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OCU traditional student Abbie Ailes and her mother, Jill, are the winners of the Sentimental Selfie Contest put on by The Lorenz Corporation – a Dayton-based publishing company specializing in sacred and school music.Abbie and her mom won the award for Most Sentimental Story and Creative Picture. For winning they’ll receive $125 in Lorenz music and are featured in Lorenz’s Fall 2015 Anthem promotion.We talked with Allie about her talent, faith, relationship with her mom, and her walk with the Lord.Ohio Christian University: How is your skill with violin related with your relationship with Christ?Abbie Ailes: I'm very thankful and blessed with my talent of music. I've always tried to keep a mind of Christ-like humility in everything that I do. I would never take full credit because I know that because of God, I am able to play. Because I know that, although I find playing the violin fun and entertaining, it is something that I can show my appreciation and worship to God.OCU: You and your mom seem very close, how have your musical abilities strengthened your relationship with each other and with Christ?AA: My mom and I are best friends. I won't lie; we fight and disagree just like any other mother/daughter relationship. However, I would never change our relationship. She has been such a great example for me spiritually and musically. I have played violin since I was five, and immediately she was playing piano with me and helping me along. My fondest memories are the ones that we played together, but my favorites are playing at church in front of our congregation. She has always been supportive, loving, and motivational every situation that life throws our way. She has always wanted what is best for me and is the little voice inside my head through everything that I do. I'm very blessed to call her my mom and my best friend.OCU: How do you see your OCU education benefiting you in the future?AA: I'm very thankful for my education at OCU. My professors have been very supportive and helpful for the years I have been in school. Whenever I have questions or concerns, they are more than welcome to help. I love how my major [music education] can be incorporated with my faith and help me not only with my education, but my overall relationship with Christ. My education has helped me to develop who I am today, and who I will be in the years to come. OCU is my home away from home. I believe that through OCU's education, I am ready to experience the world with a great knowledge of my major, as well as an amazing incorporation of my faith in Christ.Abbie and her mom have been a musical duo since Abbie was five years old, and she played Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on her violin with her mom accompanying on the piano. They continue to play together today at church, for weddings and other events. Jill says about making music with her daughter, “It’s such a blessing to have a daughter to share the gift of music with. I just love our time together serving the Lord in this capacity.”From the OCU Family - Congrats Abbie and Jill on your win! For more information on the music education program at Ohio Christian University, click here.

Articles of Interest

Jazz Ambassadors Concert CANCELED (due to COVID-19 concerns) image

Jazz Ambassadors Concert CANCELED (due to COVID-19 concerns)

Jazz Ambassadors Concert CANCELED (due to COVID-19 concerns) image

Published: February 28, 2020

In compliance with Governor DeWine's announcement (3/12/20) concerning coronavirus precautions and a ban prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 100 people, Ohio Christian University has canceled the April 4 Jazz Ambassadors concert that was scheduled in the Ministry & Performing Arts center on campus. To ensure that information provided to all staff, faculty, students, family members, and community members be the most up to date, Ohio Christian University launched a Center for Coronavirus Updates on the university website.   
In compliance with Governor DeWine's announcement (3/12/20) concerning coronavirus precautions and a ban prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 100 people, Ohio Christian University has canceled the April 4 Jazz Ambassadors concert that was scheduled in the Ministry
In compliance with Governor DeWine's announcement (3/12/20) concerning coronavirus precautions and a ban prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 100 people, Ohio Christian University has canceled
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Audition Day for Performing Arts Scholarships

