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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.

Join us for four 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.
  • Use the online form on this page when nominations open

Oakland University Honors Orchestra

October 9-11, 2015
Nominations Only
Fee $40 

Alan McNair, Director of the Oakland University Chamber Orchestra, and Gregory Cunningham, Director of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, conductors

Honors Orchestra members will be selected through director nominations.
• Second Annual Oakland University High School Honors Orchestra
•  October 9- 11, 2015 - Oakland University Varner Hall
• Professor Alan MacNair, Founding Director of the OU Chamber Orchestra
           Principal Clinician and Conductor
• Dr. Gregory Cunningham, Music Director  of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra
           Guest conductor
• Rehearse and perform with OU String Faculty and Oakland Symphony wind, brass and percussion section
Submit nominations your today!

For more information, contact Deneen Stapleton at We look forward to having your students join us in October for this exciting event!

Oakland University Honors Vocal Day
November 7, 2015 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nominations Only
Concert at 4:00 pm
Fee $30

Michael Mitchell, Oakland University Director of 
Choral Activities, conductor

Join us as Dr. Michael Mitchell, Oakland University Director of Choral Activities, and conductor, leads your students in a day of choral events. You may nominate up to 3 complete quartets and nominate one student from your top quartet to receive a lesson with a member of the Oakland University Voice Faculty.

Oakland University Voice Faculty:  Drake Dantzler, John Paul White, Edith Diggory, Alta Dantzler, Nadine Asher Washington, Barbara Bland, Melissa Maloney, Stephanie Michaels

Spots will fill quickly - download the form to submit your nominations today. 

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

We look forward to having your students join us in November for this exciting event!

Oakland University Honor Band
November 13-14, 2015
Nominations Only
Fee $20

The instrumental faculty at Oakland, along with Dennis Glocke, Director of Concert Bands, Penn State will be the clinicians.  The event will include a shared concert with the Oakland University Wind Symphony.

Friday, November 13

5:00-6:45 p.m. – Registration and chair placement

7:00-9:00 p.m. – Rehearsal


Saturday, November 14

9:00 a.m. – Rehearsal

11:00 a.m. – Sectionals with Oakland University Applied Faculty

Noon – Lunch

12:45 p.m. – Rehearsal

2:30 p.m. – Break

3:00 p.m. – Pre-concert rehearsal

3:30 p.m. – Concert (Honor Band and Oakland University Wind Symphony)

Honor Band members will be selected through director nominations . The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 25th. Please email or fax the nomination form to Deneen Stapleton:, or (248) 370-2041. The honor band roster will be emailed to directors by October 1, with more information about registration. We hope to select at least one student from all schools that submit 2 or more nominations. Please do not hesitate to contact Deneen Stapleton at (248) 370-2039 with any questions about the nomination process.

We also want to invite your students, their families and you to performances at OU. We have more than 100 music performances during the 2015-2016 season. For a complete list of events, please visit  If you would like complementary tickets to one of our performances, please email your request to

Submit nominations your today! 

We look forward to having your students join us in November for this exciting event!

Oakland University Honors Jazz Band
April 2, 2016
Nominations Only

Miles Brown, Oakland University Jazz Program Coordinator, director and Regina Carter, artist-in-residence.  
For more information, contact Deneen Stapleton at  

Rehearsal 1-4pm
Sunday, April 3rd
Rehearsal 10am-1pm  
Lunch 1pm-1:45pm
Sound check 1:45pm-2:30pm
Concert 3pm

We look forward to having your students join us in April 2016 for this exciting event!