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BGSU alum Scott Price honored by SEC

Scott Price, who holds a B.M. in piano performance from BGSU, as well as an M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a D.M.A. from the University of Oklahoma, currently serves as Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, Head of the Piano Area, and Coordinator of Group Piano in the University of South Carolina School of Music. Dr. Price has just been chosen as one of just 12 professors from the universities of the Southeast Conference to receive an SEC achievement award.

Dr. Solungga Liu records a piano concerto with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble

Dr. Liu just completed an intensive three-day recording session of Gregory Mertl’s Piano Concerto with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, conducted by Craig Kirchhoff. Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment and expressly written for her, the concerto is a 40-minute tour de force for soloist and ensemble. The concerto will be the main work in a CD of Mertl’s music recorded by the University of Minnesota. It will be released by Innova Records in 2013.

Bixler to play at Lincoln Center

Director of Jazz Activities, David Bixler will be performing at Jazz@Lincoln Center in New York City this Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. Led by pianist and composer Toshiko Akiyoshi who came to prominence in the 1970s when the big band was an anomaly. Influenced by the sounds of her native Japan and big band leaders before her (namely Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Bud Powell), Akiyoshi embraced the big band style and rose to success by pumping power into the reed section. Anchored by her long-time partner, saxophonist Lew Tabackin, and Japanese taiko drummer Eitetsu Hayashi, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra will perform Akiyoshi’s award-winning compositions.

Trumpet Ensemble to perform at International Conference.

The BGSU Trumpet Ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference in May. The conference is in Columbus, Georgia and takes place from May 22-26. Members of the ensemble are: Lance Witty, Jared Nicholson, George Hammel, Thomas Darlington, Angela Berens, and Kevin Rahrig. The ensemble will perform “Guilded Fanfare” by James Stephenson and premiere “El Regalo” by David Bixler.

Thomas Darlington awarded Trumpet Scholarship

Tom Darlington has been awarded a scholarship through the International Trumpet Guild to attend the 2012 ITG conference in Columbus, Georgia. Students auditioning for a scholarship were required to submit a recording of the following works (18-22 year old category):
1. L.J. Vannetelbosch: Twenty Melodic and Technical Studies for Trumpet, Etude #15 (Alphonse Leduc)
2. E. Ewazen: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, mvmt. 3 (Southern Music Co.)
Tom is a Junior Music Education major.

BGSU voice students place in NATS

On Saturday, March 3rd, the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Regional Auditions were held @ Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Three BGSU voice majors competed and placed! Tatiana Gorbunova, student of Robert Satterlee, was their accompanist. Most of the contestants in the competition were from Michigan, Indiana, and Ontario, Canada. The three BGSU singers are students of Prof. Myra Merrit:

Briana Sosenheimer 2nd place Category 12 Advanced Women & Men

Theresa Zapata 1st place Category 13 Advanced Women & Men

Sarah Dudley Honorable Mention Category 8 Junior College Women