Monthly Archives: August 2012

Review of new Lillios CD

“…one would expect that contemporary masters of the medium would have appeared by now, the pioneering phase having been over for some time. Of course, this is the case, and there are several composers who fit nicely into this category. One of these is composer Elainie Lillios, and her mastery of the medium is aptly demonstrated in her excellent new CD, Entre espaces….”

Color Field Ensemble receives Chamber Music America grant

Chamber Music America, the nation’s leading advocate and proponent of chamber music, announced nearly $600,000 in grants to 38 ensembles and presenters around the county, including the Color Field Ensemble.

The CFE performs and commissions music of the 21st century by emerging composers  from diverse backgrounds, focusing on multi-disciplinary experiences and works which reflect the  interrelationship between the visual and performing arts. CFE is a collective of musicians, artists, and
composers dedicated to the creation, production, and proliferation of contemporary performance. In  addition to numerous performances, the ensemble is deeply involved in contributing contemporary music to
underserved arts communities in the Midwest, having produced an annual festival for Contemporary Music  in Madison, WI since 2010. Primary founding members and organizers of the ensemble are Amanda  DeBoer Bartlett, soprano, James Fusik, saxophonist, and Karl Larson, pianist, who met while pursuing the
Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University.

New Music Ensemble call for scores

The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University has a rich tradition of promoting contemporary music through performance, education and outreach.  Home to the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, the college hosts the annual Music at the Forefront Series as well as the BGSU New Music Festival, now in its 33rd year.  Additionally, the college maintains a very active Music Technology program, offers a DMA in Contemporary Music with specializations in composition or performance and continually encourages its students, in all degree programs, to engage with the music of our time.


The New Music Ensemble at BGSU wishes to contribute to this tradition by offering a call for scores for performance on their February 14, 2013 concert.



Guidelines for the Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble 2013 Call for Scores

To view a pdf document of the information below, please use the following URL:



Performance on the BGSU New Music Ensemble’s February 14, 2013 concert, a concert audio recording and/or DVD video as well as the option of having the performance streamed live on the web.



Submission fee:





Composers of any age, nationality or institutional affiliation, except those currently enrolled in or employed by Bowling Green State University.



Important dates:

– November 1 (11:59pm EST), 2012 – submission deadline (received)

– November 9, 2012 – selected work/composer announced via email

– November 30, 2012 – professional quality performance materials due from winner (received)



Required submission materials (online submission only, see end of posting for details):

-1 PDF file of the score, clearly labeled (composer_title_score.pdf). Details below.

-1 PDF information document, clearly labeled (composer_title_info.pdf). Details below.



Optional submission materials:

-1 mp3 audio file, clearly labeled (composer_title_audio.mp3). Details below.



Score specifications:

-File clearly labeled (composer_title_score.pdf)

-8-15 minutes in total duration

-Instrumentation may be any subset of 7-14 players from the following list:

2 flutes (doubling piccolo)

1 oboe

2 clarinets (doubling bass or Eb clarinet)

4 saxophones total (S, A, T, B, multiples of one type possible)

1 bassoon

2 horns

2 trumpets

2 tenor trombones

1 tuba

2 percussionists (standard orchestral and wind ensemble percussion instruments available)

1 piano

1 harp

1 soprano voice

1 mezzo-soprano voice

2 violins

1 viola

1 violoncello

1 contrabass


-Works that incorporate electronics will be considered, include technical details in score preface

-Works that require an instrumental soloist will not be considered



Information document specifications:

-File clearly labeled (composer_title_info.pdf)

Please include–

-Composer name

-Composition title and date of composition

-Mailing address

-Email address

-Telephone number

-Composer bio (short)

-Instrumentation of submitted work

-Brief program note of submitted work

-Performance history of submitted work


If submitting a recording (optional), please include the following information on the information document as well:

-Performing ensemble

-Date of recording

-Composers are encouraged to include timing cues (for example, 0:36-1:42) and correlating score location (page and measure number) for 1 or 2 excerpts that they feel are most representative of the work.

Recording submission specifications (recordings are optional):

-The mp3 file should be labeled clearly (composer_title_audio.mp3).

-Mp3s of MIDI mock-ups will be accepted, but are not encouraged.

-Please send a single, complete file (timing cues may be indicated on your information sheet). Multiple files will only be accepted if the submitted work is in multiple movements.




Submission instructions:

-All pdf and mp3 files should be uploaded to a single, new, clearly labeled folder within the composer’s Dropbox account. (The Dropbox file hosting service is easy to use, reliable and highly preferred,

-A URL link to download this folder from Dropbox should then be sent from the composer’s email address to the following email address:

-Files sent as email attachments will not be accepted and will not be opened.




-One composition will be selected for performance. However, the selection committee has the right to decline any and all submissions for performance should none be acceptable for the project. The selection committee’s decision is final and may not be appealed.



Questions? Please contact:

Christopher Dietz, Director

Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble



BGSU Vocal Jazz at the Detroit Jazz Festival

Bowling Green State University Vocal Jazz

The BGSU Jazz Singers have been under the direction of guitar professor Chris Buzzelli since the Fall of 2000. The ensemble includes 12-16 vocalists plus an instrumental combo, and performs the music of groups such as Manhattan Transfer, Singers Unlimited and New York Voices, as well as arrangements written especially for them. They have performed at the Jazz Education Network National Conference, the Tri-C Vocal Jazz Festival, the Gold Company Vocal Jazz Festival and the Ohio Music Educator’s Conference. They have also hosted clinicians such as Kim Nazarian, Peter Eldridge and Carol Welsman. Beginning in the summer of 2009, the group hosted the 1st annual Bowling Green State University/New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, which has attracted participants from all over the United States, as well as Europe, Japan and South Africa.

Alum pianist Anna Vasilyeva is staying busy!

Russian pianist Anna Vasilyeva graduated from College of Musical Arts in May of 2011, earning a Master of Music degree. She majored in Piano Performance and studied with Professor Thomas Rosenkranz.
Currently, Anna is a second year Artist Diploma in collaborative piano student of Anita Pontremoli, at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Anna has recently been appointed an Executive Director of the “Russian Heritage Piano Competition” (RHPC)in St. Petersburg. The competition is held at the Special Music School of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and celebrates the memory of Professor Elena Shishko.

In July 2012, Anna was a guest artist at the Piano Plus International Festival in Athens, Greece, where she gave a recital and taught a master class at the Athens Conservatory. Recently, Anna recorded music for the film “Spectral Evidence,” under the multi- award winning director, David Manocchio. The film will be released in summer of 2012.

Anna’s future engagements include performances at the International Piano Festival in Castrolibero, Cosenza, Italy (Sept, 2012), as well as at the Piano Plus International Festival (July, 2013).