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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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Chinyerem Ohia
Associate Professor

Coordinator of Theory and Composition

Childers Hall, Room 3018
(202) 806-7090

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Chinyerem Ohia received his B.A. from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, M.A, and Ph.D. in Theory, Composition, and Computer/Electronic Music from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he studied with A. Wayne Slawson, a noted researcher and author of books and articles on Sound Color, and John Peel. He has held teaching positions at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Ohia has composed numerous chamber works. His compositional techniques are based on theoretical abstractions of West African music principles, which he combines with western pitch structural methods. His works have been performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Phoenix Chamber Players, and the>Sunrise String Quartet. Others have been performed under the auspices of the Baltimore Composers series concerts, and Capital Composers Alliance in Washington DC. He has several entries in the African-American Encyclopedia, Edited by Michael W. William, Salem Press, Pasadena, California, Published by Marshall Cavendish Corp., New York.



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News of Note

Formation of College of Fine Arts Postponed

8/6/2019. The University has revised the timeline for transforming the departments of Art, Theatre and Music, currently comprising The Division of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, into a new College of Fine Arts. Read more...

Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!



Jazz Choir Auditions
Tuesday, August 20, 2:10-3:30 PM, Childers Recital Hall (Rm 3001) and Thursday, August 22, 2 PM-, Room 3009, Lulu Vere Childers Hall - OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED HU STUDENTS!

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