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Band, Wind, and Percussion Ensembles

Wind Ensemble

Dr. Margaret Underwood, Conductor

  • Made up of woodwind, brass, and percussion players.
  • Performs three to four times annually on campus.
  • Tours domestically and internationally during winter break. Recent destinations include Chicago, New York City, Italy, and Switzerland.
  • Membership requires an audition.

Jazz Ensemble

Jay Miglia, Director

  • The flagship group of the instrumental jazz area
  • concentrates on big band compositions and arrangements from the past 70 years, with an emphasis on more current music and historically significant pieces
  • Instrumentation may vary, but holds closely to the typical big band coterie of around 20 musicians
  • Membership requires an audition.

Chamber Music

Towers Brass Quintet
Ben Huntoon, Director/Coach

  • Plays advanced standard and contemporary literature.
  • Rehearses one hour per week.
  • Performs on and off campus and occasionally at official Otterbein functions.
  • Vacancies are filled by audition.

Flute Ensemble
Dr. Kimberlee Goodman, Director/Coach

  • Consists of four or more musicians.
  • Meets once a week each quarter.
  • Performs a minimum of once a quarter.
  • Featured annually at the Central Ohio Flute Association Festival in April.

Clarinet Choir
Hild Peersen, Director/Coach

  • Open to all students.
  • Students work on cuing, blending, intonation, musicality, playing solos, and accompaniments.
  • Students are encouraged to become acquainted with the auxiliary instruments of the clarinet family.
  • Featured in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band concerts, student art exhibitions, chamber music recitals, and off-campus student outreach programs.
  • Performs a vast repertoire of original works, jazz selections, and transcriptions of classical standards.

Saxophone Quartet
James Miglia, Director/Coach

  • Repertoire includes arrangements and original compositions from the Renaissance to 21st Century contemporary classical, jazz, and rock music.
  • Each quartet performs at least twice a year in a recital setting and may also perform at professional engagements.

Percussion Ensemble
Dr. Jack Jenny, Conductor

  • Performs the avant garde to the traditional marimba band or rudimental drum ensemble to percussion pops.
  • Performs during the fall and spring quarters, schedules run-outs to area schools, and has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
  • Membership is by audition.

Low Brass Ensemble
Dr. Joel Shonkwiler, Director/Coach

Horn Ensemble
Dr. Kimberly McCann, Director/Coach

Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Combos
Chris Berg and Karl Wohlwend, Directors

  • Forum for students to explore topics in form, improvisation, extended seventh-chord harmonic vocabulary, and a wide range of rhythmic concepts.
  • Instrumentation varies widely.
  • Open to all students.

The Anticipations
Eric Van Wagner, Director

  • Explores aspects of current music performance and production.
  • Members can opt to be the lead singer, take a supportive role with keyboard or percussion parts, or take a technical role.
  • Great experience in a working band.
  • Performs at least once each quarter.
  • Produces a CD each year in conjunction with our Audio Production students.
  • Open to all students.
  • More information is available at www.theanticipations.com.

Athletic Bands

Michael Yonchak, Director of Athletic Bands

  • Cardinal Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band
  • We offer Athletic Band Participation Awards to any wind, percussion, or visual performer interested in committing to membership in the athletic bands.
  • Open to all students.
  • More information is available on the Athletic Bands site.

/ Department of Music

Conni Birri
Operations Manager
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.1508
e/ cbirri@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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