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2014-2015 Choir Information

Prospective Choir Students

The Otterbein Choirs offer something for everyone. Jazz, pop, classical, and choral/orchestral works are performed by our choirs on a regular basis. Students of all majors sing in the choirs, and all of the ensembles are of the highest quality. There are finanical aid and music award opportunities for students from every major on campus. Students audition for choral placement.

The choral and vocal program at Otterbein has a long and distinguished tradition, reaching back as far as 1858. Today Otterbein has seven vocal ensembles performing a wide variety of repertoire, from Emmy Rossum to Brahms.

Otterbein’s choirs combine regularly to perform choral masterworks in conjunction with the Westerville Symphony. In addition, Otterbein choirs have performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and appear regularly at professional conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association and the American Choral Directors Association.

Auditions & Awards

On-Campus Auditions for Choir Ensembles
Students across campus, regardless of major, are encouraged to audition for placement in one of our choirs. Auditions will be held the weekend before classes begin, on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. You may sign up for a time on the bulletin board located in the Battelle Fine Arts Center lobby. Students do not need to bring a solo to the audition. If you have questions, contact Dr. Gayle Walker, gwalker@otterbein.edu or 614-634-0024.

Participation & Talent Awards
Participation awards are available for all majors. Talent awards are available for music majors by audition. Click here to learn more about our awards.

Otterbein Choirs

  • Camerata

  • Concert Choir

  • Opus One

  • Otterbein Vocal Ensemble

  • Otterbein Singers

  • Women's Chorale

In addition to the ensembles above, the Department of Music also sponsors the student-led ensemble Six in the City, a women's pop ensemble. Six in the City consists of six female singers who perform pop and jazz repertoire.The group frequently appears at jazz and pop concerts on campus, as well as community run-out concerts.

Otterbein also has a Gospel Choir. For more information, please contact LaJoyce Cain at 614-478-2737, or the Office of Student Affairs at 614-823-1589.

Choral Ensembles:
Dr. Gayle Walker
Director of Choral Activities

Solo Voice and Opera Theatre:
Dr. Karen Eckenroth

Department of Music and to schedule an audition:
Claire Brock
Program Manager, Otterbein Department of Music

Admission to Otterbein, the admission process, and general financial aid:
Elizabeth Doyle
Arts Area Admissions Counselor


/ Department of Music

Dennis Davenport
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
e/ edoyle@otterbein.edu

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