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Andrew Pelletier, horn, featured artist at the 46th International Horn Symposium

Andrew Pelletier Andrew Pelletier, Associate Professor of Horn, will be a featured artist at the 46th International Symposium of the International Horn Society (IHS). He will be featured alongside some of the most talented horn players in the world including but not limited to: the American Horn Quartet,  the The Budapest Festival Horn QuartetNew York Philharmonic HornsBerliner Philharmoniker Horns, Richard Watkins from the Royal Academy of Music, London, and Frank Lloyd.  The IHS will be held for the first time in London, England; at the Imperial College from August 11-15, 2014.  He’ll be presenting the world premieres of Kerry Turner’s “Couperin Variations” for horn and piano and BGSU’s Christopher Dietz’s “Signal” for horn and two percussionists; as well as the UK premiere of BGSU alumnus Cory Kasprzyk’s “Chugach” for horn and electronic media.  He will also perform the “Hamburg Concerto” for horn and orchestra by Gyorgy Ligeti at the end of the week.  This is the sixth International Horn Society Symposium that Pelletier has been an invited soloist.

BGSU Alum Kisma Jordan named 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow in Music.

Kresge Artist Fellow in Music
BGSU Alum Kisma Jordan, Masters of Music, 2006, named 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow in Music.

Kresge Arts in Detroit is honored to announce the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellows, including the inaugural fellowships in the new film/theatre category. This year, 18 metropolitan Detroit artists working across a wide range of artistic practices within the dance/music and film/theatre disciplines were selected to receive a fellowship, which includes an unrestricted prize of $25,000 to reward an artist’s creative vision and commitment to excellence.

The Kresge Artist Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit program of the College for Creative Studies. The fellowships program represents the foundation’s desire to advance the artistic careers of Detroit artists living and working in its hometown, as well as to elevate the profile of the area’s artistic community.

The work of the 2014 Fellows encompasses creative practices that push boundaries and blur lines between established disciplines, advocate for social justice and embody Detroit’s complex, evolving narrative. Representing the depth and multiplicity of Detroit’s artistic communities, the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellows include world-renowned musicians working in diverse genres, multidisciplinary artists incorporating sound and new media, local filmmakers presenting stories with universal themes, and emerging artists bringing fresh perspectives to their chosen mediums.

Learn more about the Kresge Arts in Detroit

Bruce Moss celebrates 35 years with Wheaton Municipal Band

Bruce Moss, Director of Bands, celebrates 35 years with the Wheaton Municipal Band in Wheaton, IL. Moss started directing the band at the early age of 26-years-old when he had only been teaching in the public schools for a few years.

“There were definitely some growing pains on both ends because I was younger than many people in the band, Moss says now. ‘My thought process always was, ‘You stick with me, I’ll make this happen. Let’s get through this, we’ll put this thing on the map like it’s never been put on before.'” –

Within the 35 years that Moss has been directing the band, he has lead them to great success including one of four bands that were featured on PBS’s special on John Phillip Sousa. The band also performed at the Grant Park Music Festival and the the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

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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.

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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.