Monthly Archives: January 2011

Thomas Rosenkranz Performs a Solo Recital at October Musicale Festival in Tunisia.

Faculty member and pianist, Thomas Rosenkranz recently performed a solo recital as the American representative at the October Musicale Festival in Tunisia. The concert took place at the Acropolium in Carthage and included works by Messiaen, Beethoven, as well as Rosenkranz’s own version of Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin. This trip was sponsored by the American Embassy of Tunis and included a week of masterclasses at the Higher Institutes of Music in Tunis and at the newly founded Institute in Le Kef.

(Submitted by Thomas Rosenkranz)

BGSU College of Musical Arts Events at OMEA Conference

BGSU College of Musical Arts Events at OMEA Conference – 

Be sure to visit us at Booth 420!

Practical Techniques for Better Bassoons
William Jobert, Christin Schillinger, Karen Pierson, Nathaniel Zeisler
Thursday, January 27 – 12:15 – PMCC 205

Unconventional Field Experiences: Creative Teaching Opportunities for Pre-Service Music Teachers   
Dr. Lisa Gruenhagen and Dr. Elizabeth Menard               
Thursday, January 27, 1:30:00 PM CC 250                                                                                                     

Becoming a Music Education major: Who decides?
Dr. Elaine Colprit and Dr. Vince Kantorski
Friday, January 28 – 8:30 am – CC 250

Learning Tunes: A Step by Step Method for Jazz Musicians
Chris Buzzelli
Friday, January 28 – 8:30 am – M Colonnade AB

Warming up the voices & the ears with your vocal jazz ensemble
Chris Buzzelli & Kim Nazarin
Friday, January 28 – 1:30 pm – M Bronze AB

Teaching Composition to your High School Band Students: Yes, there is time for it!
Dr. Elizabeth Menard
Friday, January 28 – 2:45 pm – CC 232

Let’s Get Real: Professional Practice and Authentic Assessment
Dr. Sandra Stegman & Dr. Vince Kantorski
Friday, January 28 – 2:45 pm – CC 250

RECEPTION!!!  Friday, January 28 from 6-7:30 pm – CC West Pre-function space, Level 2

Becoming Music Educators: Pre-Service Teacher’s Perceptions of the Dual Role of Student
and Teacher
Dr. Lisa Gruenhagen with Sarah Ludwig & Emily Webb
Saturday, January 29 – 12:15 pm – CC 250

BGSU Men’s Chorus
Timothy Cloeter, director
Saturday, January 29 – 12:15 pm – H Regency Ballroom ABC

Other related events:  

So you want to your choral ensemble to sing with blend, balance, in tune and with musical line? Make choral connections instant and dramatic RD Mathey BGSU Alumni Faculty; Thursday, January 27 at 2:45 pm – H Buckeye AB

Toledo Youth Symphony with Dr. Kenneth Thompson conducting, Thursday, January 27 at 4:00 pm in M Grand Ballroom;

Be sure to visit us at Booth 420

more information on OMEA Conference visit

(Submitted by Susan Knapp)

Anubis Saxophone Quartet to perform at the CMA on February 7

The Anubis Saxophone quartet, an ensemble that includes three BGSU alumni, will perform a concert of new works at the College of Musical Arts on Monday, February 7 in Bryan Recital Hall. The concert, part of the Music at the Forefront concert series sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, begins at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Their program includes the American premieres of works by composers Giorgio Netti and Ben Hjertmann and a new work by BGSU faculty composer Mikel Kuehn.

Anubis Quartet – Allison Balcetis, Ryan Muncy, Sean Patayanikorn and David Wegehaupt – is a saxophone ensemble committed to the creation, progression and performance of new music. Formed in 2007, the group is establishing itself as one of North America’s major contemporary saxophone ensembles. They have performed as guests at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand and at the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial conference at the University of South Carolina. In addition to a Chicago debut performance at Nichols Concert Hall of the Music Institute of Chicago, engagements during previous concert seasons included a presentation of new works at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand at the 15th World Saxophone Congress and a performance at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region IX conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Recently, Anubis Quartet was the collaborating ensemble for Random Access Music, a New York-based composers’ collective, and will present a concert of five world premieres in New York City in May 2010. The quartet has commissioned and premiered works by living composers including Thierry Alla, Philippe Laval, Mikel Kuehn, Claudio Gabriele and Vincent Bouchot.

Anubis Quartet includes two Fulbright Scholars, one Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition gold medalist, one semi-finalist in the Adolphe Sax International Competition and the 4th place winner of the 2008 Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition. In May 2010, Anubis Quartet was named the 2010-11 winner of the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists.

Music at the Forefront is an annual concert series featuring performances by accomplished and innovative performers of contemporary music. For more information contact the center at 419-372-2685 or email

(Submitted by Kurt Doles)

Upcoming Performances and Presentations by Associate Professor of Violin, Penny Thompson Kruse

Penny Thompson Kruse, Associate Professor of Violin, will be performing with the Counterpoint Ensemble String Quartet Concerts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, April 3-5, 2011.

Dr. Kruse will also be presenting two sessions at the American String Teachers Association National Conference in Kansas City, March 17-19, 2011. One session will be a lecture/recital with Dr. Laura Kobayashi and is titled Exploring World Music through Sight-reading Duets in Violin Lessons. The second session is also a lecture demonstration with Dr. Steven Kruse and Alicia Tremmel and members of the Liberty Public School Orchestra Program. This session is called Life beyond the 2nd Method Book: Taking Responsibility for the Technical Development of Your Orchestra. More information can be found at

Penny Thompson Kruse, violin, and Steven Kruse, viola will be performing a recital as the Kruse Duo on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at 3 p.m. in Findlay, Ohio. The recital is a part of the First Presbyterian Church Concert Series. A free will offering will be taken. Repertoire includes works by Mozart, Handel, Gliere, Kalliwoda, Maslanka, and  Ryden.

(Submitted by Penny Thompson Kruse)

Arturo O’Farrill/David Bixler The Auction Project receives fours stars in Down Beat Magazine

Down Beat magazine gave a four star review of BGSU jazz faculty member David Bixler’s new CD, saying “(Auction Project) is an ambitious project, filled with heady arrangements.  The Auction Project features jazz with Latin overtones.  Heather Martin Bixler’s violin on Auction Project helps create a contrasting sonic weave across a swath of traditional, folksy material arranged by David, eg., “Heather’s Waltz Part 1” and “Part 2,” (Down Beat, January, 2010) the sextet dishing up a great mix of Afro-Celtic “sympathies” more urban grooves.”

Click here to download a digital version of the magazine and read the entire review (page 81).

(Submitted by David Bixler)