Monthly Archives: July 2014

Douglas Wayland Memorial Concert


In honor of Doug’s many contributions of the College of Musical Arts, donations and gifts will be accepted in support of the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition. For more information, please contact Dr. Bill Mathis, Chair of the Department of Music Performance Studies, at or 419-372-8576. Please visit the calendar for more information.

Sunday, September 14, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Bryan Recital Hall | Moore Musical Arts Center

Program will include musical performances, tributes, and memories

2014 College Alumni Awards – Gregory L. Snyder ’80

gregory l. snyderGregory Snyder is in his 26th year as director of bands in the Lakota School District, West Chester, Ohio. He was at Lakota High School for nine year before moving to Lakota West High School the past 17 years. Snyder directs Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Red Band, Symphonic White Band and the Marching Firebirds. He also assists with two concert bands at Lakota West Freshman School. Previously, he worked in the Clyde-Green Springs (Ohio) School District.

Under Snyder’s direction, the Symphonic Winds has received a superior rating at Class AA Ohio Music Education Association state competition since 1998, and has performed at numerous clinics, festivals and tours in the U.S. and internationally.

The Lakota West Marching Firebirds have earned more than 50 grand champion awards and has performed in such parades as the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Sugar Bowl, the Waikiki Holiday Parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade, at Disney World and Universal Studios and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013. They will parade in the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade in 2015.

Snyder has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Bowling Green State University, and a master’s degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. He also has done additional work at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University.

Read more about this year CAA Recipients

Venessa Porter Winner of the Green Dot Journey Composer Competition


Venessa Porter announced as the winner of the Green Dot Journey Composer Competition‘s Northwestern US region ,Seven composers were announced on July 1, 2014 as the winners of the Green Dot Journey Composer Project Competition (see winners below). Their pieces, written for violin and piano, depict different regions of the United States and Canada and will be performed at house concerts and art gallery concerts on the Green Dot Journey starting September 1, 2014.

Douglas Wolf, BM’75 received the Utah Percussive Arts Society’s 2014 Service Award

Douglas Wolf, BM’75 received the Utah Percussive Arts Society’s 2014 Service Award. This is a lifetime achievement award from the Utah Chapter of PAS and recognizes Wolf’s 38 years of service as a percussion teacher and performer in Utah. In 1977, Wolf established the Utah PAS Day of Percussion festival, which has grown to include more than 800 student participants annually. Wolf continues to serve as head of the Percussion Program at the University of Utah School of Music and he maintains a busy performing schedule as percussionist with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Utah Opera Company, and Ballet West. The Utah Chapter of PAS said of Wolf, “His influence of excellence has had a profound and long-lasting effect on the percussion community in the state of Utah, leaving a legacy which will continue to blossom in future generations.”

Douglas Wolf
Professor Douglas Wolf (left) receives the Utah Percussive Arts Society’s 2014 Service Award from Utah PAS President, Michael Sammons (right).

College of Music Alum making splash in Omaha, NE

There will be weird.

Amanda DeBoer Bartlett knows it. She expects it. Frankly, she invited it.

As the lead organizer behind Omaha Under the Radar, DeBoer has put together a four-day, seven-venue celebration of experimental music, theater and dance. The festival opens Thursday at Joslyn Art Museum and concludes next Sunday at Bancroft Street Market. In between are stops at House of Loom, Slowdown, Kaneko, the Union for Contemporary Art and Accelerando Coffee House in Rockbrook.

The question now is how weird will it get, and are you ready for it?

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