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100th Anniversary - 1917-2017

Let’s make 2017 a celebratory year to remember! Our centennial year is packed with big plans for the School of Music, it’s faculty, students, alumni & friends! The School of Music will be bringing amazing guest artists to campus, planning big concerts in Athens and New York City, inviting all of you to our centennial alumni reunion on campus, and watching the Marching 110 performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 


Fall 2017
Save The Dates!


September 12
Boston Brass
Baker Theatre • 7:30 p.m. 


September 27
Project Trio
Memorial Auditorium • 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Ohio University School of Music Orchestra, celebrating 100 years of the Ohio University School of Music.

Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, PROJECT Trio is breaking down traditional ideas of chamber music. The genre-defying Trio is acclaimed by the press as “packed with musicianship, joy and surprise” and “exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music.”

Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages. The Trio was forged out of a collective desire to draw new and diverse audiences by performing high energy, top quality music. Using social media to broaden their reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, the Trio has its own YouTube channel, which has over 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers, making PROJECT Trio one of the most watched instrumental ensembles on the internet.

PROJECT Trio will be joined for a portion of their program by the Ohio University Orchestra to celebrate their 100th anniversary.


September 28
Vocalist Brittnee Siemon


October 7
Bobcat Alumni Jazz Jam
Casa Nueva • 10 p.m.

Join us for an evening of big band jazz featuring current ensembles from the School of Music, plus a big band comprised of OU Jazz Alumni! 


October 8
Performance by visiting artist Vadym Kholodenko, Piano  
2 p.m. • Glidden Recital Hall


October 9
Master Class by visiting artist Vadym Kholodenko, Piano,
Glidden Recital Hall • 12:55 p.m.


Lecture & Q&A Session
Glidden Recital Hall • 4 p.m. 

Ohio University will be hosting internationally acclaimed pianist Vadym Kholodenko. He will be performing as part of the School of Music’s Centennial Celebration and will serve to inaugurate the school’s new Steinway concert grand piano. Sponsored by Arts for Ohio, OHIO Performing Arts Series, the School of Music, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, and Dr. George Weckman.

Praised by the press for his “technical prowess and immersive lyrical engagement,” Vadym Kholodenko has emerged as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted pianists of his generation. Winner of the coveted gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, Kholodenko has forged an international career throughout Europe, Asia and North America to great critical acclaim.


October 18
Ohio University Symphony Orchestra100th Anniversary Concert
Memorial Auditorium • 8 p.m. 

The Ohio University Orchestra presents an orchestral showcase of the School of Music’s 100th anniversary, including a performance of former OHIO faculty Erno Dohnanyi’s American Rhapsody, written for the OHIO Orchestra in the 1950s. Free and open to the public in Memorial Auditorium.


October 20
American composer Gwyneth Walker
8 p.m. • Memorial Auditorium

The Voice and Choral Departments of the OU School of Music present visiting American composer Gwyneth Walker for a concert in Memorial Auditorium, featuring OHIO’s choral ensembles and student vocal soloists. A public vocal masterclass is presented in Glidden Recital Hall from 3-4:30 p.m. before the concert. 

Widely performed throughout the country, the music of American composer Gwyneth Walker is beloved by performers and audiences alike for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama, and humor. Dr. Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947) is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music. She holds B.A., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Music Composition. A former faculty member of the Oberlin College Conservatory, she resigned from academic employment in 1982 in order to pursue a career as a full-time composer. For nearly 30 years, she lived on a dairy farm in Braintree, Vermont. She now divides her time between her childhood hometown of New Canaan, Connecticut and the musical communities of Sarasota, Florida and Randolph, Vermont.

Gwyneth Walker has been a proud resident of Vermont for many years. She is the recipient of the Year 2000 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Vermont Arts Council as well as the 2008 “Athenaeum Award for Achievement in the Arts and Humanities” from the St. Johnsbury (VT) Athenaeum. In 2012, she was elected as a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Walker’s catalog includes over 300 commissioned works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus, and solo voice. A special interest has been dramatic works that combine music with readings, acting, and movement. The music of Gwyneth Walker is published by E.C. Schirmer (choral/vocal music) and Lauren Keiser Music (orchestral/instrumental music).


November 15
Bruno Medina Pegoraro
6 p.m. • School of Music Recital Hall


November 18
United states Army Field Band
7:30 p.m. • Memorial Auditorium


November 19
Darin Sorley, Horn
3 p.m. • Recital Hall


November 23
Marching 110 at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York City


November 30–December 2
High School Honor Concert 
2 p.m. • Memorial Auditorium 
Honor Choir & Orchestra Festival Kick-Off Concert
8 p.m. • Memorial Auditorium


December 4
Broadway for the Holidays
7:30 p.m. • Memorial Auditorium

Jingle all the (Great White) Way with Broadway’s Mary Michael Patterson (Phantom of the Opera), Claybourne Elder (Sunday in the Park with George), and Hilary Morrow (Birdland Jazz Club) as they join the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Maestro Luke Frazier (OHIO MM ‘09) for an evening of holiday hits that make the season bright. Celebrating the conclusion of Ohio University’s School of Music’s 100th Anniversary


December 9
High School Honors Band Concert
4 p.m. • Memorial Auditorium 
High School Honors Band Festival Concert
Band-O-Rama Kick-Off concert
8 p.m. • Memorial Auditorium

Previous Events

February 7, 2017
Canadian Brass @ Memorial Auditorium, Athens, 7:30 p.m.

Canadian Brass ( Since 1970, have recorded a discography of over 130 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, the CB are the foremost brass quintets in the world. They will be on OHIO’s campus, and joined by OHIO Brass, choral, and wind symphony for a February 7, Performing Arts Series concert at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. 

February 23, 2017 
Wind Symphony Carnegie Hall Kickoff Concert @ Memorial Auditorium, Athens
7:30 p.m. 

February 27, 2017
OHIO University School of Music @ Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 8 p.m.
Join us for a Reception and Concert: Register here
Concert Tickets Only: Available on Carnegie Hall website here

The Wind Symphony makes its Carnegie Hall debut in celebration of the Ohio University School of Music’s 100th Anniversary. Under the baton of Director of Bands Andrew Trachsel, the ensemble performs a diverse program that features Broadway star Denée Benton of “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” the Canadian Brass, percussionist Roger Braun, and world premieres by composers Dave Malloy and Mark Phillips.

April 6, 2017
United States Navy Band in Concert, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, Athens, 7:30 p.m.
The United States Navy Band is the premier musical organization of the U.S. Navy. Comprised of six primary performing groups as well as a host of smaller ensembles, "The World's Finest" is capable of playing any style of music in any setting. 

April 21-22
Centennial Celebration - 1917-2017

Full Schedule and Details Here

Friday April 21: Faculty and Alumni Chamber Concert @ Glidden Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music invites our alumni and friends in the region and all over the world to join us for the Faculty and Alumni Chamber Concert on Friday April 21 at 7:30 p.m., to kick off a weekend of celebration at your Ohio University hometown. 

Saturday April 22: Centennial Celebration @ Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, 4 p.m.
We’ll make some noise together at the Centennial Celebration starting at 4:00 p.m. This exciting concert will feature virtually every ensemble in the School in a non-stop extravaganza. This is a free event, donations appreciated.

Saturday April 22: Centennial Gala @ College Green, 5:30 p.m.
Please pre-register online here.
An alumni reception on the College Green begins after the concert, at 5:30 p.m. Snacks, drinks and gifts for alumni and friends will be provided, and you will be welcomed by the Marching 110 and serenaded by School of Music student ensembles. You won’t want to miss this. 


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