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The band, wind and percussion area has over 10 different ensembles, student performers from almost every major on campus, and a distinguished faculty of conductors and applied instructors.

Want to learn more about our bands?
Please contact Dr. Michael Yonchak at myonchak@otterbein.edu.

Download the 2012 Summer Newsletter here.


Band and Fall Wind Auditions
We are ready to audition any student who is interested in joining Otterbein Bands! This semester we will be using Smart Music to do auditions. Just follow the attached directions (linked above) and you'll be good to go! If you have any questions please email Dr. Underwood at MUnderwood@otterbein.edu. Remember anyone on campus, regardless of major, is welcome to play with one of the bands. You can do these auditions on your own time, using the computers in Battelle Fine Arts Center. Please submit your audition by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29. Thanks and we look forward to another great semester!

Attention: Band Directors! Otterbein to Host High School Honor Band Event
Otterbein University invites band directors and their students to participate in the first Otterbein University High School Honor Band to be held April 5-7, 2013. Click here to read more.

Attention: All NEW and RETURNING members of the Cardinal Marching Band
Please fill out the online early registration form here or print it out here and email it to Dr. Michael Yonchak as an attachment.

Auditions for Concert Ensembles
Students across campus, regardless of major, are encouraged to audition for placement in one of our concert bands.  Auditions will be held the first week of class on Monday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 29 beginning at 3:30 PM.  You may sign up for a time on the band bulletin board located outside Dr. Underwood's office (Battelle 112).  Students should be prepared to play the excerpts for their particular instrument along with all major scales.  You will also need to bring 4 copies of the completed audition application to the audition.  Any questions should be directed to Dr. Underwood at MUnderwood@otterbein.edu.

Audition Application

Audition Schedule with Room Assignments

Excerpts by Instrument
Bass Clarinet
French Horn

Prospective Band Students

We offer a unique blend of excellence in ensemble performance, superior private/applied teaching on your instrument, and personal attention that is hard to duplicate.

We welcome all students to our programs, whether music majors or non-majors. There is an ensemble home for everyone with the desire to play and perform, and there are finanical aid and music award opportunities for students from every major on campus.


Band, Wind and Percussion Area:
Dr. Margaret Underwood
Director of Band, Wind and Percussion Activities

Athletic Bands at Otterbein and the Athletic Bands Participation Award:
Professor Michael Yonchak
Assistant Director of Band, Wind and Percussion Activities
Director of Athletic Bands

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:
Teri Devlin
Arts Area Admissions Counselor


/ 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
e / edoyle@otterbein.edu


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Otterbein University is a 2012-13 Corporate Partner of the Ohio MEA.