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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

Percussion Day

Saturday, January 20, 2015
No Cost - Registration required
Registration Open Soon

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

Voice Day

Saturday, January 17, 2015
No cost - Registration required
Registration Open Soon

Our special guest for Voice Day 2015 is Mark Clark, Director of Acting, Opera, and Musical Theater at the University of Louisiana in Monroe, LA and Artistic Director of the Louisiana Opera; He is the author of several books including Singing, Acting, and Movement in Opera, and Guide to the Aria Repertoire, and his newest book, The Broadway Song; Finding the Truths, will be published by Oxford University Press this year.  Dr. Clark has guest-directed in Brazil, England, Taiwan, and in the US for opera companies in California, Cedar Rapids (IA), Roanoke (VA), and Greensboro (NC), as well as Indiana University, University of Washington, and Pacific University. He has presented workshops for universities in California, Oregon, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.

Voice Day will have two sessions well suited to both classical and musical theatre styles.  The first is a movement oriented workshop titled "SINGERGETICS", and the other is an interactive Master class involving dramatic coaching with individual singers, an accompanist, and the audience.

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

Single Reeds Solo and Ensembles Workshop

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Fee $20
Registration Open Soon

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
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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
Saturday, February 1, 2015
Fee $30
Registration Open Soon

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!

Jazz Workshop
Saturday/Sunday, June 13-14, 2015
Fee $25
Registration Open Soon

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.

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

Music Theory Bootcamp
July 6-10, 2015
Computer Music Workshop
July 6-10, 2015
Fee $220
Registration Open Soon

Our 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.

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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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Dance Day
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Fee $8
Registration Open Soon

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.

Great Lakes Dance Festival featuring the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble

July 6-17, 2015
Registration Open Soon

Before June 1st is TBD
After June 1st is TBD

Scholarship Information
TBD 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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