Directed by Dr. Drake Dantzler, recent full productions have included works by Mozart, Menotti, Puccini, and Monteverdi, and scenes productions have been drawn from works that date from the early 17th century to exciting contemporary operas.
|Oakland University Choral & Vocal Events|
Oakland University Honors Vocal Day
"A Night at the Academy Awards"
University Chorus and Oakland Chorale
Oakland University Wind Symphony
The Wind Symphony (MUE 331) is Oakland University’s premier wind band comprised of undergraduate and graduate student musicians selected annually through competitive audition. Under the direction of Director of Bands, Dr. Gregory Cunningham, the Wind Symphony maintains an active schedule of concerts both on and off campus, with most recent performance highlights that include a three-day Michigan mini-tour and conference performance at the 2009 Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Many Wind Symphony graduates have gone on to pursue graduate study in performance (with assistantships/fellowships) at such schools as the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, New Mexico State University and Northwestern State University (LA). Music education graduates of this ensemble are active music educators throughout the United States with positions at the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels.
Oakland University Symphonic Band
Founded in 2006, the Oakland University Symphonic Band (MUE 329) is a concert band comprised of student musicians drawn from all majors within Oakland University, and is open to all university students without audition. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Jeffrey Heisler, performs concerts on the Oakland University campus with repertoire drawn from the finest of contemporary and traditional band literature.
Oakland University Brass Band
Founded in January of 2010, the newest instrumental ensemble on Oakland’s campus is the Oakland University Brass Band (MUE 374). Under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Kroesche, this traditional British brass band enjoys an active performance schedule, and was recently named the 2010 Winner of the National Brass Band Association competition (Section Three) held in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Golden Grizzlies Band
Comprised of over 100 students from the Oakland University campus community, the Golden Grizzlies Band (MUE 332) performs at many university activities, including all Oakland University men’s and women’s basketball games. The Golden Grizzlies Band travels with the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s teams for annual conference tournaments and post-season play. In 2010, the Golden Grizzlies Band accompanied the men’s basketball team to the first round of the NCAA conference tournament (Western Region) in Milwaukee, WI. The Golden Grizzlies Band is under the supervision of Dr. Kenneth Kroesche.
University Chamber Orchestra
Founded in January of 2010, the University Chamber Orchestra (MUE 376) is open to all Oakland University students who play violin, viola, cello or bass, subject to audition and/or director approval. Under the direction of Professor Alan MacNair, Adjunct Instructor of Orchestral Ensembles, this chamber orchestra performs two concerts per semester with repertoire drawn from the past 350 years. Concerts take place at Varner Hall on the Oakland University Campus, and feature classics from the String Orchestra repertoire, the Chamber Orchestra repertoire, as well as alternative literature.
University Chamber Ensembles
The Department of Music Theatre and Dance offers a comprehensive list of small ensemble offerings that serve as an integral aspect of the instrumental culture at Oakland University. Students interested in participating in these ensembles are asked to contact the instructor of record for further information.
Chamber Ensemble – mixed instrumentation (MUE 380, section 001)
Flute Ensemble (MUE 372)
Clarinet Ensemble (MUE 380, section 002)
Saxophone Ensemble (MUE 371)
Percussion Ensemble (MUE 373)
Guitar Ensemble (MUE 370)
Steel Band (MUE 346)
African Ensemble (MUE 345)
|OU Jazz Calendar|
Regina Carter and the Oakland Jazz Quartet
Oakland University Jazz Singers and the Oakland Jazz Quartet
OU Jazz at Cliff Bell's Jazz Club
Jazz Double Bass Concert featuring Miles Brown and Jeff Pedraz
Children’s Concert: Regina Carter with the Oakland Jazz Quartet
Oakland University Jazz Singers and the Oakland Jazz Quartet
OU Jazz Band
The OSO performs a series of four concerts annually, three in Oakland's Varner Recital Hall and the final concert of each season in a venue such as Orchestra Hall at the Max. M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. For the series finale, the Oakland Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra to perform a major work for chorus and orchestra. The orchestra also holds an annual concerto competition that offers Oakland music students an opportunity to perform as soloists with the orchestra at the David Daniels Young Artists Concert, each February.
Having the Oakland Symphony in residence at Oakland University provides an exciting and unique experience for our students and for the community. View the OSO page for more information.
