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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.

Exceptions
  • 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 stapleto@oakland.edu.

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Percussion Day

Saturday, January 10, 2015
No Cost - Registration
required
*Network problems won't allow online registration.

PLEASE EMAIL THE LIST OF NAMES THAT WILL BE ATTENDING ASAP.


Help your students prepare for Solo & Ensemble.

Join us at our annual Percussion Day where they will experience individual lessons providing feedback for Solo & Ensemble and workshops covering a wide range of percussion areas. This event has free admission!

Please feel free to share this information with your students and any others who may be interested.

If you would like to register a group, please email stapleto@oakland.edu for further instructions.

All sessions held in Varner Hall, Oakland University. Click map for detailed location.

To review the itinerary, please click here.


Schedule for Saturday, January 12th:

• 8:30 am – Room 110 Varner
Drumming in the Classroom with Mike Medvinsky


• 9am to 10:00am – Room 134 Varner
Drumming in the Classroom with Mike Medvinsky

• 10:15am to 11:15am – Room 110 Varner
Steel Drums with Patrick Fitzgibbon (learn to play pan)

• 11:30 to 12:30 pm – Room 134 Varner
Jazz Drum Set 101 with Sean Dobbins (develop your jazz knowledge)

• 9:30am to 12:30pm – Room 101 Varner
Individual lessons with Dan Maslanka (fine tune your solo and ensemble pieces)

• 9:30am to 12:30pm – Room 106 Varner
Individual lessons with Mark Stone (Work on hand drumming or other world percussion)

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break (bring a sack lunch)

• 1:30 – 2:30 – Room 134 Varner
South Indian Drumming with Sam Jeyasingham (learn to play kanjera)

• 2:45pm to 3:45pm – Room 110 Varner
Concert Percussion Fundamentals with Dan Maslanka

• 4pm to 5pm – Room 134 Varner
African Xylophones with Mark Stone (learn to play the gyil)

• 1:30pm to 4:30pm – Room 104 Varner
Individual lessons with Sean Dobbins (Work on various drum set styles)

• 1:30pm to 4:30pm – Room 106 Varner
Individual lessons with Patrick Fitzgibbon (fine tune your solo and ensemble pieces)

• 5pm to 6pm – Room 134 Varner
Wrap up/ Reflection (Discuss the days events. Share you thoughts and ask any questions you may have)



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





Single Reeds Solo and Ensembles Workshop

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Fee $20
Click here to register.


High school students preparing for upcoming solo and ensemble festivals are invited to perform in clinics offered by clarinet professor George Stoffan and saxophone professor Jeffery Heisler.  Soloists and small ensembles are encouraged to perform for the class and receive feedback from Professors Stoffan and Heisler. 



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

OU High School Jazz Festival

Sunday, January 18, 2015
No cost - Registration Required
email brown239@oakland.edu to register

Bring your jazz ensemble to OU's Campus! Work with our jazz professors, Regina Carter and great local jazz musicians!
The OU High School Jazz Festival offers local high school jazz bands a chance to work with Regina Carter and OU's jazz faculty to improve their knowledge of style, performance, and musicianship. Don't miss this great opportunity to showcase your band!

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

Piano Day
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Fee $30
Online Registration Closed.
If you would still like to attend Piano Day, please contact Rebecca Happel, coordinator at happel@oakland.edu

Students (ages 10-18) will enjoy a morning that includes a mini-private lesson with an Oakland University piano faculty member, a conduction session, and an electronic laboratory experience. Afternoon activities include a recital by Oakland University Piano Students and an honors recital by the morning participants. There will be three cash prizes awarded after the Honors Recital.

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

Piano Day Schedule:

11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Check-in, 2nd floor room 207 Varner Hall
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Students are encouraged to warm up in the dedicated practice rooms on the 3rd floor Varner Hall
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Presentation by Terry Herald, composing for films using prepared piano
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Presentation by Dr. Jessica Payette, “The Viennese Piano Legacy”
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Presentation by Terry Herald, composing for film
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Mini-lessons with OU piano faculty
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Student instruction ends
3:15 pm – OU students perform in Recital Hall
4:30 pm – Piano Day Student Honors Recital
5:30 pm – Awards announced / Photos of winners
6:00 pm – End of event

Jazz Workshop
Saturday/Sunday, June 13-14, 2015
Walk-in Registration Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 8:30 am
Fee $25 CHECKS ONLY
Click here to get on the walk-in list

Featuring Regina Carter and the OU Jazz Quartet: Miles Brown, bass l  Sean Dobbins, drums  l  Scott Gwinnell, piano l  Mark Stone, percussion. Ages 14 and up, non-traditional jazz instruments welcome! Enjoy a weekend of workshops, clinics, combo rehearsals and performances.


Just a reminder that the Jazz Workshop at Oakland University is this Saturday & Sunday, June 13th/14th!




