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          newsletter              August 2013             Volume 30  

Music Education at OU
Oakland University has a strong, vibrant music education program, and its strength is clearly represented in the number of OU educated teachers currently working in local schools. Our alums are working as general music, band and choral teachers throughout the tri-county area. Others are working further afield, either in schools or as music educators at universities. Among them are Ben Clark, (B.M. '12) who was the winner of the 2012 Outstanding Student in Music Education MaTilDa Award and is a successful band director at Dekany High School in Spring, Texas; Elizabeth Davis Reynolds (B.M '05., M.M. '08) who teaches at Queen Creek High School in Arizona; Sharon Davis (Ph.D. '08) who teaches general music in Leesburg, Virginia, and has also published music education research articles and book chapters; and Alex Ruthmann (M.M., Ph.D.) who was recently appointed associate professor of music education and music technology at New York University. Read more.

Lori Cleland

August News
We welcome two new full-time faculty members this month. The music program is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Heisler as our new assistant professor of music, saxophone and conducting. Dr. Heisler holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and Central Michigan University (B.M.E.). Among his many significant accomplishments is a 1st prize gold medal at the 2005 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Outstanding Classical Soloist in Downbeat Magazine's Music Awards. An advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Heisler has worked with several Pulitzer-Prize winning composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Steve Reich on transcriptions of their works for the saxophone. Prior to his appointment at Oakland University, Heisler served on the faculties of Kent State University and Wayne State University. The dance program is equally delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Elizabeth Kattner as our new assistant professor of dance.
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Tiffany Palmer & Dave Mety

Fall 2013 Performance Season Preview
Our academic performance season will begin the very first week of the semester with the opening event of our popular Thursday Arts-After-Work series. Students who participated in the Classical Theatre Study in Greece program this summer will present Antigone in Varner Studio Theatre on Thursday, September 5 at 6 p.m. You can read more details in this OU news story. Other highlights of the fall AAW series include the Student Showcase on October 3, the OU Chamber Orchestra on November 21, and the Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company on December 5. All of these events begin at 6 p.m. in Varner Recital Hall and all have our popular "pay what you wish" ticket price, which is specially designed to provide audience members with a chance to sample something new. If you are not familiar with Classical Greek theatre, chamber music or modern dance, this series is the perfect opportunity to try it.
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Percussionist Bill Summers

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

207 Varner Hall
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-2030
Upcoming Events


Thursday, 9/5-
Friday, 9/8

Sunday, 9/15
Mark Stone Trio

Sunday, 9/22
Kenneth Kroesche
Euphonium Recital

Tuesday, 9/24
Guitar Ensemble Concert

Friday, 9/27
Violauta Duo

Saturday, 9/28
Guitar Workshop

Sunday, 9/29
Steve Wogaman, Piano

Thursday, 10/3
Music, Theatre & Dance
Student Showcase

Sunday, 10/6
Oakland Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, 10/8
OU Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, 10/10 - 10/20
Carrie the musical

Thursday, 10/10
OU Brass Band

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