School of Music Ambassadors



School of Music Ambassadors are a select group of juniors and seniors who are leaders within our music community and represent a broad range of interests and talents. Connecting with one of our Ambassadors is a great way for prospective or admitted students to learn more about being a music major — and finding your place here — at The Ohio State University School of Music.

Music Ambassadors can answer questions about why they chose Ohio State, the student experience, ensembles, studios, music student organizations and much more! Contact one or more of them anytime using the links in their bios below.

Grace Cooper

Grace Cooper (Lakewood, OH) is a fourth-year Music Education major whose primary instrument is double bass. A member of both the Symphony Orchestra and Women’s Glee Club, she is vice president of the Ohio State chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as well as vice president of outreach for the Women’s Glee Club. Contact Grace!

Nick Denino

Nick Denino (Grove City, OH) is in his third year studying vocal music education at Ohio State. He is involved in various ensembles, including Chorale, Men’s Glee Club, and The Ohio State University Marching Band. Additionally, he is an active brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, where he holds an officer position. Outside of school, Nick enjoys playing video games, watching sports and spending time with his friends and family. Contact Nick!

Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson (Tipp City, OH) is a junior Music Education major with a Spanish minor. Her primary instrument is voice, but she also loves playing guitar, ukulele and piano. Sarah is involved in Women's Glee Club, Off the Lake productions, and the Ohio State student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Her favorite performance genre is musical theatre; she loves watching shows as well as being part of them. Contact Sarah!

Jake Jordan

Jake Jordan (Huron, OH) is a fourth-year Music Education major. His compositions have been performed in the US (including in Cleveland, Columbus, Orlando) and internationally (Salvador and Rio de Janeiro). Jake's compositions range from piano solos and chamber ensemble pieces to full orchestral and wind band works, including a portfolio of over 25 pieces. He has also composed multiple short film scores, and serves as an arranger for various small and large ensembles.  While often buried in his work as a composer, Jake also serves as treasurer on the student board of the National Association for Music Education, frequently tutors students in music theory and aural skills, and has earned an Ambassador position through the School of Music where he will work to communicate with future students and engage with donors. Jake had also served on his high school's student board, where he would determine social and fiscal policy for the district, along with the superintendent and other board members. He is very passionate about creating environments for success and is currently working with Scott A. Jones of the Barnett Center to create a discussion panel highlighting arts enterprise and its importance within the School of Music. Hoping that his musical Sella can be a jumping point for Ohio State students, Jake would like to create a long-lasting culture of artistic collaboration at the university. Contact Jake!

Michael Mayer

Michael Mayer (Shelby, OH) is a fifth-year Music Education major with percussion as his primary instrument. As a participant in Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and other activities, Michael has fully experienced what life is like at the collegiate level. A 2017 graduate of Shelby High School, he added a fifth year to fully experience the Music Education curriculum (band, choir, general music, jazz, etc.) offered by the School of Music. Michael plans to teach high school band and possibly pursue a DMA in conducting. He looks forward to meeting prospective students and their families as they navigate the complicated journey of finding a school to call home. Contact Michael!

Sean O'Brien

Sean O’Brien (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) is a fourth-year Music Performance major. His primary instrument is euphonium, but he also plays trombone and tuba. He is a four-year member of both the The Ohio State Wind Symphony and the Marching Band. He has also performed with the Ohio State Jazz Ensemble, The Central Ohio Brass Band and The Freedom Brass Band. Contact Sean!

Sam Schafer

Sam Schafer (Canonsburg, PA) is a fourth-year Music Education major with a Developmental Psychology minor. While their primary instrumental focus is contemporary and classical saxophone, they continue to actively pursue electronic synthesis as well as contemporary composition and improvisation. They have served in many leadership roles over the course of their time at Ohio State, including the positions of primary leader for the Classical Saxophone Association (CSAXA), section leader in The Ohio State University Symphonic Band, vice president of Collegiate Winds, president of Buckeye Boom, coordinator for the Ohio State Welcome Leader (OWL) program, and more.  Sam intends to research the effects of the integration of electronic music in the music classroom among other subjects pertaining to music cognition, music education and music therapy. They plan to continue pursuing their passion for composition, improvisation and performance while they begin their career as a music educator. As a School of Music Ambassador, Sam is proud to represent the creativity, innovation and warmth that Ohio State and the School of Music have to offer. Contact Sam!

Ila Sharma

Ila V. Sharma (Great Falls, VA) is a third-year composition major and horn player. Ila is vice president of membership for Sigma Alpha Iota–Theta Alpha chapter. Ila plays second horn in Symphonic Band and participates in the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and playing with her dog. Contact Ila!

Drew Speas

Drew Speas (Springfield, OH) is a fourth-year Music Education major whose primary instrument is cello. Drew is involved in numerous activities and organizations in the School of Music including CellOHIO, Guerrilla Chamber Music, American String Teachers Association (ASTA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra, and Undergraduate Music Council. She looks forward to serving as a School of Music Ambassador! Contact Drew!


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