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Otterbein presents concert with guest conductor and holiday performances

November 17, 2016
Otterbein University

Performances include a guest conductor and composer and holiday-themed performances.

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music offers a stellar lineup of upcoming performances, with genres to please a variety of musical tastes, including a performance featuring guest conductor and composer James Swearingen and two holiday-themed performances. For more information about the Department of Music or these and other upcoming performances, visit www.otterbein.edu/music or call 614-823-1508.

 

Otterbein University Wind Ensemble to Perform “Cornerstones”

The Otterbein University Wind Ensemble will present a concert, “Cornerstones,” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. This event is free and open to the public.

The ensemble will be joined by guest conductor and composer James Swearingen and will perform three of his works for band. The ensemble will also perform standards of the wind band repertoire, including works by Grainger, Persichetti and Barber. The Otterbein Wind Ensemble is conducted by Michael Yonchak.

Swearingen’s talents as a performer, composer/arranger and educator include a background of extensive training and experience. He earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University and serves as professor of music, department chair of music education, and a resident composer at Capital University. He also serves as a staff arranger for the Ohio State University Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Capital in 1987, he spent 18 years teaching instrumental music in central Ohio public schools. He spent 14 years as director of instrumental music at Grove City High School, where his marching, concert and jazz bands all received acclaim for their high standards of performing excellence.

Swearingen also serves as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and The Republic of China. With over 500 published works, he has written band compositions and arrangements that reflect a variety of musical forms and styles. Many of his pieces, including 86 commissioned works, have been chosen for contest and festival lists. He is a recipient of several ASCAP awards for published compositions and in 1992 was selected as an Accomplished Graduate of the Fine and Performing Arts from Bowling Green State University. In March of 2000, he was invited to join The American Bandmasters Association, considered to be the most prestigious bandmaster organization in the world. In 2002, he received the Community Music Educator Award, given annually by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In that same year, he became conductor of the Grove City Community Winds. In 2009, he received the A. Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association, Inc.  He is a member of numerous professional and honorary organizations including OMEA, MENC, ASBDA, Phi Beta Mu and Pi Kappa Lambda.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/601092173405765/ 

 

Otterbein University to Hold Annual Holiday Jazz Showcase

The Otterbein University Department of Music will hold its annual Holiday Jazz Showcase at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. This event is free and open to the public. 

The concert will feature Otterbein’s two large jazz ensembles: Opus One, a vocal a cappella and jazz ensemble, and the Otterbein Jazz Ensemble, a big band. Opus One will perform a combination of popular and jazz arrangements, as well as holiday songs, including works by Sara Bareilles, Lennon and McCartney, and Jennifer Barnes. The Jazz Ensemble will perform arrangements of traditional Christmas tunes, including Jingle Bells, The Christmas Song, and Silent Night. Both groups will join forces with the audience on Jay Miglia’s arrangement of Let it Snow. The Otterbein Jazz Ensemble is conducted by Ben Huntoon, and Opus One is conducted by Gayle Walker.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1983074395252336/

 

Otterbein University Choirs to Perform Holiday Concert

The Holiday Choral Concert is sure to make your spirit soar, as Otterbein’s five choirs come together in The Fritsche Theatre at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.  This performance is free and open to the public. 

Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorus, Otterbein Singers, Opus One, and Concert Choir will perform under the direction of faculty members Marla Butke, Mark Hutsko, Dennis Davenport, and Gayle Walker, respectively.

The program will feature masterworks by Rachmaninoff and Beethoven, as well as a bouquet of holiday carols including Who Is He In Yonder Stall?, Carol of the Bells, and Jingle Bells.  The choirs will be joined by percussion and bells, creating an uplifting performance of joy and celebration for the holiday season. 

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music.

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