OSU Music Education In-Service Day

Friday, October 13, 2017 

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For Licensed Teachers and Graduate Music Education Students

Cost: $50

Online registration is now closed. Day-of registration available.

Nationally Renowned Guest Clinicians

Craig KirchhoffCraig Kirchhoff is professor of conducting at the University of Minnesota. Born and educated in Wisconsin, Mr. Kirchhoff brings to his position a wide knowledge of both traditional and contemporary literature. He has won critical acclaim from composers Warren Benson, Henry Brant, Michael Colgrass, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Stephen Paulus, Verne Reynolds, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Chen Yi, and others.

Mr. Kirchhoff is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Music Educators National Conference, and he served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal.

Professor Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and Scandinavia. Mr. Kirchhoff is a frequent guest conductor of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing lab.

Carlos AbrilDr. Carlos Abril is professor of music and director of undergraduate music education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Abril’s research focuses on sociocultural issues in music education, music education policy, and music perception. He has published numerous articles and chapters in research journals, professional magazines, and books, including Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Oxford Handbook of Research in Music Learning, Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education, and Promising Practices in 21st Century Music Teacher Education. He co-edited the books, Teaching General Music: Approaches, Issues, & Viewpoints (Oxford U Press) and Musical Experience in Our Lives (Rowman & Littlefield), and he serves on editorial boards in the North America, South America, and Europe. His music arrangements and instructional materials are published by World Music Press and in the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill textbook series, Spotlight on Music. Abril received a Ph.D. in music education at Ohio State University, M.M. in performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. in music education at the University of Miami. 

Kevin FentonDr. Kevin Fenton, conductor and artistic director of the Festival Singers of Florida, is professor of choral conducting and ensembles at Florida State University where he has served since 2000. He holds the Ph.D. from Florida State University, the M.M. from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and the B.M.E. from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

His prior appointments include Director of Choral Activities at James Madison University and Virginia Tech. On nine occasions, he has conducted ensembles in performances for regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). His positive approach to choral conducting brought Dr. Fenton the opportunity to serve as a clinician for numerous workshops, honor choirs, and clinics in 26 states throughout the country, In 2007, he conducted the Beijing International Choral Festival Choir with China’s People’s Liberation Orchestra as a part of China’s Choral Conductors’ Meeting.


Music at Oregon State University

A Dynamic Community

Music at Oregon State is a dynamic community full of passionate people. We offer rigorous degree programs in music taught by experts in their fields. Not only do our students receive an impressive amount of individual attention from faculty, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive program within the School of Arts and Communication.

Music programs filter into the lives of students across camps, no matter what their major is. Four percent of the OSU student body is enrolled in a music program. Of those enrolled, 80 percent are in a performance ensemble and 86 percent of those enrolled in performance ensembles are not music majors. We know that accessibility to these programs enhances the lives of many Oregon State students.

All Oregon State students have the opportunity to select music as a minor. Through small class sizes, students have the advantage of working closely with their music professors while studying within the larger context of a major research university.

Our position in the newly formed School of Arts and Communication has allowed for growth and expansion relating to faculty and programs, and has created the opportunity for new collaborations with colleagues and disciplines within and beyond the College of Liberal Arts.

In 2013, the School of Arts and Communication, in which music is housed, received a $5 million gift to advance the arts at Oregon State. The anonymous gift establishes endowments for four faculty positions in the school, including a new director of the performing arts who will expand and promote arts programs at OSU and interface with arts organizations in the area.

The gift will further help Oregon State—and music—continue a vibrant relationship with the Northwest arts scene.

Music students and faculty from Oregon State contribute to the arts in many ways. Not only are they performing in a variety of ensembles and individual recitals in Oregon and beyond, they are supporting young musicians and future audience members through student teaching and volunteering in public schools; hosting choir, orchestra, and band festivals; offering private lessons to youth and continuing education opportunities for music teachers; sharing their talent at fundraising events for non-profit and service organizations; and teaching music to youth in after school and summer programs.

Some exciting, recent additions to music at OSU include a minor in popular music studies through our successful, nationally-ranked E-campus program; new faculty positions dedicated to performance and technology; and new collaborations between the arts and engineering.