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Student playing violin as part CofO Music Program  

The Department of Music at College of the Ozarks is dedicated to the highest level of excellence in the musical instruction and performance. Our students, faculty, and ensembles play a vital role in serving our campus and surrounding community. Numerous performance opportunities are available to a wide variety of experience levels and backgrounds. Let’s make music together!

Academic Programs

Students who graduate with a music major are prepared to follow their calling into areas such as music education, music and worship ministry, performance, and composition, or to continue their education at a Master's degree level. The music education major at College of the Ozarks is accredited with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to offer certification in instrumental and choral music education.

All music students earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and can choose from one of the five areas of emphasis listed below:

General Music Major

  • Prepares the student for graduate and/or professional work in music
  • Allows a number of elective choices to complement the degree
  • Requires a recital during the senior year

Choral or Instrumental Music Education Major

  • Requires a double major in music and K-12/Secondary education
  • Prepares the student for state teacher certification
  • Field experiences and student teaching in approved schools 

Piano Major

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  • Prepares the student for a career in collaborative piano, private teaching, and/or graduate studies in piano performance
  • Features specialized courses including piano pedagogy, piano literature, and piano duo classes
  • Includes performance opportunities in a variety of venues
  • Requires a recital during the senior year

Vocal Performance Major

  • Prepares the student for a career in vocal performance, graduate studies in voice, and/or private teaching
  • Features specialized courses in voice including vocal pedagogy and foreign language diction
  • Requires collateral courses in theatre, including acting and stage movement
  • Requires a recital during the senior year

Recital At Williams Memorial Chapel

 

Music Ministry Major

  • Prepares the student for music and worship ministry in the local church
  • Features specialized courses in church music and music ministry
  • Requires a minor in Christian Ministry
  • Requires an internship in a local church and/or culminating project

Theory/Composition Major

  • Prepares the student for a career or graduate work in music composition
  • Features specialized instruction in advanced theory topics
  • Students will compose acoustic and electronic music using both traditional techniques and advanced computer technology
  • Requires a composition recital during the senior year

 

The music department also offers three music minors: general music, piano, and vocal performance.

 

Performance Opportunities

There are many performance opportunities both on and off campus. The music department is involved in several seasonal and patriotic events including Christmas Card, major cultural & patriotic convocations, baccalaureate & commencement services, off campus tours, and a host of student, faculty, ensemble, and guest artist concerts. Students also have ample opportunities to showcase their individual talents on student recitals held throughout each semester.

 

Student playing piano at The Keeter Center

Student recital in front of the Washington Monument

 

Student Travel

Students in the music department have traveled the world. Recent trips include performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, traveling to Washington D.C., journeys to England, Germany, Russia, and other overseas destinations as well as numerous regional and national competitions, conferences, master classes, and festivals.

Music Faculty

 
Mr. Gregg Busch  

Mr. Gregg Busch

Chapel Choir
417.690.2243

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Email: busch@cofo.edu

  Dr. Luke Carlson  

Dr. Luke Carlson

Theory, Composition, & Orchestra
417.690.2367

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Email: lcarlson@cofo.edu

 
               
Dr. Clara Christian  

Dr. Clara Christian

Piano
417.690.2247

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Email: cchristian@cofo.edu
  Dr. John Cornish  

Dr. John Cornish

Chorale
417.690.2245

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Email: jcornish@cofo.edu

               
Dr. Kevin Powers  

Dr. Kevin Powers

Bands
417.690.2410

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Email: kpowers@cofo.edu

         

 

The music department also utilizes highly qualified and competent music professionals from the region to supplement and enhance course offerings in areas such as voice, piano, guitar, woodwinds, percussion, strings and harp. Many of these adjunct professors maintain vibrant private studios in which a student may choose to study his or her chosen instrument.

 

Ensembles

A variety of music ensembles are available for students participation at College of the Ozarks. All ensembles are open to both music majors and non-music majors. All ensembles perform on and off campus on a regular basis. 

Group of Chapel Choir participants standing in their robes at the College of the Ozarks  

CHAPEL CHOIR

A non-auditioned choral ensemble with a primary objective of performing sacred music for chapel services on Sundays.


Mr. Gregg Busch, director
busch@cofo.edu

Choir group performing in a large music hall with pianist and conductor  

CHORALE

An auditioned choral ensemble that performs advanced repertoire from all eras of music. The Chorale performs on and off campus, tours to area schools and churches, and travels both domestically and abroad.


