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          newsletter                   May 2013             Volume 27  

A Magical Night with MaTilDa
 The Fourteenth Annual MaTilDa Awards were held on Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. As usual, it was a wonderful night of celebration and entertainment. We invite those of you who were not able to attend in person to enjoy these photos, all taken by Rick Smith. And we offer our congratulations to all the awardees, but especially the graduating seniors who are leaving us this month and moving on to the next phase of their lives. To see more photos, visit our Facebook page at
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May News
  Everyone in the music program was very proud to hear that the Oakland University Brass Band acquitted themselves so well recently at the North American Brass Band Championships (NABBA), which is a truly nation-wide event. They performed in the First Section, the only collegiate group in a field of eight ensembles from across the United States. They were competing against bands whose adult members' abilities ranged from serious amateur to trained professional. The OU Brass Band took third place, a wonderful achievement. The ensemble is one of only a handful of collegiate brass bands in the country and offers a very special opportunity for a young musician who plays a brass instrument.
  At the championship there is also a solo and ensemble competition. The OU Brass Band's principal solo cornet, Emily Maas, was named the third place winner of the High Brass Slow Melody Solo Competition. Congratulations Emily!
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Life in the Performing Arts in California
  What is life in the performing arts, California-style, really like? Can an OU grad make it in the tough world of show business? We asked two of our alums to tell us how their careers were progressing.
  Jason Beaubien graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in theatre performance. He grew up in Oak Park and Berkley, was home schooled for a while and attended small private schools the rest of the time. But after graduation he was undaunted by the thought of big city life and set out for New York City, where he spent the next three and a half years. He worked on a few national tours, did some regional theatre and a show "off-off Broadway." Then, although he thought the training he got at OU was "really great," he decided it was time to work more on his craft, and he enrolled at the prestigious and very selective Harvard American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School, to work on his M.F.A.
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Saturday, 5/4
Brass Day

Friday, 5/17, 10am, 7pm
Saturday, 5/18, 2pm,7pm
Sunday, 5/19, 2pm

Saturday, 5/18-
Sunday, 5/19
Jazz Workshop with Regina Carter

Sunday, 6/16-
Friday, 6/21
Band Camp

Monday, 6/17-
Friday, 6/28
Theatre Arts Workshops

Thursday, 6/20
World Music Summer Concert

Monday, 6/24-
Friday, 6/28
Strings Camp

Monday, 7/8-
Friday, 7/19
Great Lakes Dance Festival

Monday, 7/15-
Friday, 7/19
Theory & Composition Workshop

Monday, 7/15-
Friday, 7/19
Computer Music Workshop

OU Theatre Season

Carrie - The Musical
October 10-20, 2013

Blithe Spirit
November 14-24, 2013

Under Milk Wood
February 6-16, 2014

March 20-30, 2014

Freckleface Strawberry
May 16-18, 2014

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