The OUKS campus in Ottawa, Kan., will have an 11 a.m. delayed start on Wednesday, Feb. 20, due to inclement weather. Classes will begin at 11 a.m., and administrative offices will open at the same time.
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 University 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.
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.
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.
University Concert Choir, founded in 1938, is Ottawa University’s premiere choral ensemble. Its membership is determined by audition and is open to all students. The University Concert Choir’s history of excellence in choral music calls upon its singers to maintain high levels of individual musicianship and ensemble skills as they perform music spanning the history of all choral 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, in on-campus concerts, and tours annually during the spring semester, both nationally and internationally.
Bravo! 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 the University Concert Choir.
The Brave Jazz Ensemble is the premier large group in 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. Jazz Ensemble will perform campus concerts as well as attend regional and national jazz festivals. Emphasis will be mastery of the best in standard and contemporary big band music and performances will feature a balance of musical styles. Students are encouraged to contribute their own original arrangements and compositions. Participation in jazz ensemble gives students tools for section playing, composition, improvisation, jazz pedagogy, and critical listening skills. Although membership is limited to one person per part, jazz ensemble is open to all University students that play woodwind, brass, and rhythm section instruments. Selection and placement are by audition at the beginning of each semester.