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Ovid Young

School of Music

M.S., 1965, Roosevelt University
B.S., 1962, Olivet Nazarene University

 Dr. Young, a 1962 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, now serves as artist-in-residence for the Department of Music.

One of the most versatile musicians before the public today, Dr. Young is a pianist, organist, composer and conductor. He has more than 7,000 performances to his credit, in major concert halls, in churches, on college campuses and before audiences around the world.

In addition to composing orchestral scores for several feature-length films, he wrote music for a new show at Disneyland in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Young was pianist-arranger-conductor for the prominent operatic singing duo of Robert Hale and Dean Wilder, and is half the celebrated piano duo, Nielson & Young.

A widely published arranger and the composer of orchestral scores for several feature-length films, Young was, from 1974 to 1984, music director and conductor of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra.

As artist-in-residence, Dr. Young performs, teaches, oversees Olivet concerts and recital series and acts as an ambassador-at-large for the music program.

He will continue to arrange the University’s baccalaureate hymn and compose works for performances at Olivet.



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