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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.

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.

 

Music Programs

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.

Performance Opportunities at Ottawa

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. 

Music Scholarships

Music scholarships are available to prospective music majors and non-music majors. Financial awards 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 accompianiment in preparation.
  • Instrumentalists should prepare a solo, etude or movement from a larger work.
  • Vocalists should prepare two contrasting songs.

Auditions will be held at the Ottawa University campus, Ottawa, Kansas. If you are unable to attend an on-campus audition, please reach out to Jessica Freyermuth to make other arrangements.

Music Auditions

Music scholarships are awarded based on the student's potential to contribute to the musical ensemble for which they are auditioning. Students are expected to demonstrate satisfactory performance and musicianship skills in the audition through the performance of appropriate repertoire and other audition requirements. The amount of the scholarship awarded is directly proportionate to the student’s level of preparation and the quality of their performance at the time of the audition.

Auditions will be held at the Ottawa University campus, Ottawa, Kansas. There are NO reserved dates for auditions. Individual auditions can be scheduled on any date during which school is in session or on weekends. To schedule an audition date and time, contact:

Jessica Freyermuth
Director of Music Program Outreach
785-248-2342
jessica.freyermuth@ottawa.edu


Audition Recommendations

Instrumental: Orchestral Strings, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion

  • Two (2) short contrasting pieces (solos, excerpts of standard ensemble repertoire, or etudes), should be prepared that demonstrate a.) slow, melodic passages, and b.) faster, more articulated passages.
  • Major Scales in two (2) octaves when possible
  • Sight-reading.

Voice

  • Vocalization: You will be lead through a series of vocalization exercises created to demonstrate the range and tonal characteristics of your voice.
  • Performance: If you have a prepared vocal solo (an art song is preferred), please bring it with you to sing. If not, you will be asked to sing a familiar song with the words and music to be provided for you.
  • Sight Singing: One or two very simple eight measure melodies will be given to you at the audition for unaccompanied sight singing. You will be given the first pitch. You can sing the melodies on "lah," "loo," or any sight singing system you choose.
  • Pitch Retention: Repeat four and five note melodic patterns which will be played for you on the piano. Sing on "lah."
  • Rhythmic Identification: A series of rhythmic patterns will be played for you to identify on a printed score.

Attend the 2019 OUKS Summer Jazz Day to get hands on instruction from dedicated faculty at Ottawa University Kansas in Ottawa, Kansas. 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 is $10 and will be paid on the day of the OUKS Summer Jazz Day.

If you have questions regarding OUKS music programs or about the OUKS SUmmer Jazz Day, please contact Jessica Freyermuth directly at jessica.freyermuth@ottawa.edu or 785-248-2342.

Music Department Faculty

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.

Charles Dickinson, MA

Charles Dickinson, MA

Adjunct Instructor, Piano

Serena Eichhorn, MM

Serena Eichhorn, MM

Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choral Music

Jessica Freyermuth, PhD

Jessica Freyermuth, PhD

Instructor in Music
Director of Music Program Outreach

Ezgi Karakus, DMA

Ezgi Karakus, DMA

Adjunct Instructor, Cello

Aaron Linscheid, MM

Aaron Linscheid, MM

Adjunct Instructor, Trumpet

Keith Mallory

Keith Mallory

Adjunct Instructor, Percussion

Kevin Maret, DMA

Kevin Maret, DMA

Director of Bands - OUKS
Assistant Professor of Music

Michael Pagán, DMA

Michael Pagán, DMA

Associate Professor of Music
Chair, Department of Music

Brian Scarborough, MM

Brian Scarborough, MM

Adjunct Instructor, Trumbone

Jeff Shirley, BM

Jeff Shirley, BM

Adjunct Instructor, Guitar

Alyssa Toepfer, MM

Alyssa Toepfer, MM

Adjunct Faculty, Voice

Todd R. Wilkinson, DMA

Todd R. Wilkinson, DMA

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Jazz Studies

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