Please check in and register between 8:30 am - 9:00 am outside the band room, 110 Varner Hall on the first floor of Varner Hall for welcome and instructions. It is best to enter the doors that have that says "Recital Hall” on the concrete overhang. Someone will be available to welcome you, answer questions, and provide directions.


Please bring a bag lunch, your instrument and wear something comfortable as you enjoy a full day of learning and some hands-on participation with our Oakland professors and featured guests.

See you Saturday!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

8:30 am - Participants check-in

9:30 am -  Faculty introductions and short faculty recital
10:00 am-12:00 pm -  Combos
12:00 pm-12:45 pm -  LUNCH (students are encouraged to bring a bag lunch daily)
12:45 pm-1:45 pm -  Jazz Composition Workshop with Scott Gwinnell
1:45 pm-3:15 pm -  Indian music workshop with Mark Stone
3:15pm-4:00pm -  Jazz session etiquette and Jam Session hosted by Sean Dobbins and Miles Brown

Sunday, June 14, 2015

9:30 am – Participants check-in

10:00 am-12:00pm -   Combos
12:00 pm-12:45 pm -  LUNCH (students are encouraged to bring a bag lunch daily)
12:45 pm-1:45 pm - Listening session/"What's on your playlist" with Regina Carter
1:45 pm- 3:15 pm - Indian music workshop with Mark Stone
3:15 pm-3:45 pm - Break and setup for concert
3:45 pm - Concert featuring combos and Indian Music Ensemble

Concert open to public, family and friends in Band Room – 110 Varner Hall


PLEASE NOTE THE CAMPUS ADVISORY CONCERNING ELECTRICAL SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS THIS WEEKEND.
BRING EXTRA WATER AS IT MAY BE HOT AT TIMES INDOORS




Piano Camp
June 22-26, 2015
Fee $375
Click here for late registration!

The Piano Department at Oakland University is pleased to announce a Piano Camp for young pianists 10-17 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.




Music Theory Bootcamp
July 6-10, 2015
Ages: 12-17
Fee $220
Canceled due to low enrollment. Check back next year for dates and register early!

Alternate suggestion for those seeking theory instruction, OU jazz instructor Scott Gwinnell is offering the Metro-Detroit Jazz Workshop July 6-10, 2015, which you can read about here. Held on the OU on campus.

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.



Computer Music Workshop
July 6-10, 2015
Ages: 12-17
Fee $220
Canceled due to low enrollment. Check back next year for dates and register early!

Alternate suggestion for those seeking music instruction, OU jazz instructor Scott Gwinnell is offering the Metro-Detroit Jazz Workshop July 6-10, 2015, which you can read about here. Held on the OU on campus.

This one-week course 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 GarageBand (a program for Macs) and free web-based tools to help them compose. The class will meet in the university's music computer lab. 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.
Note: space is limited to 10 students; get on the list today!



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Dance Day
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Fee $8
Walk-in Registration is Welcomed!
Make checks payable to "Oakland University" - PLEASE NO CASH



Our annual Dance Day will feature master classes and performances from faculty run companies, Patterson Rhythm Pace, Eisenhower Dance, Take Root, and Repertory Dance Company. It will be an exciting day of classes with lots of instruction and ends with an afternoon performance. Should you be interested in auditioning for admittance into our program beginning fall 2015, there will be opportunity to do that as well toward the end of the afternoon. Download the flyer here.

Oakland University Dance Day Schedule: February 7, 2015

 

8:30  Check in begins for all attending students outside of 132 Varner Hall.

                       

9:00-10:15: Class with OU Faculty

 

10:30-11:50: Class with Guest Faculty, Rodney Brown

 

12:00-12:50: Lunch Break

 

1:00-2:15: Dance Day Informal Concert in Varner Recital Hall

 

2:30-4:30: Auditions (modern/ballet/jazz) for high school seniors entering the program begin in studio 132.




Great Lakes Dance Festival featuring Eisenhower Dance

July 6-17, 2015
Click here for late registration!

Tuition
$800 or $750 before June 2nd

Scholarship Audition
Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Eisenhower Dance Center
103 South Street
Rochester, MI 48307

Daily Schedule (M-F)
 9:00-10:30 Ballet 
10:30-12:00 Jazz 
12:00-1:00 Lunch 
1:00-2:30 Contemporary 
2:30-4:00 Repertory  


Dancers age 16 and Up. For more information, contact Barbara at
zaleski@eisenhowerdance.org or call Eisenhower Dance studio at (248) 609-0370
.




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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


 For more information, contact Deneen Stapleton at stapleto@oakland.edu. 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 - get your nominations in today. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Deneen Stapleton, stapleto@oakland.edu 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: stapleto@oakland.edu, 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 oakland.edu/mtd.  If you would like complementary tickets to one of our performances, please email your request to stapleto@oakland.edu.

 

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




Oakland University Honors Jazz Band
April 3, 2016
Nominations Only
Fee TBD

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

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



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