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OCU Music Professors, Alumni Make Mark on NY, USA

OKLAHOMA CITY – Professors and alumni from Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music will appear on stage and television in a variety of roles during upcoming weeks:

  •              Alumna Kelli O’Hara stars as Francesca in the Broadway debut of “The Bridges of Madison Country,” which begins previews Friday before a Feb. 20 opening night;
  •              Alumnus Colin Anderson will join the ensemble of “Sweeney Todd” at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic from March 5 to 8;
  •              Professor Edward Knight will attend the Carnegie Hall debut of his composition “Raven,” for marimba and clarinet May 5. The concert of 21st century works will be performed by the ensemble What is Noise, which includes alumnus Jamie Whitmarsh;
  •              Alumnus Austin Brown led his a capella group Home Free to the first prize of $100,000, a Sony Records contract and a national tour by winning NBC’s “The Sing Off;”
  •              Alumnus Jay Wadley composed the soundtrack for the VHI biopic “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story;”
  •              Alumnus Samuel McCoy recently was appointed music director and principal conductor of the Chelsea Opera in New York City;
  •              Graduate composer Or Kribos logged three new trailers in Salk Lake City recording sessions for Warner/Chappel Production Music. His album “Epicus” has just been released by Hollywood-based Megatrax Production Music;
  •              Professor Randi Von Ellefson is the new president-elect of the National Collegiate Choral Organization; and
  •              Alumnus Jeremy Hays continues his role on Broadway as Raoul in “The Phantom of the Opera.”


Professor Publishes Textbook

Oklahoma City University Bass School of Music Professor Michael Raiber, PhD, authored “The Journey from Music Student to Music Teacher” with coauthor David Teachout, released this week by Routledge. The book is available through Amazon and other retailers.

The book helps prospective music educators begin their transition from music student to professional music educator.

An active researcher and author, Raiber serves as president of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. He also is the director of teacher support and program evaluation for El Sistema Oklahoma.