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Student Organizations

The Department of Music sponsors the following student organizations, and encourages all majors and non-majors to consider participation and membership.

American Choral Directors Association

The Otterbein student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) helps students connect with the professional side of choral conducting before securing their first teaching/conducting position. All students who believe that choral conducting may be a part of their future are invited to join. Membership can begin any time, and students are invited to attend one or two meetings before they commit to membership. Meetings include special topics of concern to choral directors such as vocal health and physiology, choral repertoire, and listening to recordings of the world’s top choral ensembles, often with special guests. The organization also takes field trips to hear live performances of outstanding choral ensembles. For more information, please contact Dr. Gayle Walker.

Delta Omicron

Delta Omicron (DO) is a national music honorary that is based upon service through music. Students are invited to join in spring quarter and invitations are sent out based on grades received in music classes. Otterbein’s chapter of DO, Omicron Alpha, is active throughout the year. Meetings are held once a week throughout each quarter. The main event during the year is “Music and Romance,” an evening of vocal and instrumental jazz with dancing and desserts. Ticket sales are used to raise funds for scholarships to assist students who wish to travel abroad with the Department’s ensembles. For more information about Delta Omicron, please contact Dr. Jennifer Merkowitz.

Red Grove Entertainment

Red Grove Entertainment is Otterbein's student-run record label, providing music industry experience through professional development opportunities and the daily operation of a working business.  For more information, contact faculty advisor Eric Van Wagner.

Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association

Otterbein's chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association (OCMEA) is one of the largest in the state. Music Education majors are required to join this organization to fulfill their course requirements. This organization is the collegiate “arm” of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and is open to all music majors, but is geared toward enhancing the music education curriculum.

OCMEA coordinates several opportunities throughout the year to take lessons learned in the classroom and convert them into applicable teaching experiences. Projects have included teaching music workshops at Harrison Street Elementary School and preparing a lessons and activities book to accompany the Westerville Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts.

There are also social events and fundraisers, proceeds of which go to a scholarship fund for student teachers. A highlight of the year is the annual OMEA Conference, where there are numerous opportunities to attend concerts and clinics, and to network with teachers from across the state. There will be a picnic for incoming freshman music education majors and others wishing to learn more about OCMEA at the beginning of Autumn Semester. For more information, please contact Dr. Amy Chivington.

Otterbein Future Music Teachers Association

Otterbein has a chapter of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) called OFMTA (Otterbein Future Music Teachers Assocation). The national group was formed to give independent music teachers a resource for networking and to provide professional opportunities and further training. Students who are currently teaching private lessons on any instrument or voice or would like to get started are invited to join the group. For more information, please contact Dr. Nick Ross.

Kappa Kappa Psi

The Gamma Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was re-established in early 2009 for the benefit of any student in an Otterbein University band. KKPsi provides the initiative behind many different functions, such as fundraising and post-concert receptions. The goal as a chapter is to assist the Otterbein Bands financially in travel, new instrument purchases, special events, and logistics with the concert ensembles and athletic bands throughout the academic year.  For more information, contact Dr. Michael Yonchak.


/ 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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