Tiffin, Ohio— Jo Ochenduski, a commercial music student at Tiffin University, was recently selected to participate in the Resident Rocker program through Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This summer program aims to develop the talents of emerging musicians and provide them with the skills necessary to succeed as independent artists. Of the many applicants, Ochenduski was one of three accepted.
In addition to giving public performances throughout the program, the Resident Rockers spend 30 hours a week learning from industry professionals in the areas of performance, songwriting, marketing, production and engineering, music industry, entrepreneurship and financial/legal matters.
“I am so proud and have every confidence that Jo will excel in this environment,” said Provost and Director of Studies Dr. Peter J. Holbrook. “Furthermore, it is a testament to the quality of education that the Creative Arts Institute provides enrollees, as the Resident Rocker program is selective about who they admit.”
“Jo truly represents the diverse strengths and talents of so many of our commercial music students at TU,” said Brad Rees, VP Creative Arts. “Beginning to study music at TU when he was just a freshman in high school, Jo built a solid foundation of songwriting skills, vocal ability, professional poise, and many more. talents necessary for success. It’s exciting to think of what the future holds for such an up-and-coming artist.
Ochenduski will be featured in 10 public concerts throughout the summer. For the full Rock Hall performance schedule, go to rockhall.com/resident-rocker-performance-schedule. For more information about TU’s commercial music program, visit tiffin.edu/commercial-music.