Prof. Frank Oddis
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Prof. Frank A. Oddis, Associate Professor, Percussion
Program/Dept: Music, Theatre and Dance
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: MM, East Carolina University
BioFrank Oddis, Associate Professor of Music and coordinator of the Morehead State University Percussion Program since 1977, holds a Master of Music performance degree from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University. He was honored in 2004 with the MSU Distinguished Creative Productions Award and again in 2008 by the Kentucky Music Educators Association as the statewide University Music Teacher of the Year. The Percussion Ensembles are internationally recognized and have won three Percussive Arts Society National Championships under Oddis' leadership. Prof. Oddis’ arrangements and compositions for percussion have been performed across the country and internationally and are published by Drop 6 Publishing. He has performed with the MSU Faculty Jazz Quartet, including their compact disc recording Blue Duck Suit adopted into the Kentucky Collection. He has worked as a freelance percussionist and drummer for many well-known celebrities and jazz artists, the national touring companies of Broadway productions, and as a percussionist and drum set artist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Prof. Oddis has presented educational workshops and conducted concerts nationwide and internationally in Asia, South America, and Europe and has offered numerous premiers of Percussion Ensemble Literature. He has served as an adjudicator for many organizations including DCI, PAS, Bands of America, MCBA, and is a clinician and endorser of Ludwig Drums, Musser keyboards, Sabian cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets. Prof. Oddis is currently the principal director of a United States Department of Education Grant, Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education - MAGNETS Program, for the purpose of student and faculty exchange with universities in Brazil.