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Arts Students On the Road
OMEA Attendees

Muskingum University performing arts students have taken their talents on the road for multiple events during the 2024 Spring semester.

Six music students were selected to perform in the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA) Honors Concert Band during the OPCICA Honors Festival at the University of Findlay on January 20-21. The group had the opportunity to interact with and premiere a new work by composer Erika Svanoe. OPCICA, whose membership includes 20 private colleges from across Ohio, was co-founded in 1987 by the late Muskingum music faculty member Dr. William Schlacks and Dr. Ken Kleszynski of Otterbein College.

OPCICA Honors Band

Sixteen Theatre students, along with faculty, traveled to Pittsburgh for the Region 2 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) from January 24-27. The Muskies presented their work in performance, musical theatre, and design-technology categories, as well as attending conference workshops, performances, and speaker presentations. After the festival, fourteen of their displays and projects from the design-tech category were brought back to campus and placed in the Caldwell Hall Lobby. The KCACTF event was hosted by Point Park University, for attendees from 115 schools across seven states.

The String Ensemble traveled to Columbus to perform for the alumni Winter Social at the Columbus Country Club on January 26.

From February 1-3, Muskie music students and faculty attended the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Development Conference in Columbus, where they hosted a music alumni reception on February 2. Dr. David Turrill, Associate Professor Music, Director of Bands, and Coordinator of Music Education, was honored at the OMEA conference for his 25 years of teaching.

During the annual music tour from February 29-March 3, the Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, String Ensemble, and Muskie Rocks performed at schools and churches on their way to visit Chicago. Performance stops included Coshocton High School and Coshocton Elementary School, West Muskingum High School, Lakewood High School, First United Methodist Church in Newark, and the First Presbyterian Church of Sandusky. The ensembles previewed the tour program for the campus community with a concert on February 26 in Brown Chapel.

Choir on Tour

Wind Ensemble on Tour

Muskie Rocks

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