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Student Perspective of Music Program

Ohio Christian University has given me a wonderful education throughout my years at school. I am currently a fifth year senior studying Music Education concentrating in elementary music and strings. Not only have I learned about music, but I have also learned about the incredible ways music can be used in ministry. OCU has helped to learn more about my beliefs as a Christian, my relationship with God and how to share that with the many people I may encounter in my day to day life.

In my years at OCU I have always been very involved in Chapel teams. I have always loved playing violin, but it is especially a blessing to be able to do that in front of my peers and be able to worship with them. Last fall semester, I met one of my best friends Ryan Jones who sings with his family, "The Joneses". They travel around Ohio and many other states singing Southern Gospel music. They asked me to be part of their traveling ministry and I accepted. Over this past year, I have learned more about myself and more about music and how it truly touches people and brings a sense of unity to everyone. The Joneses have welcomed me in like family and it has been an amazing experience.

This past September, we were invited to the National Quartet Convention (NQC) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Prior to this year, in 2013, The Joneses made their first appearance on the main stage winning the showcase. The showcase consists of multiple groups, however only two are chosen to be on the main stage and it is a big honor to be chosen. This past September, we made our second appearance on the main stage winning our second showcase.


The main stage is shaped in a square with audience surrounding the whole entire stage roughly 12,000 to 13,000 people. Many different groups have come onto the stage such as The Hoppers, The Collingsworth Family, The Perry's and The Guardians.  I am so thankful I could share in this experience doing something that I love to do. This coming year, The Joneses have been invited back to National Quartet Convention to be on the schedule for the Main Stage as a regular artist.

 

Currently, I am continuing to travel with The Joneses on weekends sharing my music as well as my testimony and adoption story.

I am so excited to see what God has planned in the future, but as of right now I am just thankful for all the blessings he has already given and continues to give.

(Abbie Ailes is a senior at Ohio Christian University studying Music Education)