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Published: January 28, 2020

The Ohio Christian University Department of Music is holding a Performing Arts Audition Day following Scholars Day on February 29th to allow prospective students to audition for a Performing Arts Scholarship. High school seniors and juniors and incoming transfer students planning to major in one of the Music programs or those who just plan to participate in Band, Orchestra, Choir and/or Theater are all invited to audition. “We are proud to offer significant scholarships to music and worship leadership majors, and to any student who participates in our performing arts activities,” said
The Ohio Christian University Department of Music is holding a Performing Arts Audition Day following Scholars Day on February 29th to allow prospective students to audition for a Performing Arts Scholarship. High school seniors and juniors and incoming transfer students planning to major in one of the Music programs or those who just plan to participate in Band, Orchestra, Choir and/or
The Ohio Christian University Department of Music is holding a Performing Arts Audition Day following Scholars Day on February 29th to allow prospective students to audition for a Performing Arts
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Festival of Carols Shares Message of Christ

Festival of Carols Shares Message of Christ image

Published: December 10, 2019

The Ohio Christian University Music Department shared an impactful message of Christ’s birth in its annual Christmas concert, Festival of Carols. The concert presented this story of glory to audiences of almost 500 on both Dec. 7 and 8 in the Ministry
The Ohio Christian University Music Department shared an impactful message of Christ’s birth in its annual Christmas concert, Festival of Carols. The concert presented this story of glory to audiences of almost 500 on both Dec. 7 and 8 in the Ministry
The Ohio Christian University Music Department shared an impactful message of Christ’s birth in its annual Christmas concert, Festival of Carols. The concert presented this story of glory to
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Band and Vocal Students Among the 'Stars and the Moon'

Band and Vocal Students Among the 'Stars and the Moon' image

Published: November 8, 2019

In 1969, Apollo 11 launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying what would soon be the first men to ever set foot on the Moon. Ohio Christian University will celebrate this historic event with a concert titled Stars and the Moon, featuring Ohio Christian’s band and vocal students. The show will lift off on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Ministry
In 1969, Apollo 11 launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying what would soon be the first men to ever set foot on the Moon. Ohio Christian University will celebrate this historic event with a concert titled Stars and the Moon, featuring Ohio Christian’s band and vocal students. The show will lift off on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Ministry
In 1969, Apollo 11 launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying what would soon be the first men to ever set foot on the Moon. Ohio Christian University will celebrate this
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Orchestra Shares Gospel Through Music in Japan

Orchestra Shares Gospel Through Music in Japan image

Published: November 8, 2019

This summer, Ohio Christian University’s orchestra went on its third mission trip to Japan. From Jul. 29 to Aug. 17, students had the opportunity to share not only their musical talents but their passion for spreading the gospel. The orchestra directors, Roger and Linda Stieg, completed their graduate work at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. After graduation, the Steigs were asked to come back to play some concerts. They agreed to return, hoping to be an example of how God can use even musical talent to help fulfill the Great Commission. Found in Matthew 28, the
This summer, Ohio Christian University’s orchestra went on its third mission trip to Japan. From Jul. 29 to Aug. 17, students had the opportunity to share not only their musical talents but their passion for spreading the gospel. The orchestra directors, Roger and Linda Stieg, completed their graduate work at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. After graduation, the Steigs
This summer, Ohio Christian University’s orchestra went on its third mission trip to Japan. From Jul. 29 to Aug. 17, students had the opportunity to share not only their musical talents but their

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Behind the Scenes: Inside Festival of Carols image

Behind the Scenes: Inside Festival of Carols

Behind the Scenes: Inside Festival of Carols image

Published: December 3, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 Behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s Festival of Carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative moment team.  The choirs warm their vocal cords until their voices float in glorious harmonies across the auditorium. The actors labor in hectic preparation to perform with excellence and seeming effortlessness. Learning choreography with live choirs singing was a challenge that Movements from the Heart (MFTH), the creative movement team, met in the practice time afforded before the first
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s Festival of Carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative moment team.  The choirs warm their vocal cords until their voices float in glorious harmonies across the auditorium. The actors labor in hectic preparation to perform with excellence and seeming
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Behind the scenes, behind the curtains of this year’s Festival of Carols, the perspective is different for the eyes of this observer, who happens to be part of the creative
2018 Festival of Carols' 'Peace on Earth' Theme Shares Global Hope image

