Bridget Olenik is the Director of Bands at Defiance College and Conductor for the Defiance College Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra (BSSO). Her responsibilities at Defiance College include conducting the Defiance College Yellow Jacket Band, pep band, percussion ensemble, chamber music, supervising all instrumental ensembles in the music programs, teaching music courses and providing private lessons. She holds a Master of Music degree in percussion from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from Iowa State University. She has studied percussion performance with Dr. Barry Larkin, Dr. Matthew Coley, Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, and John Tafoya.
As a performer, Olenik has maintained an active career as a percussionist. She has performed with the Central Iowa, Sioux City, Des Moines, and Lima Symphonies and is Principal Timpanist with the Urbana Pops Orchestra in Urbana, Illinois. In chamber music, she has performed with the percussion group Sonic Inertia and participated in numerous world premieres of new music for percussion and chamber ensembles. Olenik has performed as a soloist for multiple high schools and universities around the Midwest.
Olenik is an active educator and clinician in the NW Ohio schools. She has worked with marching and concert ensembles of all levels, including the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and BOA National Champion Carmel High School (IN). Her professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Association for Music Education, Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Conductors Association, Percussive Arts Society, and the Ohio Music Education Association.