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Purpose and Core Values

Ohio Wesleyan University identifies three major objectives: (1) to impart knowledge as transmitted through the humanities, arts, and sciences; (2) to develop and enhance certain important capabilities of students, including the development of creative talents in several fields, and by the preparation of students for careers through professional and pre-professional programs; and (3) to place education in the context of values maintaining the college’s outstanding traditions in these areas”.

The Music Department has developed its objectives to reflect the broader institutional purposes but with reference to music as the identified discipline. (1) to impart knowledge as transmitted through the study and performance of music, (2) to develop and enhance the creative and academic musical talents of students, and (3) to place the study of music in a context of social, cultural and educational values.

The purpose of the department is articulated as: “We are here to develop the talents, minds, and character of our students through the discipline and art of music.

The department also identifies a set or core values: “Musical expression is a basic part of being human. We encourage and assist our students to develop their musical intelligence to their greatest potential, thereby fulfilling the wholeness of their humanity and their ability to improve the lives of others. That our students enjoy and participate in music for a lifetime; that they are committed to adding beauty to their world and changing lives for the better. We pursue creative and scholarly work to satisfy our professional curiosity and passion. We mentor by example.”

The Music Department has been a vital facet of the Ohio Wesleyan community for over 150 years. As one of the most respected music programs of the liberal arts colleges in Ohio, the Department of Music is characterized by talented and experienced faculty, outstanding facilities, personal attention, and numerous performing opportunities for both music majors and other interested students.

Music majors are offered the unique and challenging environment of the professional music degree program within the context of the university’s renowned liberal arts curriculum while the entire Ohio Wesleyan community enjoys a variety of musical performance and learning opportunities.

At the spring 2014 composition recital, members of the professional musical group Conundrum played pieces composed by OWU students. Shown working with the musicians are assistant professor Jennifer Jolley (left) and student composers Rob O’Neill, Todd Zucker, and Lam Khoa. (Photo by Dakota Parrish ’16)

At the spring 2014 composition recital, members of the professional musical group Conundrum played pieces composed by OWU students. Shown working with the musicians are assistant professor Jennifer Jolley (left) and student composers Rob O’Neill, Todd Zucker, and Lam Khoa. (Photo by Dakota Parrish ’16)

In this case, it’s a matter of translating theory into practice, practice, practice to ensure the final pieces hit just the right notes.

Ohio Wesleyan students in assistant professor Jennifer Jolley’s music composition class have spent the semester writing their own music pieces for one to four instruments. In addition, they’ve recruited other OWU students to practice and perform their compositions, with the upcoming performances counting as jury/final examination events for those taking the Jemison Auditorium stage.

The free composition concert will be held at 3:15 p.m. November 20 in Sanborn Hall. It will feature four pieces written by OWU students Colin Pietron ’18Lam Khoa ’16Jacob Miller ’16, and Alan Klinect ’15.

Klinect, a music education major, says most of his classmates began writing their compositions at the beginning of the semester and finished around a week ago.

Khoa says his piece is called “Pedals,” and is written for solo piano. He describes the composition as “light sounding, but can be very dissonant at times.”

Pietron explains that music majors are required to complete a final project after each semester, with the composition and concert counting toward that credit. His piece is written for the violin and contains a lot of rhythms.

“Basically I wanted a shift between ‘happy oblivious’ to ‘intense dramatic’ feelings,” he says.

OWU students will perform their peers’ compositions this week, but previously Jolley also has brought in professional musicians to play the compositions and conduct a master class. The student performers will be Brooke Waite ’17Kelly Summers ’17Arie Leffel ’15ZoAnn Schutte ’16Chris Brinich ’17, and Jacob Miller, who also is having a work performed in the recital.

Jolley, who joined the OWU faculty in 2012, also is an accomplished composer. In 2013, she was one of five musicians chosen to compete in an “Iron Composer” competition, and she will be composer-in-residence with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra in fall 2015.

“Teaching music composition to students gives me the wonderful opportunity to demonstrate both the theoretical and practical side of musical creation,” Jolley says. “In our private lessons, I teach my students how to create potential music, and through this upcoming composition recital, they will learn how to create actual music. When they hear their pieces performed, they can then take that new musical knowledge from the recital performances and apply it to their future pieces.”


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