Ensemble Conductors

Beginning Band

Paul Brunner
Buckeye Valley Schools

Paul Brunner is Director of Bands at Buckeye Valley Local Schools in Delaware, Ohio where he has served in that position since 2014. Previously, he was the Director of Bands at Jonathan Alder Local Schools for seventeen years. A 1995 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Music, Mr. Brunner also has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Wright State University. Mr. Brunner performs regularly on trombone in the Columbus area.

Junior Band

Craig Porter
Big Walnut Schools

Craig Porter is the Director of Bands at Big Walnut Local Schools in Sunbury, Ohio where he has served in that position since 2002. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of Bands at Philo High School in Southeast Ohio for nine years. A 1993 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors of Music, Mr. Porter also has a Masters in Geography Education from Arizona State University. Mr. Porter is active in the Ohio Music Education Association and serves as a brass, large group and marching band adjudicator. His bands regularly participate in OMEA adjudicated events.

Senior Band

Ishbah Cox
Olentangy Local School District

Ishbah Cox currently serves as the director of bands at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. Dr. Cox received his doctorate in wind conducting from Ball State University. Formerly Associate Professor of Music at Purdue University from 2008 – 2015, he was founder and director of the Purdue University Brass Choir, director of the Symphonic and Collegiate Bands, director of the Boiler Box Band (women’s volleyball), and assistant director of the “All-American” Marching Band (AAMB).

Junior Chorus

Annie Moosa ’11
Dublin City Schools

Annie Moosa is a 2011 Ohio Wesleyan University graduate. Since beginning her career in 2012 as the director of choirs at Grizzell Middle School in the Dublin City School District, the choral program has blossomed and taken great pride in multiple central Ohio performances, and top scores for consecutive years in competitions and OMEA class A large group. Alongside her work with the choirs, Annie is the drama club director and has a private piano studio. She is a fervent advocate for higher education and has presented workshops on developing sight-reading and choral programs at the middle school level for various collegiate music education institutions in central Ohio. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, Danny!

Senior Chorus

Libby Hainrihar
Graduate Fellow, DMA Choral Conductor – OSU School of Music

Libby Hainrihar is active as a choral conductor, adjudicator, clinician and accompanist throughout the state of Ohio. Mrs. Hainrihar currently works with the choral ensembles of the Ohio State University as a University Fellow and Doctoral Conducting Associate. Prior to doctoral studies, Mrs. Hainrihar was Director of Vocal Music at Marysville High School, where she directed the Symphonic Choir, Women’s Select, and A Cappella Choirs, and taught Music Theory classes. She earned her BM in Music Education at Bowling Green State University and MM in Conducting at Kent State University. She currently serves as Membership Chair for the Ohio Choral Directors Association. Her research on large choir rehearsal strategies and assessment has been co-presented at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference. Mrs. Hainrihar lives in Delaware, Ohio with her husband, Rick, and children, Jack and Evie.

Beginning String Orchestra

Merideth Eshelman
Central Ohio Symphony

Merideth Eshelman is an active teacher and performer living right here in Delaware, Ohio! Her experience includes: a private studio of 25 years, music and strings teacher in public schools , conductor of the New Jersey Arts Festival High School Orchestra, and performing with Columbus Symphony, Central Ohio Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Westerville Symphony, and various free lance work. She is proud to be an alum of Ohio Wesleyan University and Indiana University.

Junior String Orchestra

Karen Madden
Orchestra School of Central Ohio

Ms. Maddenis the founder and director of the Orchestra School of Central Ohio, and choir director at First UU Church of Columbus. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned a Bachelors of Music Education with Distinction. Ms. Madden has enjoyed a long career in central Ohio as a conductor, cellist, and music educator, including performing with the Central Ohio Symphony and managing a thriving studio for violin and cello. Currently she directs the Orchestra School, a unique all-ages community orchestra whose musicians range from second-year players to professionals. Ms. Madden unifies their wide diversity of abilities through differentiated instruction, and leads frequent performances of family-friendly concerts.

Senior Full Orchestra

Antoine Clark
Ohio Wesleyan University

An award-winning conductor known for his engaging presence and advocacy in arts education, Dr. Antoine T. Clark is the conductor of the OWU Chamber Orchestra and the founding artistic music director of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. Engagements during the 2018-2019 season included conducting the Colour of Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Charleston Gospel Choir and Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2019, Dr. Clark attended conducting competitions at the New York Conducting Workshop and the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and served as Assistant Conductor at the Gateways Music Festival in association with the Eastman School of Music.

