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Department of Music

Music at Otterbein: Discover Your Future, One Note at a Time

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As you walk through the Battelle Fine Arts Center, home of the Department of Music at Otterbein, 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. In recent tours, students have traveled 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, Jazz Arts Group, the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University, Early Music in Columbus, and Chamber Music Columbus. Students may take advantage of 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.  You must complete your application to Otterbein before you may schedule an audition. 

Auditions for 2016 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.

2016 Music Audition Dates

  • Saturday, January 23
  • Saturday, February 13 (Participation Awards - Participation Information)
  • Tuesday, February 23 (CLOSED for voice and strings; all other instrumentalists may audition)
  • Saturday, March 19 (CLOSED for brass, woodwinds, and percussion; string players, vocalists, and pianists may still register)
Register for an Audition for the Department of Music

Department Handbook

See the 2015 Otterbein Department of Music Handbook for more information about our program.

/ Department of Music

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

Nicholas Ross
Associate Chair
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.1020
e/ nross@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

Jennifer Markovich
Arts Counselor
102 W. College Ave, Westerville
p/ 614.823.1219 or
e/ jmarkovich@otterbein.edu

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