This highly regarded degree program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue various music professions or go on to graduate-level work in music. The degree will initially feature two specialty areas – jazz studies and voice performance – with others anticipated in the future. Previously, OU offered only a Bachelor of Arts in Music. With the Bachelor of Music addition, the University anticipates an increase of 20 plus music major students by next fall.
“The driving force behind this new degree offering is Ottawa University’s commitment to providing well-prepared and highly skilled musicians with top-of-the-line training that prepares them to transition immediately into the professional music realm,” said Dr. Roger Kugler, music department chair and director of the OU/Community Band.
Four full-time doctorate-level faculty members currently direct OU’s music programming, and 11 accomplished adjunct instructors provide a broad range of music instruction. Nearly 100 students – 18 percent of the student body – have electively enrolled in at least one music course at Ottawa University. The University Concert Choir has increased enrollment from 11 to 42 students and revived its regional choir tour. The number of students enrolled in orchestra has more than doubled, and several new ensembles, including Jazz Singers, Jazz Ensemble, three Jazz Combos, Pep Band, and University Band, have been established. The music department will be taking its new sounds to Italy in March 2014 during concert abroad.
“The growth our program has experienced over the past few years has shown that we are capable of building and maintaining a top-level program recognized for its excellence both locally and regionally,” said Kugler. “This growth is only the beginning.”
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