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Dr. Brent Nolte Leads Music Department image

Dr. Brent Nolte has joined Ohio Christian University (OCU) as the new Music Department chair. He will teach Music History and Music Appreciation.

Previously, Nolte served as Music Department Chair and College Organist at Talladega College where he taught courses in music theory and played the organ for convocations and commencement. Talladega College is located in Talladega, AL, and is a private, SACS-accredited, liberal arts college. Nolte also served at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, as an adjunct organ and brass instructor. Earlier, he was band and chorus director for St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Saginaw, MI. 

Nolte holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Central Michigan University, where he studied with Dr. Steven Egler. His master’s project, “The Organ Music and Musical Philosophy of Chares W. Ore,” was published in the March 2003 edition of The American Organist. In 2010, Brent was awarded a School of Music Fellowship by the University of Minnesota, where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance Degree in 2013, studying with Dr. Dean Billmeyer.

In addition to playing and teaching organ, Nolte plays and teaches trumpet, recently performing in the Rochester, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Minnesota State University Orchestra, and St. Cloud, Minnesota Orchestra. He anticipates joining Ohio’s chapter of American Guild of Organists, the Central Ohio Brass Band, and the Circleville Pumpkin Show Band.

Dr. Nolte’s plan for the upcoming academic year includes launching a Bachelor of Music degree and the department is planning to offer a Suzuki Method major.

“Students need not be Music majors to participate in the University chorale and band. We are eager to establish a small brass band and chamber woodwind/reed instrument ensemble,” explains Nolte. “Dr. Sones and I are collaborating to strengthen the Worship Leadership program. And, of course, the Music Department will draw on community performers to ensure the University’s traditional Festival of Carols continues being a signature event.”

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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
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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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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
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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
OCU Students Minister Through Drama image

OCU Students Minister Through Drama

OCU Students Minister Through Drama image

Published: September 13, 2016

Ohio Christian University is excited about launching a new semester of the drama ministry travel team, Living Parables.  This group is made up of 14 residential undergraduate students (two teams), including the Student Leaders Brittany Twining and Haley Fowler. The group is under the direction of Mrs. Bethany Bolin, who is a graduate of OCU and possesses many years of teaching and leading drama.   Living Parables ministers in churches, schools and youth events presenting sketches of real-life circumstances which focus on the gospel as well as moral values.
Ohio Christian University is excited about launching a new semester of the drama ministry travel team, Living Parables.  This group is made up of 14 residential undergraduate students (two teams), including the Student Leaders Brittany Twining and Haley Fowler. The group is under the direction of Mrs. Bethany Bolin, who is a graduate of OCU and possesses many years of teaching and leading
Ohio Christian University is excited about launching a new semester of the drama ministry travel team, Living Parables.  This group is made up of 14 residential undergraduate students (two teams),