Performance Elective Instructors

Jazz Band

Kevin Turner
Ohio Wesleyan University

Mr. Turner is instructor of applied guitar at Ohio Wesleyan and director of the OWU Jazz Band. A graduate of The Ohio State University (B.M. Jazz Studies) and University of Illinois (M. M.Ed.), Turner released his award-winning and Stellar-nominated gospel jazz CD entitled HIM in 2005. He has published two textbooks in 2014 – Beginning Guitar Class: A Semester Studyand The Rhythm Section Quick Guide: The ABCs of Playing in a Jazz Band.

Rock Band

Adam Furay
Delaware Music Academy

Adam Furay is 2001 graduate of Hayes High School. He performed in the Orchestra, Concert Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Choir, Hayes Players, and many spring musical productions. In 2011, he graduated from Capital University with a bachelors degree in Double Bass Performance. Since then he has opened and been the director of lessons at the Delaware Music Academy, and, in 2019, opened the Delaware Music Center, which is Delaware’s first full service music retail location since Crossroads Music closed in 2013. He has performed all over the country, with groups ranging from Symphony Orchestras, Jazz trios, Rock bands, and bluegrass ensembles.

Course Instructors

Classical Music

Tim Roden
Ohio Wesleyan University

Dr. Roden is professor of music at OWU where he teaches music history, world music, survey of music literature, music appreciation, and occasional honors courses on musicological topics. He has contributed an article on Schumann’s lieder to the NATS JOURNAL, published an edition of orchestral lieder (A-R Editions, 2007), and prepared ancillaries (study guides and CD-ROMs, Instructor’s Manuals, and test banks) to accompany the past seven editions of the music appreciation text Listening to Music (Thomson-Schirmer) by Craig Wright. Dr. Roden has also co-authored the anthologies that accompany Music in Western Civilization (Thomson-Schirmer) by Craig Wright (Yale) and Bryan Simms (USC).

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Film Music

Frank Chiou
Ohio Wesleyan University

Dr. Chiou has degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan and is an associate professor of music at Ohio Wesleyan. He teaches piano and classes in theory and film music. Among other things, he loves to talk about music, movies, and music in the movies.

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Jazz History

Nancy Gamso
Ohio Wesleyan University

Dr. Gamso is Professor of Music at OWU and a professional musician. She teaches flute, clarinet, saxophone, and several courses related to jazz and woodwinds. When she’s not teaching she’s playing in orchestras, in musical theater pits or with her jazz trio, 3CatSwing.

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Musical Theatre

Jennifer Whitehead
Ohio Wesleyan University

Musical Theater Style Class Instructor, Private Lesson Faculty (voice), and Mixed Chorus Accompanist, is a graduate of the Ohio State University and a professor of voice and opera at Ohio Wesleyan University.  Prior to coming to OWU, she taught at Otterbein University, Kenyon College, Ohio State University, and Ashland University. Her performance credits include work with Opera/ Columbus, the Columbus Bach Ensemble, the orchestras and choirs of Otterbein University, Kenyon College, and Denison University, and the Ohio Song Project. Additionally, she is a frequent lecturer on vocal health and practice strategies.

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Rock History

Renee Keller
Ohio Wesleyan University

Renee Keller is the former applied percussion instructor at OWU. Dr. Keller performs as the principal timpani and percussionist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus.

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Composition Studio

Lauren Spavelko ’11
Otterbein University

Lauren Spavelko is a composer, arranger, studio teacher, performer, and visual artist. People are her favorite part of music—here, we can all experience beauty, craft, connection, love, and the joy. Her most notable works are Baby Book(winner of Festival dei Due Mondi’s 2017 Young Composers Competition in Spoleto, Italy), a six-movement song cycle for soprano on miscarriage, pregnancy, and motherhood; and Keyah, a work for orchestra in collaboration with nature photographer Frank Lee Ruggles and commissioned by the Central Ohio Symphony. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Louisville (M.M. Composition) and Ohio Wesleyan University (B.M. Music Education). Her works have been performed across the United States and in Italy. Lauren has studied composition with Steve Rouse, Clint Needham, and Jason Bahr. Learn more: www.LaurenSpavelko.com

Private Lesson Instructors

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Nancy Gamso
Ohio Wesleyan University

Dr. Gamso is Professor of Music at OWU and a professional musician. She teaches flute, clarinet, saxophone, and several courses related to jazz and woodwinds. When she’s not teaching she’s playing in orchestras, in musical theater pits or with her jazz trio, 3CatSwing.

