School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

Workshops and Youth Ensembles

Music, Theatre and Dance at OU offers community members an opportunity to participate in workshops on our spacious wooded campus in suburban Rochester Hills, Michigan. Our workshops are taught by our faculty and by guest performers and teachers.

These outstanding arts performance workshops combine an open and collaborative atmosphere with rigorous standards and excellent teaching.

OU works to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders. Learn more about our initiatives at the Youth Protection website.

Refunds will be given up to one week prior to the event date. Cancellations within one week of the event date will not be refunded.

For more information, please contact
Percussion Day

Saturday, January 13, 2018
9am to 6pm
Free Admission
Click here to pre-register (not required)

Percussion Day Schedule

A feast of percussion from around the world, featuring workshops and individual lessons with Sean Dobbins, Patrick Fitzgibbon, Dan Maslanka, and Mark Stone as well as workshops with Michael Medvinsky and Sam Jeyasingham

Open to all ages. Workshops cover a wide range of percussion areas (see descriptions below). Please bring a sack lunch as well as music and mallets/sticks for your optional individual lesson. Sign up for these 20-minute lessons will take place on site the morning of Percussion Day.

Questions?  Contact Professor Mark Stone at

Note:  Parents and Teachers are welcome to attend!

Voice Day
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Oakland University is pleased to invite you to join us at the School of Music Theatre and Dance for our annual Voice Day. This year, the focus will be on vocal function and health. Our guest speaker is Dr. Adam Rubin from the Lake Shore Ear Nose and Throat Center. Before attending medical school, he was a professional actor and singer, member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He has performed in musicals and plays at off-Broadway and regional theaters, as well as in a national tour. Along with a colleague from Speech pathology, Dr. Rubin will walk us through the anatomical function of the singing voice and offer tips to maintain healthy function for vocal longevity. Singers of all ages and skill levels will leave with a new understanding of the inner workings of the voice.

noon-3 p.m. Dr. Adam Rubin, Lakeshore ENT Speech Pathology Team present "Vocal Health and Function"
3:15-3:45 p.m. Voice and Music Education study at OU: Q&A with OU voice faculty
3:45-5:30 p.m. Performance Workshop with OU voice faculty
7:30 p.m. Martha (up to 2 complimentary tickets per Voice Day participant)

Free admission Click here to register!

Clarinet Solo and Ensembles Day

Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Free admission
Click here to register!

Clarinetists in grades 9-12 are invited to perform solo and ensemble works in preparation for Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Oakland University clarinet professor George Stoffan will offer suggestions for soloists and ensembles. Clarinet ensembles, as well as mixed ensembles, are encouraged to perform.

Even if students have already performed in a Solo and Ensemble Festival, this session can help in preparation for performances at the state level. All will benefit from the opportunity to perform for all in attendance and from the feedback from Professor Stoffan.

Note:  Parents and Teachers are welcome to attend!

Piano Day

Sunday, January 28, 2018
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $35 for Piano Day; $40 for Piano Day and Competition (parents and teachers can observe for free!)

Online registration is now closed. Please contact

  • In our new format, every student (ages 12–18) will have a private mini-lesson with an Oakland University piano faculty member and have the option to participate in the Oakland Piano Day Competition. 
  • Piano Day repertoire requirement: 1 solo work. Memory encourage, but not required.
  • Competition Details:
    • Age Groups and Performance Times
      • Ages 12-15  |  10 minutes
      • Ages 16-18  |  12 minutes
    • Repertoire Requirements
      • Two memorized, contrasting solo works
    • Prizes
      • Winners in each group will receive cash prizes, scholarships to the OU Piano Camp as well as future performance opportunities

Questions? Please contact Dr. Tian,

Piano Camp
June 18 - 22, 2018
Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Click here to register!

Ages 12-17
Fee:  $395. Discounts available for return participants, siblings, 2018 Piano Day competition winners, and Oakland University faculty and staff.

Click here to download the poster!

The piano program at Oakland University presents its 2018 Piano Camp for pianists 12-17 years of age. This camp is recommended for intermediate to advanced piano students. Younger pianists will be considered upon recommendation of the faculty. 

Activities include:

  • Daily Lessons
  • Duet Classes
  • Composition Classes
  • Master Classes
  • Special Guest Presentations
  • Performance Opportunities
For more information, call (248) 370-2030 or email Rebecca Happel at or Tian Tian at .

Golden Grizzlies Jazz Camp
June 18-22, 2018
Monday through Thursday 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Varner Hall on the campus of Oakland University  |  Friday evening performance off-campus

Join the Oakland University jazz faculty for the inaugural Golden Grizzlies Jazz Camp. This week-long camp will give young jazz students the opportunity to rehearse and perform in jazz combos and to attend workshops in composing/arranging, jazz concepts and styles, improvisation, jazz ensemble techniques, entrepreneurship and leadership. Students will learn a variety of genres including straight-ahead jazz, Latin, funk and more. Click here to download the flyer!

Ages: students entering 9th – 12th grade

• Sean Dobbins (director) 
• Scott Gwinnell (instructor)
• Marion Hayden (instructor)
• Mark Stone (special guest, world music)

Audition Procedure:
• Record audio or video of yourself performing one  jazz  excerpt that best demonstrates your playing abilities.
• Email that file to by  Tuesday, May 15, 2018 .
• Our  jazz  faculty will review the files, and you will be notified by email if you have been chosen for this year’s Grizzly  Jazz   Camp .
• If you have been accepted, you will be emailed a registration link. Tuition for the Golden Grizzlies  Jazz  Camp  is $200.
Questions? Email Danny DeRose at
Dance Day

For information about Dance Day please contact:
Gregory Patterson

Attention all high school band/choir/orchestra directors. We’d love to have your students join us for three exciting ensemble events, as high school musicians from across the state come to the Oakland University campus to rehearse and perform with OU faculty and guest clinicians.

Membership in these ensembles will be based on teacher nominations. Nominate your students today!
  • Click on the appropriate ensemble to submit nominations

Questions? Contact .

Oakland University Honors Orchestra
November 10-12, 2017
Fee $40 

Nomination deadline is  Monday, October 16, 2017

  • Corsair Overture by Hector Berlioz with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra winds and brass
  • Fourth movement (Finale) of Serenade for Strings by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
  • Andantino from String Quartet by Claude Debussy, arranged by Lucas Drew

Questions? Contact .

Oakland University Honors Vocal Day
October 28, 2017 
Fee $35

Nomination deadline is Thursday, October 5, 2017

  • Students will rehearse and perform as part of the Oakland University Honor Choir with Trey Jacobs, guest conductor. Mr. Jacobs is the Director of Choral Studies at the Nashville School of the Arts.
  • Individual voice lessons with Oakland University voice faculty for selected students from each school
  • Question and answer session with Oakland University music students
  • Performance by the Oakland University Chorale and the Oakordz
  • Lunch provided
Click here to download the 2017 Honors Vocal Day schedule.

Literature for the 2017 Oakland University Honor Choir:
Mungu Ni Pendo, Edward G. Robinson, arr. Gower/  Colla Voce 36-20122
Kyrie Eleison, from Missa Brevis K 275, Mozart, editor Jim Leininger AMP 0505  
Sisi ni Moja, Jake Narverud, SBMP 1338
The Human Heart from Once on This Island, Stephen Flaherty, arr. Andy Beck, Alfred 28737
Questions? Contact .

Oakland University Honor Band
November 17-18, 2017
Fee $20

Nomination deadline is  Monday, October 2, 2017
2017 Honor Band Schedule

Questions? Contact .