The Oakland University African Drum and Xylophone Ensemble, known as Akwaaba, studies and performs drumming and xylophone traditions from Ghana and Uganda.
The Oakland University Steel Band, known as Pan-Jumbies, studies and performs steel pan and drum traditions from Trinidad, other Caribbean Islands, and South America.
The Oakland University World Percussion Ensemble, known as Ngoma, is an auditioned group that studies and performs diverse global percussion music, including traditions from Africa, India, and the Americas.
music educators, in a program that prepares students for careers on stage and in the classroom.
Students enjoy small class sizes and significant performance opportunities in a variety of ensembles, in recital and master class settings.
Music students enjoy opportunities for collaborations and multi-discipline performance and training opportunities, in cooperation with the dance and theatre programs. Our music education program prepares teachers to be independent thinkers, decision-makers and innovators, providing them with tools for a lifetime of professional and personal growth.
Our faculty includes professional musicians who have achieved national and international reputations for their innovative ideas on teaching and musical understanding. Through coursework, fieldwork and internship experiences, students learn innovative principles and practices that apply across a variety of educational settings, preparing them to meet the professional challenges of the future.
Meet our Keyboard Faculty
Dr Tian Tian began her piano training at the age of four in her native China. Upon arriving in the United States, she studied with Logan Skelton and quickly began amassing top prizes at national and international competitions. These included 2nd prize at the MTNA Baldwin Junior High school Piano Competition, 2nd prize at the Cooper International Piano Competition (Oberlin), 1st prize at the Idyllwild Arts Academy Young Artist Competition, 2nd prize at the Missouri Southern International Competition, and 3rd place at the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.
She continued her training at the Juilliard School, where she received B.M. and M.M. degrees under the tutelage of Robert McDonald. In the fall 2011 Tian completed a D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Literature with a minor in Chamber Music and Accompanying at the Eastman School of Music where she was a student of (and served as teaching assistant to) Nelita True. Dr. Tian maintains a busy performance schedule in the U.S and abroad. Solo appearances have included music festivals such as Piano Texas, the Gilmore Festival, and Summer Courses with Arie Vardi (Germany). Recent concerto appearances included the Windsor Symphony and the Idyllwild Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Studzinsky Trio, she has recently performed in the U.S., China, and Korea.
Since 2011, Dr. Tian has taught at the University of Missouri. Her students have repeatedly performed well in competitions and festivals. Since 2008, she has returned to China annually to present concerts, lectures and masterclasses, which have earned her the title of Honorary Professor at Shandong Normal University and Yunnan Institute for the Arts (in 2008), Shaoxing Academy of the Arts (2009), Weifang Academy, Mudanjiang Teacher’s University, Ludong University, Qufu University (2010), Qingdao University (2012), and Shandong University of Technology (2015).
Dr. Rebecca Happel, applied piano instructor, coordinator of accompanying, and chamber music
instructor, has performed as a soloist, duo-pianist, and collaborative pianist in the U.S. and in Europe. She is a frequent performer in chamber music recitals, on series including the Scarab Club and Meadow Brook Music Society Concert Series. Dr. Happel also teaches as part of the applied piano faculty at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she studied with the late Gyorgy Sandor, protégé of Bela Bartok. She also studied piano and holds certification from the Music Conservatory of Vienna, Austria. She trained in opera coaching at DePaul University, with renowned conductors Eduardo Muller and Jeffrey Tate. A frequent lecturer and adjudicator throughout the State, Dr. Happel also is coordinator of Oakland University’s annual Piano Day which attracts students across the State for mini diagnostic lessons and competition opportunities. Her students have won competitions and scholarships in the U.S. and abroad.
Bachelor of Music in Performance — Piano
Designed for students who wish to perform at the professional level.With the guidance of artist faculty, students receive intensive performance experience in private lessons, master classes, and ensembles. Many graduates of this program go on to the nation's finest music schools to pursue graduate degrees and receive additional training.
Master of Music in Performance — Piano
Requires admission into the Graduate School. Students interested in this program must be able to demonstrate exceptional musical and technical skill on their chosen instrument. Admittance is contingent upon a successful audition and interview with members of the applied faculty.
Master of Music in Pedagogy — Piano
This program enables music education professionals to expand and extend their expertise in music and music education. Program plans are designed to meet students’ individual needs and interests. Courses are offered in evenings and summers to accommodate professional schedules. Students have opportunities for study, performance, research and apprenticeship.