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WSymphStudentsString players at Otterbein are able to work with some of the finest artist teachers in the region, and they have a variety of performance opportunities available to them. The program welcomes students from across the campus to participate in its ensembles, but provides the serious string player intensive experiences in orchestra (both string and symphonic) and chamber music, as well as jazz and popular style ensembles. A structured Suzuki internship opportunity is available through Suzuki Music Columbus (see more below).

Want to learn more?  Contact Dr. Jim Bates.


Auditions for all returning students and incoming freshmen will take place on Sunday, August 23, 2015.  Follow the links below to download audition excerpts and instructions.

Audition Excerpts

Internship Opportunity

The Suzuki Pedagogy Internship is available to students who have an interest in the Suzuki approach to string education and are interested in pursuing opportunities as a Suzuki teacher.

A structured internship program with master Suzuki teachers Douglas and Susan Locke, directors of Suzuki Music Columbus is created for students progressing from guided observation to hands-on teaching individual lessons and finally group classes.

Students are compensated for their time teaching, accrue hundreds of practical hours of teaching, and have the opportunity to take teacher training courses. At the end of the internship, students have considerable expertise with teaching in the Suzuki style.

Chamber Artists-in-Residence: QUBE

QUBE is the Artist in Residence String Quartet at Otterbein University. Comprised of faculty members David Edge and Erin Gilliland, violins, Steven Wedell, viola and Jill Wright Crist, cello, QUBE performs regularly at Otterbein University and in the region.

QUBE also provides various workshop experiences for string players interested in chamber music. Contact Jim Bates if you would like QUBE to visit your school and give a performance or workshop.

/ Department of Music

Dennis Davenport
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.3138
e/ ddavenport@otterbein.edu

Nicholas Ross
Associate Chair
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.1020
e/ nross@otterbein.edu

Conni Birri

Operations Manager
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.1508
e/ cbirri@otterbein.edu

Claire Brock
Program Manager
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.1504
e/ cbrock@otterbein.edu

Jennifer Markovich
Arts Counselor
102 W. College Ave, Westerville
p/ 614.823.1219 or
e/ jmarkovich@otterbein.edu

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