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Piano Study at Otterbein University

At Otterbein we strive to help you become a creative and skilled pianist, one who is equipped to be competitive in the 21st Century world. Whether you aspire to be a concert artist, educator, recording engineer, arts manager, arranger or composer, we can help you gain the piano-playing skills you need.

Otterbein enjoys a relationship with the Kawai Corporation in which the Department's piano inventory, including the digital piano lab, is updated yearly.

Professional Piano Studies In A Liberal Arts Context

Our students receive extensive piano instruction through weekly lessons in solo piano (classical or jazz), and collaborative piano (with courses offered in chamber music, art song and duo piano). Students also take classes in improvisation – in both classical and contemporary styles. You may also elect to take courses in piano literature and pedagogy. Additionally, we offer lessons in organ and harpsichord, and opportunities to learn about orchestral piano playing and musical theatre performance styles.

Degree Programs

Our program offers three degrees: BM (Bachelor of Music), BA (with concentrations in General Studies, Theory and Composition, Jazz, and Music and Business), and BME (Bachelor of Music Education). Piano study in each program is tailored to your needs, with the greatest focus on performance in the BM degree track.

Masterclass and Performance Opportunities

Our students work with our outstanding faculty as well as visiting clinicians of world-class stature. Our students have many performance opportunities, both on campus and within the wider community.

Over the years, Otterbein's student pianists have had the opportunity to participate in master classes with some of the finest pedagogues in the keyboard world, including Andreas Henkel, Benedetto Lupo, John Perry, and Alexander Schimpf.

Faculty & Staff

Nicholas Ross

Nicholas Ross

Director of Keyboard Studies, Associate Chair of the Music Department

Battelle Fine Arts Center 108
p/ 614.823.1020
e/ nross@otterbein.edu

Nick Ross performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed recitals and concertos at such venues as St. Martin’s-in-the-Field and St. John’s Smith Square, London, the Field Room in Dublin, and the Engelse Kerk in Amsterdam. Nick is active as a recording artist, and he has released four solo piano recordings to date, as well as two collaborative discs of Arthur Honegger’s music.

Chamber Music at Otterbein

The Department of music offers many diverse opportunities for students to participate in small ensemble music making.  Traditional ensembles such as string quartets, brass quintet and strings with piano chamber music are a regular part of students’ musical training and experience. Flute ensemble and saxophone quartets, electrified strings, jazz combos and guitar ensembles for both jazz and classical styles enrich and diversify students’ course of study and musical development. Students interested in modern music seek performing opportunities with Red Noise, the department’s new music ensemble. While students interested in music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods can explore early music instruments and techniques in one of our Early Music Ensemble groups.

These for credit ensembles are coached by music faculty who are enthusiastic specialists in these areas. Students perform at least once a term and enjoy performance opportunities in a variety of venues, both on and off campus. Regular self-coached rehearsals help students further develop their musical skills and a growing sense of independence critical to finding a musical life after college.