Monthly Archives: April 2011

Memorial Jazz Concert to honor Dave Melle, April 10, 3:00pm

Bowling Green State University celebrates the legacy of legendary musician Dave Melle in a special memorial jazz concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in Kobacker Hall.

The free concert will feature performances by the BGSU Jazz Lab Band, the BGSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Dave Melle Alumni Jazz Band and special guests 6th Edition.

Dave “Dak” Melle was a professor of performance studies at the BGSU College of Musical Arts from 1967-95. He directed the Jazz Lab Band from 1970-95 and also performed as flutist with the BGSU Venti da Camera Woodwind Quintet from 1973-92, appearing on campus, in the community, at state and national music conventions and on tour in Belgium in 1991.

In 1980-81, he helped found and directed the Toledo Jazz Orchestra in its first two seasons. He was appointed director again in 1996 and continued in that capacity through the spring of 2003. With the BGSU Jazz Lab Band and the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, he directed and produced 14 recordings.

6th Edition is a five-piece vocal jazz group whose members include Lori Lefevre, Kevin Eikum, Kim Buehler, Lisa Young and John Johnson. The group has released its first CD, “It’s About Time,” available at

(Submitted by Susan Knapp)

12th Annual Conrad Art Song Competition winners announced

The 12th Annual Conrad Art Song Competition at BGSU was held on Saturday, April 2, 2011.  Congratulations to the following winners:


  • First place: Melissa Penkava, mezzo-soprano and Jacintha Ratnasamy, piano
  • Second place: Rachel Taylor, mezzo-soprano and Melinda Sondag, piano
  • Third place: Cassandra Utt, soprano and Sara Tobe, piano


  • First place: Christine Amon, mezzo-soprano and Heidi Clausius, piano
  • Second place: Theresa Zapata, soprano and Tatiana Gorbunova, piano
  • Third place:  Amanda Deboer, soprano and Karl Larson, piano

Congratulations to all the participants and their coaches on a job well done!

(Submitted by Susan Knapp)

Richard Kennell Retirement Reception

Richard Kennell

Bowling Green State University

Richard Kennell

Retirement Reception

Friday, April 15, 2011 | 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Stage of Kobacker Hall

Moore Musical Arts Center

Provost Kenneth Borland is hosting a special reception to celebrate and honor Dr. Richard Kennell for his years of service as a faculty member and his leadership as the Dean of the College of Musical Arts.

A brief program will begin at 4 p.m.


Bowling Green State University

(Submitted by Susan Knapp)