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Oboe

Karen Pfeifer
Ohio Wesleyan University

Karen Barnick Pfeifer is instructor of oboe at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Karen is driven by an internal passion to enrich each student, inspiring musical excellence and a love of music. In 2011, she was awarded the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Music Educator’s Award in recognition of her oboe instruction. Over the years, Karen’s students have consistently won placements in the OMEA All-State Ensembles, more than any oboe teacher in the state, and have earned first chairs in both the National Orchestra and Band (NAfME).

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Bassoon

Ian Bell
Ohio Wesleyan University

Ian Bell recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a DMA in Music Performance. In addition to working at OWU, he performs with Heidelberg’s faculty woodwind quintet, and local orchestra in Northeast and Central Ohio. Dr. Bell also participates in music festivals across the country, and maintains a private lesson studio.

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Trumpet

Larry Griffin
Ohio Wesleyan University

Dr. Griffin is Professor of Music at OWU (trumpet) and Department of Music Chair. He is a freelance musician, clinician, and education specialist for Conn/Selmer performing on Selmer and Vintage One Trumpets. Dr. Griffin has performed with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Aretha Franklin and the Four Tops. In 2011, he was honored for ‘Excellence ‘In Education’ by the Ohio Magazine, in 2015 he received the OWU Libuse L. Reed Endowed Professorship, and in 2019 he received the OWU Welch Award for Scholarly or Artistic Achievement.

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Horn

Kim McCann
Ohio Wesleyan University

Horn

Kim McCann is instructor of applied horn for Ohio Wesleyan and has been featured as a soloist with the Newark Granville Symphony, the Westerville Symphony, and the Knox County Symphony. She has also made appearances with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra as an offstage soloist, and Mannheim Steamroller.

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Trombone

Jeremy Smith
Ohio Wesleyan University

Trombone

Jeremy Smith teaches trombone at Ohio Wesleyan as a professional musician and brass educator based in Central Ohio. He completed his Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance at Carnegie Mellon University and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Performance from Grace College. As a performer, Jeremy is the bass trombonist for the Huntington Symphony Orchestra and has performed with numerous ensembles including Orchestra Iowa, Opera Project Columbus, and the orchestras of Youngstown, Mansfield, New Albany, and Knox County. To round out his performing and teaching, Jeremy is the founder and editor of Last Row Music. With over 10,000 monthly website visitors, Last Row Music contains a listing of current brass auditions as well as news, links, and articles that inform all brass musicians around the world.

Tuba & Euphonium

Brandon Christie
Ohio Wesleyan University

Following several recordings on the Naxos label and completing his studies at Ohio State, Brandon furthered his music education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he was a teaching assistant and performed in the Graduate Quintet. While in Massachusetts, Brandon was Principal Tuba with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and Holyoke Philharmonic. Following his Master of Music degree Brandon was a successful freelance artist in Massachusetts and then won an audition with the 122ndArmy Band (Columbus, Ohio). Upon completing Basic Combat Training, he attended the United States Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. As a C1 graduate Brandon returned to Columbus as section leader of the 122nd and Principal Tuba with the Brass Quintet.

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Percussion

Jacob Dike
Ohio Wesleyan University

Dr. Dike is the applied percussion instructor at OWU. Dr. Dike has been teaching privately for the past 14 years and thoroughly enjoys working with students of all ages. He works actively with students of all ages and performs nationally as a freelance percussionist, conductor, and pianist.

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Violin & Viola

Karl Pedersen
Ohio Wesleyan University

Karl Pedersen joined the Columbus Symphony as principal viola at the start of the 2011-12 season.  He joined the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra during the summer of 2015.  Previously Karl was rotating principal of the New World Symphony in Miami and was principal viola of the Breckenridge Music Festival.  He has recorded and performed with the Kansas City Symphony, and performed with the Virginia and Richmond Symphonies.

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Cello

Mary Davis
Ohio Wesleyan University

Mary Davis is hailed as “an unusually fine cellist,” currently performing with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, UCelli: The Columbus Cello Quartet, and is active as a recitalist and chamber musician. Dr. Davis holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the College-Conservatory of the University of Cincinnati, and The Ohio State University. She has taught cello at Wright State University, Cedarville University, and at OSU. Dr. Davis teaches cello privately in Clintonville and serves on the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University.

