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Jo Ochenduski, a commercial music major at Tiffin University. (Contributed Photo)

Tiffin, Ohio — Jo Ochenduski, a commercial music major at Tiffin University, was recently selected to participate in the Resident Rocker program through Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This summer curriculum aims to nurture the talents of up-and-coming musicians and provide them with the skills needed to succeed as independent artists. Of the many applicants, Ochenduski was one of three accepted.

In addition to giving public performances throughout the program, Resident Rockers spend 30 hours each week learning from industry professionals in the areas of performance, songwriting, marketing, production and engineering, music business, entrepreneurship and financial/legal matters.

“I am so proud and have every confidence that Jo will excel in this environment,” said Dr. Peter J. Holbrook, provost and chief academic officer. “Furthermore, this speaks to the quality of instruction the Creative Arts Institute provides for those enrolled, as the Resident Rocker program is selective in who they admit.”

“Jo really represents the diverse strengths and talents so many of our TU commercial music students have,” said Brad Rees, vice provost for creative arts. “Starting music study at TU while just a freshman in high school, Jo has built a solid foundation of songwriting skill, vocal ability, professional poise and many other knacks required for success. It’s exciting to think of what the future holds for an artist with such promise.”

Ochenduski will be featured in 10 public concerts throughout the summer. For the full Rock Hall performance schedule, visit rockhall.com/resident-rocker-performance-schedule. For more information about TU’s commercial music program, visit tiffin.edu/commercial-music.

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