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Performing Arts Faculty


Michael A. Sander
Dept. Chair
Professor of Music

Michael A. Sander joined the faculty at Owens Community College in 2000 where he currently serves as Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and Professor of Music. He completed his undergraduate studies in music education at the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts and received his master's degree in percussion performance from the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Sander has studied with Douglas Howard and Kalman Cherry of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Michael Rosen of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Roger Schupp of Bowling Green State University, and solo Marimbist Drew Lang. Sander has been a private percussion instructor for over 20 years and has performed as a freelance musician with numerous symphony orchestras and theatre companies throughout Texas, Michigan and Ohio. He can be heard on several recordings under the Gasparo label performing with the Southern Methodist University Meadows Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Orchestra. In addition, he has served as the percussion instructor/arranger for the Bowling Green State University Falcon Marching Band for 10 years and continues to assist local high schools as a guest clinician. Mr. Sander holds an educational endorsement with Vic Firth and performs on Marimba One marimbas, Bosphorus cymbals and Black Swamp Percussion instruments.

Jeremy Meier
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Director of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts

Jeremy Meier is the Program Facilitator for the Theatre Program and has directed several student productions since 2009. Past directing credits include "Tartuffe", "American Salvage" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee". Meier completed a Master of Fine Arts in Acting at The Ohio State University in 2002 and a Bachelor Degree in Theatre at Central Michigan University in 1999. He has worked as an ensemble member and a director at the Howmet Playhouse and has developed three original one-man shows on the lives of Oliver Hazard Perry, John Dillinger and George Armstrong Custer.

Robert Ticherich
Instructor of Music Technology

Robert Ticherich is an Instructor in the Music Business Technology Program. He has been a freelance performer and instructor of percussion in the Cleveland area for 25 years. He is currently principal timpanist with the Lutheran Wind Ensemble, primary drummer for the Cleveland-based band Oasis. In addition, he records, performs and tours with several local and national acts including Noah Budin and Tangled Blue. Rob has also performed in many professional theatres including Cain Park, Porthouse Theatre, and Playhouse Square -- notably performing in more than 800 performances of Tony n Tina's Wedding. Rob attended Baldwin Wallace College, Berklee College of Music, Bowling Green State University, and Cleveland State University earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music performance with a minor in Music Technology.

Eric Wallack
Associate Professor of Art/Music

Eric Wallack has been teaching Owens since 1990. He teaches courses in both art and music, specifically Art History for art majors, as well as courses in the appreciation and performance of jazz and popular music. Wallack regularly records and performs original music ranging from American roots to improvised jazz and avant garde.

Advisory Board Members

Music Business Technology
Todd Mitchell, Great Lakes Sound/Intern Site
Denise Grupp-Verbon, Viewpoint Productions/Intern Site
Jeff Hardesty, Owens Community College Business Faculty
Chris Aftoora, BGSU Recording Services Manager
Robert Ticherich, Program Coordinator

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