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OCU Music Department Welcomes New Vocal Adjunct image
The OCU Music Department welcomes Dr. Dione Bennett as its newest adjunct voice and choral faculty member. Dr. Bennett brings to her position a background in classical singing and gospel music, a deep commitment to Christ, and a love for vocal instruction.Her voice has been heard in operas, recitals, and oratorios both nationwide and internationally. She has performed Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess; Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème; Suor Genevieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, to name a few. She has also appeared as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Schubert’s Mass in G, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, and Mozart’s Vespers. Dr. Bennett has been featured with such orchestras as the Warren Philharmonic, Akron Symphony, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Eastern Illinois Symphony, as well as Opera Cleveland and Opera Western Reserve.Dr. Bennett is the Artistic Director of Opera Project Columbus.  She holds a Bachelors and Masters of Music degree from the University of Akron and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Ashland. Further study has taken her to the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.Dr. Bennet is an exciting new addition to our faculty and we are proud to welcome her to the OCU music faculty.

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An Evening With Mark Lee image

An Evening With Mark Lee

An Evening With Mark Lee image

Published: October 16, 2019

Ohio Christian University is excited to host an upcoming concert, “An Evening with Mark Lee,” organized by Living by Faith Ministries. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian rock band Third Day. The concert will be taking place on Sept. 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm, with doors opening at 6:00. Lee will perform songs from Third Day and his album Unshakeable Heart. He will also share about his book, “Hurt Road,” in which he writes about the hardships he has faced throughout his life. The concert will include a Q
Ohio Christian University is excited to host an upcoming concert, “An Evening with Mark Lee,” organized by Living by Faith Ministries. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian rock band Third Day. The concert will be taking place on Sept. 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm, with doors opening at 6:00. Lee will perform songs from Third Day and his album Unshakeable Heart. He will also
Ohio Christian University is excited to host an upcoming concert, “An Evening with Mark Lee,” organized by Living by Faith Ministries. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian
Ohio Christian Receives Four New Steinway Designed Pianos image

Ohio Christian Receives Four New Steinway Designed Pianos

Ohio Christian Receives Four New Steinway Designed Pianos image

Published: July 24, 2019

As part of a larger goal to become an All-Steinway School, Ohio Christian University recently purchased four upright Boston model pianos designed by Steinway
As part of a larger goal to become an All-Steinway School, Ohio Christian University recently purchased four upright Boston model pianos designed by Steinway
As part of a larger goal to become an All-Steinway School, Ohio Christian University recently purchased four upright Boston model pianos designed by Steinway
OCU To Hold Nashville Styled Songwriting Boot Camp image

OCU To Hold Nashville Styled Songwriting Boot Camp

OCU To Hold Nashville Styled Songwriting Boot Camp image

Published: March 25, 2019

by Keegan D’Alfonso   Ohio Christian University will hold its first songwriting conference on March 30 from 9:00 am to 5 pm. Michelle Martin, Coordinator of Worship Arts at OCU, envisioned this event after experiencing many similar writing workshops in Nashville, TN. “My heart for the day was just to create an opportunity for song writers in central Ohio to come together and get an experience like they might get in Nashville if they went to a songwriting conference,” Martin said. “The order of events is very similar to the conferences I’ve been to.” The event will be held in OCU’s
by Keegan D’Alfonso   Ohio Christian University will hold its first songwriting conference on March 30 from 9:00 am to 5 pm. Michelle Martin, Coordinator of Worship Arts at OCU, envisioned this event after experiencing many similar writing workshops in Nashville, TN. “My heart for the day was just to create an opportunity for song writers in central Ohio to come together and get an
by Keegan D’Alfonso   Ohio Christian University will hold its first songwriting conference on March 30 from 9:00 am to 5 pm. Michelle Martin, Coordinator of Worship Arts at OCU, envisioned this

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Kyle Benecke

Student Profile: Kyle Benecke Leaves Comfort Zone

Kyle Benecke

Published: August 27, 2019

Junior Kyle Benecke has a slew of rising talents. While being on Sports Link and starring in Track and Cross Country, Kyle maintains superior academic standing. One may think this cool kid with the Mohawk can't possibly do anything else. But, when asked about some of his favorite activities, Kyle brings up his band, Leaving Cardboard Houses, as if it were nothing. Serving as lead singer, songwriter, and ukulele player, Kyle and drummer Chris Volzke make up the band. Although they are just two, they sure know how to fill a stage with musical presence. Writing, producing, managing, and
Junior Kyle Benecke has a slew of rising talents. While being on Sports Link and starring in Track and Cross Country, Kyle maintains superior academic standing. One may think this cool kid with the Mohawk can't possibly do anything else. But, when asked about some of his favorite activities, Kyle brings up his band, Leaving Cardboard Houses, as if it were nothing. Serving as lead singer,
Junior Kyle Benecke has a slew of rising talents. While being on Sports Link and starring in Track and Cross Country, Kyle maintains superior academic standing. One may think this cool kid with the
OCU Musicians Featured at Local Scholarship Gala image

