The Music Preparatory Department at OBU hosted a free concert for children Thursday morning, Oct. 31, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. More than 275 fourth and fifth grade students attended the event along with others from the community.
The concert included works such as J.S. Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 in D Major (“The Clock”), John Leavitt’s “Scenes from Childhood,” and the “Yankee Doodle” portion of P.D.Q. Bach’s “1712 Overture.” Concert attendees heard the organ, played by Dr. Patty Nelson, associate professor of music education. They were also able to view the real organ pipes and learn about the flute, clarinet, euphonium and tuba.
The department hosts these concerts for children in order to reach out to the community and give parents and students a great opportunity to hear live music performed by OBU’s talented students and faculty.
The Music Preparatory Department at OBU offers private music lessons during the fall, spring and summer sessions in piano, voice, strings, winds, brass and precision. Students can also participate in a choir on the OBU campus, including the concert choir, for students in grades eight through 12, and the Shawnee Honor Choir, for students in grades three through seven.
In addition to choirs and private lessons, the Music Preparatory Department also offers group piano classes on the OBU campus. Classes are offered in keyboard concepts I and II as well as group piano for adults.Enrollment is now open for spring classes and is available for students of all ages.