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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.

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.

  • OU Summer Strings Camp - a refund will be issued only if requested in writing by June 1, 2014.
  • Great Lakes Dance Festival - full refund given if written notification received by June 15, 2014. 50% refund issued if written notification received by June 30, 2014. No refunds considered after June 30th without medical documentation.
For more information, contact Deneen Stapleton at

Guitar Workshop

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Fee $20
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Guitar Workshop at Oakland University is for junior high and high school students to come and spend the day working with the guitar faculty and students in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. The students will be exposed to an intensive guitar experience focusing on basic improvisational skills, music reading, sight reading and an introduction guitar repertoire.

This year there will be an emphasis placed on what it takes to major in guitar in college and how to build a strong "guitar resume".

Schedule of events: (subject to change)
11:45 am Registration
Noon:        How to become a major or minor in music with guitar as your instrument
12:20 pm Classical guitar technique and exercises
1:00 pm    The basics of how to read music
1:45 pm    Classical guitar pieces
15 minute Break
2:00 pm    Jazz and guitar technique
2:30 pm    Basics of improvisation
3:00 pm    Jazz standards
3:30 pm   Popular music songs

Note: Parents and Teachers are welcome to attend for FREE!

Jazz Workshop

Featuring Regina Carter and the OU Jazz Quartet
Saturday-Sunday, June 21 - 22, 2014
Registration is closed.

Oakland University's jazz faculty, famed jazz violinist Regina Carter and the OU Jazz Quartet will lead two days of activities including combo rehearsals, listening classes, African xylophone sessions and more.

Non-traditional jazz instruments are welcome. The workshop will conclude on Sunday with a free concert open to the public.

Ages: 12 through adult.
Cost:  $20 non-refundable registration fee

Sunday, June 22, 2014 @ 3P - Combo and Embaire concert open to the public, family and friends in Varner Recital Hall

Piano Camp
June 23-27, 2014
Registration is closed.

We are happy to extend an invitation to all serious piano students to join us for our first annual Piano Camp here at Oakland University  This will be a fantastic experience for young pianists 8-17 years of age.  All students will participate in theory classes, master classes, choir and workshops during this week long camp.  Register directly online at the link below.  Please feel free to pass this information along to all interested. 
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Composition Workshops

Music Theory Bootcamp Workshop
Registration is now closed.
July 14 - 18, 2014

OU Music Prep's Music Theory Bootcamp is designed for high school students interested in studying music at the college level. Concepts learned will help students succeed in their music classes, and will also prepare students for music theory placement exams typically administered to incoming freshmen by most collegiate music programs.  Students will learn about key signatures, scales, intervals, triads, triad inversions, and Roman numeral analysis.  Topics will be reinforced through sight-singing exercises, dictation, and score analysis. Price: $220 Ages: 12-17

Computer Music Workshop
July 14 - 18, 2014
Class size is full / registration now closed.

Creative Computer Music Composition workshop is a one-week course that will explore the world of music composition using the computer. Students will create compositions that may sound more like pop music than classical pieces while using free web-based tools to help them compose. The class will meet in the university's music computer lab and students will work on their own composition that they will be able to continue working on at home. Students will also learn about editing a composition, looping sounds, and recording live music. Finally, students will learn how to record and edit their own performances that can be used for auditions or scholarship applications. No prior knowledge of music software programs or music theory concepts is necessary. 
Price: $220 Ages: 12-17

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Summer Theatre Arts Workshop

June 16 - 20, 2014
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Ages 16-adult.
Stage Management
Stage Properties
Wire Work Jewelry
Acting Scenes

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Great Lakes Dance Festival featuring the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble

July 7 -18, 2014
Registration Closed

Before June 1st is $550
After June 1st is $575

Scholarship Information
March 23 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Eisenhower Dance Center
103 South Street
Rochester, MI 48307

Advanced Dancers age 16 and Up. For more information, contact Barbara at
or call the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble studio at (248) 609-0370.

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The following are opportunities for area high school students to work with the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Oakland Youth Jazz Orchestra

The Oakland Youth Jazz Orchestra is an auditioned, honors-level jazz ensemble comprised of the area’s best young and aspiring jazz musicians. The goal of the OYJO is to give an advanced ensemble experience to those students who have demonstrated a passion and dedication to instrumental jazz music, and to provide those students who don’t have jazz in their schools an opportunity to explore playing in a jazz ensemble.

Through weekly ensemble rehearsals, guest artist master classes, and performance opportunities, the OYJO will prepare high school students with skills to continue at the collegiate level and beyond.

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