2018 Festival of Carols' 'Peace on Earth' Theme Shares Global Hope

2018 Festival of Carols' 'Peace on Earth' Theme Shares Global Hope image

Published: December 2, 2018

Ohio Christian University’s 2018 Festival of Carols, performed in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center, celebrated Christmas with 'Peace on Earth' music from around the world. Decorations featured the flags, colors, and music of peoples across the globe, representing all who look to Christ and His promise of eternal peace. The Ohio Christian University Orchestra played the celebration's prelude with George Edge, conducting, to the attendees who filled the spacious, modern auditorium. After University President Jon S. Kulaga opened the celebration with a warm welcome and prayer,
Ohio Christian University’s 2018 Festival of Carols, performed in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center, celebrated Christmas with 'Peace on Earth' music from around the world. Decorations featured the flags, colors, and music of peoples across the globe, representing all who look to Christ and His promise of eternal peace. The Ohio Christian University Orchestra played the celebration's
Ohio Christian University’s 2018 Festival of Carols, performed in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center, celebrated Christmas with 'Peace on Earth' music from around the world. Decorations
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Music Department Offers New Piano Pedagogy Certificate Program

Music Department Offers New Piano Pedagogy Certificate Program image

Published: October 31, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) is now offering a new certificate program in Piano Pedagogy for students majoring in music. This program is valuable for students who wish to open a private piano studio and those who are studying Worship Leadership and plan to teach piano to their congregants. Area piano teachers will also find the Piano Pedagogy Certificate program to be an excellent resource for expanding and honing their pedagogic skills. Designed for teaching all ages and levels of piano students, this program includes a two- to four-semester hands-on supervised teaching internship
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is now offering a new certificate program in Piano Pedagogy for students majoring in music. This program is valuable for students who wish to open a private piano studio and those who are studying Worship Leadership and plan to teach piano to their congregants. Area piano teachers will also find the Piano Pedagogy Certificate program to be an excellent
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is now offering a new certificate program in Piano Pedagogy for students majoring in music. This program is valuable for students who wish to open a private piano
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Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certification

Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certification image

Published: October 31, 2018

Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certificate Program Ohio Christian University has added a Suzuki Method Teaching Certification program to its Music Department’s offerings.  The Suzuki Method Certification is a four-year program that prepares violin teachers to use this proven learning method. Professors Linda and Roger Stieg earned their Suzuki Teacher Training certification after studying for two years with Dr. Suzuki in Japan. Both have enjoyed music teaching careers and are Suzuki Association of Americas (SAA)-accredited teacher trainers. “Suzuki said his method is a
Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certificate Program Ohio Christian University has added a Suzuki Method Teaching Certification program to its Music Department’s offerings.  The Suzuki Method Certification is a four-year program that prepares violin teachers to use this proven learning method. Professors Linda and Roger Stieg earned their Suzuki Teacher Training certification after
Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certificate Program Ohio Christian University has added a Suzuki Method Teaching Certification program to its Music Department’s offerings.  The Suzuki
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Great New Vibes from the Music Department

Great New Vibes from the Music Department image

Published: October 31, 2018

Since arriving, Dr. Brent Nolte has begun creative collaboration with Music Department colleagues to gain approval for two new certificate programs for Suzuki String Pedagogy and Piano Pedagogy. Moreover, the Music Department is partnering with the Psychology Department to meet the needs of students interested in music therapy. These students are being encouraged to earn their Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in Psychology, preparing them well for a master’s degree in Music Therapy. Collaborating with Worship Leadership Professor Dr. Rodney Sones, the department is planning a
Since arriving, Dr. Brent Nolte has begun creative collaboration with Music Department colleagues to gain approval for two new certificate programs for Suzuki String Pedagogy and Piano Pedagogy. Moreover, the Music Department is partnering with the Psychology Department to meet the needs of students interested in music therapy. These students are being encouraged to earn their Bachelor of
Since arriving, Dr. Brent Nolte has begun creative collaboration with Music Department colleagues to gain approval for two new certificate programs for Suzuki String Pedagogy and Piano Pedagogy.