Monthly Archives: May 2011

Two CMA Alumni Win Lois Alba Aria Competition

BGSU alumna Tammie Bradley, who graduated in 2009, won the second prize in the Lois Alba Aria Competition in Houston, TX on May 15. The third place winner was Elizabeth Baldwin, also a CMA graduate. Baldwin is singing Micaela in Carmen with Arbor Opera on Thursday and Saturday, June 16 and 18th at 7:30pm at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

(Submitted by Myra Merritt)

Rosenkranz performs and teaches throughout Asia and Europe this summer

Thomas Rosenkranz (Assistant Professor of Piano) will perform and teach in five different countries this summer. On June 3rd, He will be presented in a solo recital at the Thai German Cultural Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand as well as being presented in a masterclass at Silpakorn University.

From June 20-25, He will join the faculty at the Bali International Music Camp in Indonesia to teach courses on improvisation in addition to performing a duo recital with CMA violin professor, Vasile Beluska.

From June 28 and 29th, He will be presented in a series of piano masterclasses at the Cantata School of Music in Jakarta, Indonesia

On July 3rd, he will be presented in concert at the Logos Foundation in Ghent Belgium with Tony Arnold, voice and Aiyun Huang, percussion. The program includes the premiere of a new work for I-pad and piano by the composer Peter Swendsen.

From July 6-18th, He will join the faculty at the SoundSCAPE festival in Maccagno Italy for his seventh season teaching courses on improvisation and contemporary performance practice as well as performing premieres of student and faculty works.

From August 15-29th, He will join the artist faculty at the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg to teach and perform chamber music recitals.

(Submitted by Thomas Rosenkranz)

BGSU CMA Alumnus Matthew D. Schatt Published in Update (MENC Journal)

BGSU CMA Alumnus Dr. Matthew D. Schatt is now a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University and is having a research paper published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. The article, “High School Instrumental Music Students’ Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Practice: An Application of Attribution Theory ” is appearing in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Update. This is a peer-reviewed paper. Update’s focus is to bring current research to both scholars and practitioners in music education; the journal is published by MENC, the Music Educators National Conference.

You may access the journal on-line at You will need to have an MENC password. Once you have logged in, click on the link to SAGE Publications to reach the current issue of Update. Or if your institution is affiliated with SAGE Publications, you may access the current issue through

(Submitted by Richard Kennell)

Piano Faculty Solungga Liu to judge and perform at the International Mozart Competition in Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Solungga Liu, Assistant Professor of Piano, has been invited to adjudicate the International Mozart Competition in Bangkok between June 3-10, 2011. The international jury consists of pianists from the US and Europe. During the week-long competition contestants from all over the world will perform works by Mozart as well as a wide selection of piano repertoire.

Dr. Liu will also give a recital at the Thai German Cultural Center (Goethe Institute) on June 5.

(Submitted by Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu)