Performance Arts


The Theatre Department annually presents at least three major productions. These productions vary in scope and type, including traditional works, musicals, contemporary works, dinner theater, and experimental theater. The productions offer students a wide variety of opportunities to experience theater and become involved in all aspects of theatre productions.

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Drama Club

The Drama Club promotes creativity and fellowship in the theatrical arts by focusing upon common goals. Drama Club organizes social functions such as the Theatre Picnic, Improv workshops, Theatre Awards Night, attends shows at area theatres, supports KCACTF attendees, and organizes community service projects often related to theatre production activities

University Band

The University Band is the premier large wind and percussion ensemble at Ottawa University. The band consists of OU music majors, non-music majors, and community members joining together to perform the finest band/wind ensemble music. Repertory form both traditional and contemporary genres provides for great learning and performance experiences. Participation in the OU University/Community Band is by audition and invitation. The band rehearses weekly and presents public performances in both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Members from this band also perform in the University Pep Band which provides exciting entertainment at home football and basketball games.

University Pep Band

The University Pep Band is a non-credit instrumental ensemble that performs at all home football and basketball games. The pep band is open to all OU students with an interest in having fun playing popular, contemporary and rock tunes to generate excitement and support for their fellow student athletes. No audition is required.

University Concert Choir

The 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. 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.

Jazz Singers

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.

Brave Jazz Ensemble

The Brave Jazz Ensemble is the premier large group 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. 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.

University Orchestra

The University Orchestra performs the great works for symphonic and chamber orchestra, with a diverse repertoire that ranges from Baroque to Contemporary. Using the most scholarly editions available to create a fresh approach to the standard repertoire, the members of the ensemble include OU students and faculty, music students from area colleges, and teachers from the Ottawa Suzuki Strings Institute. Highlights of the concert year include an annual Baroque program, collaborations with students from the Suzuki program, and the yearly Christmas Vespers concert. Distinguished musicians from the area are invited to perform as soloists, thus providing Ottawa students with a unique musical experience. Membership is open by audition.