OCU Musicians Featured at Local Scholarship Gala

OCU Musicians Featured at Local Scholarship Gala image

Published: October 27, 2016

The Ted Lewis Museum’s Fifth Annual Scholarship Gala “Steppin’ Out at the Ted Lewis Club” occurred earlier this month on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. Patrons arrived in black tie or 1920’s period dress for the occasion. They were served by a full service staff of uniformed doormen, elevator operators, maître d’ and waiters. The five course meal was recreated from the menu of Rector’s Restaurant in New York, where Ted Lewis made his debut playing clarinet and leading Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band 100 years ago.   The event featured an exciting floor show and dancing to the music of
The Ted Lewis Museum’s Fifth Annual Scholarship Gala “Steppin’ Out at the Ted Lewis Club” occurred earlier this month on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. Patrons arrived in black tie or 1920’s period dress for the occasion. They were served by a full service staff of uniformed doormen, elevator operators, maître d’ and waiters. The five course meal was recreated from the menu of Rector’s
The Ted Lewis Museum’s Fifth Annual Scholarship Gala “Steppin’ Out at the Ted Lewis Club” occurred earlier this month on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. Patrons arrived in black tie or 1920’s period
OCU Music at the Pumpkin Show image

OCU Music at the Pumpkin Show

OCU Music at the Pumpkin Show image

Published: October 24, 2016

The annual Circleville Pumpkin Show took place downtown Circleville, OH this last week from October 19-23. On Wednesday, October 19, the OCU Chorale performed God with percussionist John Dunn, and God is Here featuring soloist Jacquelyn Patty. The Chorale
The annual Circleville Pumpkin Show took place downtown Circleville, OH this last week from October 19-23. On Wednesday, October 19, the OCU Chorale performed God with percussionist John Dunn, and God is Here featuring soloist Jacquelyn Patty. The Chorale
The annual Circleville Pumpkin Show took place downtown Circleville, OH this last week from October 19-23. On Wednesday, October 19, the OCU Chorale performed God with percussionist John Dunn, and 
Dr. Rebecca Johnson serves as President of MTNA image

Dr. Rebecca Johnson serves as President of MTNA

Dr. Rebecca Johnson serves as President of MTNA image

Published: October 5, 2016

Rebecca Grooms Johnson, PhD, NCTM, is currently serving as President of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) – a professional organization of approximately 22,000 private and university music teachers. During the summer of 2016 she traveled extensively as a representative of MTNA and presenter. Immediately after chairing a 3-day meeting of the Board of Directors in July, Dr. Johnson flew to Europe, where she presented a 60-minute session on developing self-direction in adult music students at the International Society of Music Education (ISME) in Glasgow, Scotland. Following
Rebecca Grooms Johnson, PhD, NCTM, is currently serving as President of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) – a professional organization of approximately 22,000 private and university music teachers. During the summer of 2016 she traveled extensively as a representative of MTNA and presenter. Immediately after chairing a 3-day meeting of the Board of Directors in July, Dr.
Rebecca Grooms Johnson, PhD, NCTM, is currently serving as President of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) – a professional organization of approximately 22,000 private and university
MaryJaneDean

Dean Judges Piano Guild in Michigan

MaryJaneDean

Published: September 19, 2016

Mary Jane Dean, Adjunct Faculty at Ohio Christian University for over 25 years, was asked to judge students for the international piano guild in Detroit in May of 2016.  She judged over 125 students at the Evola Music Center. Piano Guild, based in Austin, Texas, judges over 125,000 students every spring from all over the United States and several foreign countries.  The students prepare from one to fifteen pieces and skills to play for the judge.  95% of those pieces are memorized. In Detroit, Dean enjoyed meeting some of the international teachers from Russia and Costa Rica.  Dean
Mary Jane Dean, Adjunct Faculty at Ohio Christian University for over 25 years, was asked to judge students for the international piano guild in Detroit in May of 2016.  She judged over 125 students at the Evola Music Center. Piano Guild, based in Austin, Texas, judges over 125,000 students every spring from all over the United States and several foreign countries.  The students prepare
Mary Jane Dean, Adjunct Faculty at Ohio Christian University for over 25 years, was asked to judge students for the international piano guild in Detroit in May of 2016.  She judged over 125