Department of Music, Theatre
and Dance
Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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.

  • Great Lakes Dance Festival - full refund given if written notification received by June 15, 2015. 50% refund issued if written notification received by June 30, 2015. No refunds considered after June 30th without medical documentation.
For more information, contact Deneen Stapleton at
Percussion Day

Oakland University Percussion Day
134 Varner Hall 
Saturday, January 9, 2016
9am to 6pm

Free Admission - NO registration required

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, Sam Jeyasingham, and special guest artist Joe Locke.

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.

Click here for complete schedule of the day.

Clarinet and Saxophone Solo and Ensemble Day

Sunday, January 10, 2016
Free admission

Students in grades 7-12 are invited to perform solo and ensemble works in preparation for Solo and Ensemble Festivals.  Oakland University professors George Stoffan, clarinet, and Jeff Heisler, saxophone, will offer suggestions for soloists and ensembles.  Clarinet and saxophone 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 Professors Stoffan and Heisler.

To confirm your participation, please email  Deneen Stapleton with your name, school, grade and instrument.

Note: Parents and Teachers are welcome to attend!

Piano Day

Registration has now closed. Please contact, Dr. Rebecca Happel, to be added to the waiting list.  
2016 Piano Day - Sunday, January 31, 2016  Noon - 6pm

Students (ages 10-18) will enjoy a mini-private lesson with an Oakland University piano faculty member, special presentations, a recital by Oakland University piano students, and an Honors Recital by Piano Day participants. Cash prizes will be awarded after the Honors Recital.Repertoire Requirement: 1-2 Solo Pieces. Memory encourage, but not required. Teachers and parents observe for free!

Registration begins at 11 am.  

Registration Fee: $35.

Jazz Workshop
Saturday/Sunday, June 4-5, 2016
Register today!

Oakland University Jazz Workshop with Regina Carter and the Oakland Jazz Quartet
Join Regina Carter and the Oakland Jazz Quartet for our annual weekend-long jazz workshop. The workshop features combo clinics, listening sessions, an African xylophone (gyil) clinic, and more! 

Piano Camp
June 20-24, 2016
Fee $395
9 AM - 5 PM
Click here to register!

The Piano Department at Oakland University is pleased to announce a Piano Camp for young pianists 12-17 years of age. Younger pianists will be considered upon recommendation of the faculty. Activities include solo and ensemble lessons, musicianship classes, and performance. Note: This camp is not for beginning piano students.

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Dance Day
Saturday, March 5, 2016 

We apologize for any inconvenience.   Please email with any additional questions.

Great Lakes Dance Festival featuring the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble

July 2016

Tuition TBD

Dancers age 16 and Up.

For more information, contact Barbara at or call Eisenhower Dance studio at (248) 609-0370.

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

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Deneen Stapleton, at your earliest convenience.

Oakland University Honors Orchestra
November 11-13, 2016
Fee $40 

Nominate your students today! Nomination deadline is Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

To view the schedule, click here.

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Deneen Stapleton,  at your earliest convenience.

Oakland University Honors Vocal Day
October 8, 2016 
Fee $30

Nominate your students todayNomination deadline extended until Monday, September 19, 2016.

To view the schedule, click here.

Literature for the 2016 Oakland University Honor Choir:
Jubilate Deo, by Emily Crocker, published by Hal Leonard, 47110014
Keep Your Lamps, by Andre Thomas, published by Hinshaw, 1428499
Kyrie from Memorial, by Rene Clausen, published by Mark Foster, 35012155
Tres Cantos Nativos, by Marcos Leite, published by Earthsongs, S-68
All titles are available from Musical Resources, 1-800-377-0234 or

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Deneen Stapleton,, at your earliest convenience.

Oakland University Honor Band
November 18-19, 2016
Fee $20

Nominate your students today! Nomination deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016.

To view the schedule, click here.

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Deneen Stapleton, at your earliest convenience.