About Music at Otterbein

We invite you to spend a little time learning more about all that Otterbein’s Music Department has to offer. Whether you check out some of our performances or listen to what our alumni have to say, let us know how we can connect!

Otterbein University is where small town charm meets big city opportunity. Perfectly situated in the picturesque, safe and friendly city of Westerville — Otterbein is only 15 minutes outside of Columbus, Ohio — the nation’s 14th largest city, named one of the “30 most fun places to live in the country.”
The remarkable liberal arts education that Otterbein provides allows students to find their career path in the arts, develop their musicianship and engage in a variety of performance opportunities.

  • Our students benefit from a supportive and caring faculty in a small campus setting and participate in a robust array of ensembles.
  • Our active student OMEA chapter provides interaction with a variety of guest speakers and presentation topics.
  • Most importantly, graduates of our BME degree track have established careers as K-12 public/private educators, studio teachers, university faculty, and have gone on to further their performing interests.

The Bachelor of Music Education degree at Otterbein is a four-year degree with K-12 licensure in all musical areas. The curriculum provides in-school placements in each year of study, and a full array of methods courses including guitar and ukulele methods.

WE ARE helping musicians discover their future one note at a time.

We invite you to get to know Otterbein Music better from some of our incredible alumni.

Greg Benson ’12

Gillian Henning-Toops ’13

Jared Joseph ’13

Brandon Moss ’05

Abby Wimbiscus Black ’15

WE ARE great performances.

Enjoy some of our favorite recent works. Like what you hear? We hope you’ll spend more time on Otterbein’s Music Department YouTube channel > where you’ll find plenty more great music.

Concert Choir: How Can I Keep From Singing

Prelude and Cartoon (2019)

2020 String Orchestra “Different Trains”

Piano Solo: Echo

Otterbein Opera Theatre – Masked: a Voyage to 17th & 18th century Italy

WE ARE music educators.

Our graduates are teachers, conductors and directors who serve as some of the finest music educators in the state. Learn how these alumni believe Otterbein prepared them to be better music educators.

Heather Ulsh ’17

Jordan Koogler ’09

Sophia Kinn ’17

Korey Black ’16

Kelley Gilbert ’03

WE ARE a connected and engaged community of musicians.

There’s a lot to love at a smaller school like Otterbein where our students’ opportunities to learn and grow as musicians are as diverse and interesting as they are. Whether traveling in music tours, having the chance to explore multiple musical interests or keeping the love of music thriving as a non-major, these alumni share some of their favorite things about Otterbein’s Music Department.

Josh and Lauren Reynolds ’12

Derek Shell ’13

Ryan Loth ’15

Kelsey Brown ’20

Josh Dufford ’16

Julia Whalen ’12

Miranda Martin ’15

WE ARE a smarter way to learn.

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Battelle Fine Arts Center
170 W. Park Street
Westerville, OH 43081


Claire Brock

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