5:00:00 PM
Summer Jazz Day
Ottawa University Campus
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