Dr. John Cornish, director
jcornish@cofo.edu
 

The Concert Band at the College of the Ozarks performs onstage with their conductor  

CONCERT BAND

A large wind ensemble that performs a variety of repertoire arranged and composed specifically for band. The ensemble performs both on and off campus.


Dr. Kevin Powers, director
kpowers@cofo.edu

Students holding large gold bells participate in Handbell Choir at the College of the Ozarks  

HANDBELL CHOIR

A small ensemble dedicated to the craft of bell ringing.


Mrs. Jamey Derks, director
jderks@cofo.edu

Jazz soloists on various instruments perform with the Jazz Combo at the College of the Ozarks  

JAZZ COMBO

A select group of soloists that perform jazz standards.


Dr. Kevin Powers, director
kpowers@cofo.edu

College of the Ozarks Jazz Ensemble students stand and smile with their musical instruments  

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

An auditioned ensemble for a select instrumentation. The ensemble performs traditional big band arrangements and jazz standards both on and off campus.


Dr. Kevin Powers, director
kpowers@cofo.edu

Orchestra students perform onstage with their conductor at the College of the Ozarks  

ORCHESTRA

A large instrumental ensemble of wind, brass, percussion, and string players. The Orchestra performs one to two concerts per semester and presents a wide variety of repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras.


Dr. Luke Carlson, director
lcarlson@cofo.edu

A group of students in Pep Band perform at a College of the Ozarks basketball game  

PEP BAND

A group of instrumentalists that perform at basketball games.


Dr. Kevin Powers, director
kpowers@cofo.edu

Facilities

The Edith Gittinger Music Center was completed in August 2003 and offers students some of the finest music facilities in the state. It houses acoustically-engineered practice rooms, audio/visually equipped classrooms, a piano lab, electronic music studio, dedicated choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, and the 150 seat Newman Recital Hall with state-of-the-art acoustics and recording equipment.

Gittinger Hall Music Building   Piano students practicing in class   Music Building recital hall

Spring 2019 Concerts and Recitals 

 
February
 

Guest Artist Recital: Aether Eos (contemporary violin/piano duo)

Date: Monday, February 4
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 8:00 pm

Guest Artist Recital: Mary Vanhoozer (piano)

Date: Tuesday, February 5
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 7:30 pm

Guest Artist Presentation: Josh Rodriguez (composer)

Date: Wednesday, February 6
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 4:00 pm

Piano Masterclass: Richard Fountain

Date: Wednesday, February 15
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 2:00 pm

Guest Artist Recital: Richard Fountain (piano)

Date: Wednesday, February 15
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 7:30 pm

 
March
 

Spring Musical: Bright Star

Date: March 7-10
Location: Jones Recital Hall
Time: Th/Fr/Sat at 7:30 pm & Sun. at 2:30 pm

Student Recital

Date: Wednesday, March 13
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 4:00 pm

Chorale Performance of Verdi Requiem with Springfield Symphony

Date: Saturday, March 23
Location: Hammons Hall, Springfield, MO
Time: 7:30 pm

Music Department Faculty Recital

Date: Friday, March 29
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 7:30 pm

Senior Voice Recital: Joanie Jorash

Date: Sunday, March 31
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 3:00 pm
 
April
 

Senior Piano Recital: Kaylen Draschil

Date: Saturday, April 6
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 3:00 pm

Student Recital

Date: Wednesday, April 10
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 4:00 pm

Senior Voice Recital: Lydia Burnett

Date: Sunday, April 14
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 3:00 pm

Guest Artist Recital: The Three Divas

Date: Monday, April 15
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 7:30 pm

Orchestra Concert

Date: Wednesday, April 17
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 7:30 pm

Student Recital

Date: Wednesday, April 24
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 4:00 pm

Jazz Ensemble Concert (Student Convocation)

Date: Thursday, April 25
Location: Jones Auditorium
Time: 7:00 pm

Music Department Recital at Villa Vista

Date: Saturday, April 27
Location: Villa Vista, Lampe, MO
Time: 7:30 pm

Chorale & Chapel Choir Concert

Date: Sunday, April 28
Location: Williams Memorial Chapel
Time: 3:00 pm
 
May
 

Student Recital & Awards Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, May 1
Location: Newman Recital Hall
Time: 4:00 pm

Concert Band Concert

Date: Friday, May 3
Location: Jones Auditorium
Time: 7:30 pm

Concert Band Concert

Date: Saturday, May 4
Location: Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Time: 7:00 pm

Chorale & Chapel Choir Concert

Date: Sunday, May 5
Location: Central Christian Church, Springfield, MO
Time: 3:00pm
 
 
 

 


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