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String Bass

Merideth Eshelman
Central Ohio Symphony

Merideth Eshelman is an active teacher and performer living right here in Delaware, Ohio! Her experience includes: a private studio of 25 years, music and strings teacher in public schools , conductor of the New Jersey Arts Festival High School Orchestra, and performing with Columbus Symphony, Central Ohio Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Westerville Symphony, and various free lance work. She is proud to be an alum of Ohio Wesleyan University and Indiana University.

Voice

Jennifer Whitehead
Ohio Wesleyan University

Jennifer Whitehead is a graduate of the Ohio State University and a professor of voice and opera at Ohio Wesleyan University.  Prior to coming to OWU, she taught at Otterbein University, Kenyon College, Ohio State University, and Ashland University. Her performance credits include work with Opera/ Columbus, the Columbus Bach Ensemble, the orchestras and choirs of Otterbein University, Kenyon College, and Denison University, and the Ohio Song Project. Additionally, she is a frequent lecturer on vocal health and practice strategies.

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Voice

Jason Hiester
Ohio Wesleyan University

Jason Hiester is a tenor who teaches voice, conducting, and directs both the opera and choral programs at Ohio Wesleyan University. He performs professionally in a variety of genres including opera, oratorio, choral and jazz. In his desire to support and create conservatory-level experiences for the students at OWU, Dr. Hiester implements and directs an international summer program for vocal students in Salzburg, Austria roughly every other summer, a program made possible by an OWU Theory-to-Practice grant. Dr. Hiester enjoys woodworking, riding his motorcycle, golfing, and spending time with his wife and four children.

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Piano

Frank Chiou
Ohio Wesleyan University

Dr. Chiou has degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan and is an associate professor of music at Ohio Wesleyan. He teaches piano and classes in theory and film music. Among other things, he loves to talk about music, movies, and music in the movies.

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2019 Camp Counselors

Luis Gonzales, String Orchestra Counselor, is a current student at OWU from Rancho Cucamonga, California. He is pursuing a degree in Music Education and is involved in Ohio Wesleyan’s Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble. He hopes to one day lead his own high school Band and Orchestra.

Noah Green, String Orchestra Counselor, Summer Office Staff, and Arranger of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, is an OWU student from Granville, Ohio. He is currently studying music composition and theatre, and is also a member of NAfME (National Association for Music Education), Mu Phi Epsilon, and the Creative Arts House.

Kathryn Lawson, Advanced Band Counselor, is a current student from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an oboe performance major and has participated with many of the ensembles on campus, including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Woodwind Ensemble, and Marching Band.

Katie Lester, Advanced Band Counselor, is an incoming Freshman at Ohio Wesleyan. She is from Cardington, Ohio and is majoring in Music Education. Her primary instrument is the French horn and her secondary is Piano. She is going to be in the Marching Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble at OWU. In Katie’s free time she enjoys helping with local high school, junior high, and middle school bands.

Maddie Marusek, Advanced Band Counselor, is a current student from Gahanna, Ohio. She is an English major with a Creative Writing concentration. She has participated in Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Woodwind Quintet/Sextet, marching band, Basketball Band, and the OWtsiders. She hopes to go to China to teach English after graduation.

Alex McPherson, Mixed Chorus Counselor, is a Music Education major from Akron, OH and has been a student at OWU for 3 years. He has played trumpet for roughly ten years, having played since the 5th grade. Alex hopes to teach middle and high school instrumental music after graduation and eventually go on to teach college music.

Dakota Parish, Beginning Band Counselor, is a 5th year senior at OWU. Formerly the Assistant Manager of Music and Arts in Worthington, he is now in pursuit of his Ohio Public Teaching Certificate. He currently teaches Tuba and Violin privately, and taught for the Northland Summer Music Camp for many years. In his spare time he plays with the Grove City Community Winds who recently traveled to Washington D.C. for a small performance series. Additionally, he served in the National Honors Orchestra of America in 2012 as Principal Tubist.

Grace Patrick, Advanced Band Counselor, is a freshman at OWU majoring in Music Education. She is a trombone player from Cardington, Ohio and plans on being involved in the Marching Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and hopefully the Brass Ensemble as well. Her plans after college are to be a high school band director, doing what she loves most: creating music.

