Ohio State School of Music brings harmony to Ohio

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There are 88 keys on a typical piano. There are also 88 counties in the state of Ohio. This coincidence led to the creation of Opus 88, a program from The Ohio State University’s School of Music that seeks to bring the university’s musical talent to the entire Buckeye State.

“It all started with a contemplation of our land-grant mission and the possibility of actively engaging with communities across the state,” said school director Michael Ibrahim. In addition to the number of piano keys matching the number of Ohio counties, the word “opus” begins with the letter “O.”

“This term typically refers to a large-scale work or collection of many pieces,” Ibrahim said. “It seemed like a perfect fit for our initiative.”

Opus 88 allows people in every county to experience the school’s offerings in some form. Beginning in October of last year, county visits have included informational sessions for students interested in learning more about Ohio State’s music school as well as concerts with Ohio State students and faculty.

Performances have involved the university’s chorale groups and glee clubs as well as instrumental ensembles like the undergraduate saxophone quartet. Clinics at area schools with professors have also been offered.

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