Monthly Archives: June 2012

Prof. Tim Cloeter contributes to a National Symposium in Washington DC

Prof. Tim Cloeter will present a paper at the National Symposium on American Choral Music in Washington, DC, June 29-30, 2012. The symposium celebrates a five-year collaboration between the American Choral Directors Association and the Library of Congress for the building of an American Choral Music website that focuses on the period 1870–1923. Cloeter’s paper, entitled “George Frederick Bristow’s Niagara Symphony: an Early American Symphonist Begins the Search for an American Musical Style,” grew out of his preparation of a performance edition from manuscript sources of the cantata-like fourth movement of the Niagara Symphony.

Winners announced for inaugural BGSU Young Composers Competition

Three prize winners have been selected for the first annual BGSU Young Composers Competition, sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. They are:

First place: Alex Berko (Solon, OH) – Urgentem for string quartet
Second place: Jonah Haven (Ashland, OH) – A Room for piano solo
Third place: Hayden Brown (Galloway, OH) – Quartetto per archi for string quartet

These three composers receive a cash award and a performance of their work on the 2012 Bowling Green New Music Festival, October 17-20, featuring special guest composer John Luther Adams, author Barry Lopez, sound artist Marina Rosenfeld and more. For more information on the New Music Festival, visit the festival schedule site at

Piano Prof. Thomas Rosenkranz to teach, record, and perform in Italy, Canada, and China this summer

Thomas Rosenkranz will be in residence at the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy from July 4th-16th. In addition to teaching classes on contemporary performance practice, he will lead an improvisation ensemble and perform new works by Josh Levine, Lei Liang, Richard Carrick, and BGSU alum Andreas Carrizo.

He will be at McGill University in Montreal Canada from July 17th-20th to record a new album with Tony Arnold, voice and Aiyun Huang, percussion featuring works by Mark Applebaum, Josh Levine, Lei Liang, Richard Carrick and Anton Webern.

From August 1st-8th He will be in residence at FaceArt in Shanghai, China for a series of lessons, masterclasses, workshops on improvisation, and a concert featuring works contemporary works.

On August 9th-11th He will be a featured performer at the HELL/HOT Festival in Hong Kong sponsored by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. He will be performing the complete Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano by John Cage and will present a reading of student works. In addition, he will be giving a piano masterclass to students at the University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Conor Nelson to present two recitals in London, England.

Assistant Professor of Flute Conor Nelson will give two recitals in London, England with celebrated pianist Sam Armstrong. The first recital will be a part of the concert series at St. Mary’s Perivale (a twelfth century cathedral) on June 20th at 7:30pm. The “Keys and Coffee” Concert Series at the Forge Arts Venue will host the second recital on Sunday June 24th at 11:00am.

Lillios Commissioned by Prestigious French Musical Organization

Dr. Elainie Lillios, an associate professor of composition at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, has been awarded a commission from the prestigious Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) in Paris.

A historical research group founded in 1948 by electroacoustic music pioneer Pierre Schaeffer, the commission invites Lillios to compose a new work in the GRM’s electroacoustic studios, which creative environment and technical facilities have hosted an array famous composers, including Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Darius Milhaud and Edgard Varèse, among others. The group awards 25 to 30 commissions each year to composers from around the world.

Lillios is only the second American composer in the history of the GRM to be awarded a commission. The American composer and inventor, John Chowning known for discovering the FM synthesis algorithm in 1967, which led to the creation of the digital synthesizer, was the first. Lillios’s new work will be premiered in October 2013 as a featured piece on the GRM’s “Multiphonies” concert series. The performance will take place in Paris at La maison de Radio France in the Salle Olivier Messiaen, with the composer performing the worked on the GRM’s famous “Acousmonium,” an orchestra of 80-plus loudspeakers arranged throughout the concert space.

About the commission Lillios states, “I’m thrilled to receive a commission from the GRM and look forward to creating a new piece in its inspiring studios. The GRM resides at the forefront of electroacoustic music, boasting an amazing historical lineage of research, composition, and development in electroacoustic music and performance. It’s an honor to be among those awarded commissions by this preeminent institution.”