Katie Smigle, Beginning Band Counselor, is a junior at OWU working towards a major in Piano Performance and a minor in History. She is a multi-instrumentalist, with a special interest in piano and trombone. She is active in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and is an active member of the Mu Phi Epsilon fraternity on campus. Outside of school, she loves playing piano for fun, reading up on modern US history, biking, and playing video games. She is also currently a member of a development team for an upcoming game, where she is the main music composer.

Abby Stepp, Beginning Band Counselor, is a freshman at Ohio Wesleyan majoring in Music Education with a minor in Spanish. Abby is a trumpet player from Orient, Ohio. She plans to be in OWU’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and playing or listening to music.

Hannah Treadway, Office Staff and Social Media Manager, is a junior clarinetist majoring in music and Spanish at Ohio Wesleyan. She is an active member of OWU’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Woodwind Quintet, is the vice president of Mu Phi Epsilon, an honors music fraternity, and the president of the Department of Music’s Student Board. Hannah works as a music theory tutor, a director’s assistant for the Chamber Orchestra, and has had the privilege of working with Dr. Edwards to develop the OWU Summer Music Camp throughout the past year. When she is not hard at work in the Music Department, Hannah can be found working as a tutor and TA in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages, or as a private instructor to her Delaware-based piano and clarinet studios. After graduation from OWU, Hannah intends to pursue a PhD in psycholinguistics.

Hannah Watson, Beginning Band Counselor, is a freshman at Ohio Wesleyan majoring in Music Education with a minor in Theater. Hannah is an alto saxophone player from Tiffin, Ohio. She plans to participate in the Choral Art Society, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. After college, Hannah plans to be a band director.

Austin Wood, Venue Captain for Mixed Chorus, is a junior at Ohio Wesleyan, studying Music Education with a vocal emphasis. He is the Vice President of OWU’s chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Educators), and is the Vice President and Music Director of The Jaywalkers, OWU’s male acapella group. When not at OWU, Austin works at Game-U, an after-school program in Dublin, OH that teaches kids of all ages how to make video games. There, he currently serves as their Summer Camp Director.


Camp Administration

Head Counselors

Catherine Edwards received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University, where she also studied music therapy and played trumpet in the symphonic band and Ohio University’s Marching 110. This fall Catherine will be teaching third grade in Bexley City Schools.

Mary Kate McNally has been the Director of Athletic Bands at Ohio Wesleyan University since the fall of 2017. Ms. McNally earned her Bachelor of Music Education summa cum laude and with honors from Henderson State University in 2012 and her Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting from Kent State University in 2017. She was a public school teacher in Colorado for three years, where she was the K-12 music teacher for a small rural school district. Ms. McNally is an active member of the professional band directing community with memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the Ohio Music Education Association, and the College Band Directors National Association. She is a board member and co-founder of And We Were Heard, a digital recording project dedicated to promoting wind band works by underrepresented composers. Mary Kate is a self-professed crochet addict and lives with her hedgehog, Maestro.

Medical Staff

Christan Allison, Camp Nurse, is a former OWU nurse and currently working at OSU Hospital. Recent OSU grad in Psych NP track.

Toni Derstine, Camp Nurse, is a former nurse at the Ohio Wesleyan University Health Center. Toni received her BSN from Otterbein University 1995 and is currently working as a substitute RN in the Delaware City Schools.

Camp Director

Rich Edwards
Ohio Wesleyan University

Rich Edwards is Associate Professor of Music at Ohio Wesleyan where he serves as coordinator of the music education program, conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and teaches other courses including Rock History and Music Appreciation. Previously, Dr. Edwards taught high school band and elementary general music in Ohio and North Carolina, directed college bands at UNC Greensboro and Ithaca College, and served as the field commander for the Ohio University Marching 110. His scholarly interests include the neuroscience of music, the development of musical creativity, and exploring curricular balance between large ensemble performance traditions and vernacular musicianship.

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Counselor Application

Talented, enthusiastic role models are needed to provide a safe, fun, and musical experience as counselors at the OWU Summer Music Camp. Apply now!

Please email your completed Counselor Application Form (DOCX) to MusicCamp@owu.edu. Note: All applicants are required to provide at least one completed Counselor Reference Form (DOCX) as well. Prior counselors with the OWU Summer Music Camp are not required to submit a reference form.

Application due date: April 3, 2020