contact anyone in our chapter if you plan on attending for directions or more information on the event. Gamma Omicron will be holding a reception following the concert. We look forward to seeing brothers at the concert!
Our traveling president has returned from France and is ready to share his experiences! In a combination lecture/music recital, Andrew Kovaleski will educate us about his trip to France and the SaxOpen 17th World Saxophone Congress. Andrew will also let Otterbein students know how they too can study abroad. President Andrew put countless hours into his trip and planning this recital. He would be thrilled if brothers around the area could attend.
The recital will take place on September 25, 2015 from 3:05-4:15 in Riley Auditorium at Otterbein's Battelle Fine Arts Center. Andrew has set up a Facebook event with more information. Contact anyone from Gamma Omicron to let us know if you will be in attendance!
Please join us in congratulating our honorary advisor Dr. Underwood as she begins a new chapter in her life this fall. From Dr. Davenport, Chairperson of Otterbein's Department of Music:
"Please join me in wishing Dr. Margi Underwood the best as she leaves Otterbein to take a new position at Western Carolina State University in North Carolina. Dr. Underwood, we thank you for nine years of service and excellence as a musician, teacher and a colleague. The band area has made great strides under your leadership, and we will miss you."
Gamma Omicron would like to wish Dr. Underwood the best as she continues to spread her love for music. We are so thankful for her time spent as one of our honorary advisors after the reinstallation of our chapter. Best wishes to Dr. Underwood and her family in all of their future endeavors.
Our current president Andrew Kovaleski performed in a masterclass given by Dr. Timothy McAllister on July 13th in Strasbourg, France at the SaxOpen 17th World Saxophone Congress. Dr. McAllister received the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance, making him the only musician to win a Grammy playing classical saxophone. He is currently the Associate Professor of Saxophone at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Andrew performed the first movement of Denisov's Sonata for Saxophone and Piano with accompanist Liz Ames. "This piece is significant in the history of saxophone music for beginning the normalization of extended technique in today's saxophone culture, which gave the modern saxophone music we hear today the precedent for its trademark sound," said Andrew on the Denisov. A staple of saxophone repertoire, this piece is extremely particular when it comes to articulations and dynamics.
Dr. McAllister spent his time with Andrew in the masterclass focusing on the tenseness in his body, his airstream remaining engaged and fast, and precise articulations in the piece. Our president told us that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience. "It was an honor to be chosen to play on the masterclass," he said, "even if I didn't hear about the fact that I was playing until 18 hours before it happened."
Andrew has spent the past month in France studying saxophone under some of the great saxophone players and teachers in Europe. Gamma Omicron is extremely proud of our president for everything he has accomplished and learned during his time abroad. We are excited for him to return home and share his newfound knowledge with us as we all continue to strive for the highest in our musicianship.
For a video of the masterclass visit: http://youtu.be/s0yxSkB5Rn4
For more information about Dr. Timothy McAllister visit his website: http://timothymcallister.com
These seven new members of Gamma Omicron include Aidan Barnovsky, Victoria Benza, Cameron Cordell, Christian Davis, Joshua Niswonger, Meghan Stursa, and Julia Tegge. All of these members now hold positions as either executive board members, chairs, coordinators, or committee members. They are thrilled to be a part of Gamma Omicron and we are so excited to see what they accomplish within the next few years.
Gamma Omicron is pleased to invite you to this year's Reading Band in conjunction with our Second Degree on Saturday, March 8!
We will be holding an informal dinner between the events at $5 per person. The meal will include sandwiches, various sides, and drinks in a buffet style. We will also be having cake to celebrate our belated third anniversary since re-installation!
Below is a full itinerary for the afternoon along with a response form to let us know how many guests will be coming. Please complete the form by next Thursday, February 6 in order for us to plan for food and reading band parts. For more information, please feel free to contact our Corresponding Secretary, Alex Shaffer, at email@example.com.
2:30 - Reading Band
4:00 - Dinner
5:30 - Second Degree
*All events will be held in the Battelle Fine Arts Center.
If you cannot see the below form, you can find it at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1d-ZY4RwIOBnuY_2GBAwgFsp36gT1eOQgjEzI_OvDWsg/viewform.
It was our pleasure to host so many brothers from across the district this past weekend for the Ritual of First Degree and NCD South Block.
We welcomed 5 new Prospective Members during First Degree on Friday, February 21. They are just embarking on their journey through the Membership Education Process as the Epsilon Class!
On Saturday, February 22, we welcomed brothers and sisters alike to campus for NCD South Block. It was so exciting to share ideas and learn from chapters across the district.
We may have been busy, but it was well worth it.
This brotherhood that binds us all together
It will be strong and never will die
It's built on love we have for our fraternity
Here's a toast to Kappa Kappa Psi
Spring semester is upon us!
Gamma Omicron had our first chapter meeting of spring semester last night. We finished the NCD Chapter Eval Tool and discussed a number of upcoming programs.
Speaking of upcoming programs, it's recruitment season! We're plunging headfirst into our first recruitment event this Thursday, from 4-6 in the Band Room. Stay tuned for dates and times for events next week! For questions about recruitment, please contact our Vice President for Membership, Jarod Smith.
The Otterbein University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Margaret Underwood, will perform on Wednesday, October 23, at 8:00 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, located at 30 S. Grove Street in Westerville. The program will include works by Robert Russell Bennett, Michael Oare, Daniel French and J.S. Bach.
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