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Department of Music

Music at Otterbein: Where the accent is on you!

As you walk through the Otterbein University Department of Music, you'll notice that it's alive—with music, with laughter, with students in the lounge, with professors talking to students. That's because Music at Otterbein is more than an education, it's an experience. 

Otterbein has an array of performance opportunities, including a full complement of bands, choirs, and orchestras, and active programs in jazz and opera. Our ensembles enjoy an outstanding reputation and have performed at regional and national conferences, and on tours throughout the country and abroad. Recent tours have been to China, France, Switzerland, Italy, New York and Washington, D.C. These ensembles are open to all students at Otterbein.

Otterbein's location just north of the city of Columbus is excellent for music students. Columbus is renowned for its many professional arts organizations, including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and The Jazz Arts Group. Students are given many opportunities to attend these and other concerts in and around Columbus.

The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Majors and Minors

We offer majors in Music, Music Education, Performance, and Music & Business. Students also can minor in arts administration, or audio production, or earn a music minor in conjunction with any other degree offered at Otterbein. You may also create an individualized major. Learn more.

Auditions and Awards

Music major candidates must complete an audition to be accepted into the Department of Music, and to be considered for a talent award. Students living further than 200 miles from Otterbein's campus in Westerville, OH are required to submit a digital audition via www.getacceptd.com, an online audition forum. Students interested in the Music Participation Award must also complete an audition.

You must be accepted to Otterbein University before scheduling your audition or before your digital audition will be reviewed.

Auditions for 2014-2015 are listed below. You will be on campus from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty and students. Learn more about the audition process on the Office of Admission website.

2014-2015 Music Audition Dates

  • Saturday, January 31
  • Saturday, February 14 (Participation Awards - Participation info)
  • Tuesday, February 24

See Theatre and Dance for Musical Theatre Audition Dates.

Department Handbook

See the Department of Music Student Handbook for more information about our program.

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Dennis Davenport
Chair
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.3138
e/ ddavenport@otterbein.edu

Conni Birri

Operations Manager
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.1508
e/ cbirri@otterbein.edu

Claire Brock
Program Manager
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.1504
e/ cbrock@otterbein.edu

Elizabeth Doyle
Arts Counselor
102 W. College Ave, Westerville
p/ 614.823.1219 or
1.800.488.8144
e/ edoyle@otterbein.edu

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