Monthly Archives: September 2014

Virginia Starr: 1927-2014


Virginia Starr, a noted voice teacher and a retired music professor at Bowling Green State University who performed in opera houses across Europe and the United States, died Tuesday in the Manor at Perrysburg. She was 87

Miss Starr retired in 1998 as a professor of music performance studies. She arrived in 1968, and at a concert to showcase new music faculty she performed the aria, “Sempre Libera,” from La Traviata, complete with high E-flat, said Richard Mathey, another 1968 hire.

Read the full obituary on The Blade’s website

Pro Musica hosts 4th annual Celebrity Server Night

Pro Musica will host its 4th annual “Celebrity Server Night” from  5-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University.

The annual event raises additional monies for travel grants and scholarships for students at the College of Musical Arts at BGSU.

The program will include a Hors d’oeuvres hour; wine tasting with Norm Heineman of Bowling Green and owner of Bowling Green Beverage Inc. (17744 N. Dixie Hwy); performances by students from the college; a silent auction, and a meal served by a local celebrity.

This year 25 individuals from the Bowling Green community and University have volunteered to be “celebrity servers.”

Dinner is $40 per person. For online reservations visit the online store or call the Office of the Dean at 419-372-2188. Reservations will be accepted until October 15.

Those who wish to donate items for the silent auction should also contact the Office of the Dean.

Pro Musica is a “one-of-a-kind” organization as all monies generated are offered to students, at the College of Musical Arts at BGSU, in the form of travel grants and scholarships. Every donated dollar is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and goes directly back to students.

For over 30 years Pro Musica, funded by over 300 dedicated alumni, friends, parents and members of the Bowling Green community, has sponsored a wide variety of musical events and provided financial support to music students for educational travel projects. In addition, the organization provides funding for scholarships and various awards at the college.

Nermis Mieses, oboe and Susan Nelson, bassoon perform at the International Double Reed Society Convention

Nermis Mieses, Assistant Professor of oboe, Susan Nelson, Assistant Professor of bassoon, and Xavier Suarez, piano, performed at the International Double Reed Society Convention in New York City at NYU-Steinhardt on August 6th, 2014.

The trio performed “Kalamus” by Dana Wilson, “After the Rain” by Theodore Burkali, and gave a world premiere of “Gaze” by David Bixler, Associate Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Director of Jazz Activities at BGSU. Dr. Nelson also performed Gabriel Pierne’s Solo de Concert for bassoon and piano, and Dr. Mieses performed “Niobe” by Thea Musgrave and “Cognition” by BGSU alumnus Michael Kasinger.

Double Reed Conference

Guest composer for 2014 BGSU Student Composer Readings is Pulitzer-Prize winner Steven Stucky

For the 2014 Toledo Symphony Orchestra BGSU Student Composer Readings the guest composer will be Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky.

Dr. Stucky will observe the reading session of the selected compositions and hold an evening masterclass.

Steven Stucky Photo copyright 2005 Hoebermann Studio

2014 TSO/BGSU Student Composer Reading Session
Wednesday, November 19,  3:30-6pm
Kobacker Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center at BGSU