Prof. of Cello, Alan Smith, recently toured South Korea (Oct. 27-Nov. 9, 2011). While in Korea, he performed several solo recitals in Seoul, MoPok, Yeongju, Gwangju, and appeared as concerto soloist with the Gwangju Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, he presented several master classes at various schools and universities.
The recording “40 Acres and a Burro” by Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra — featuring BGSU professor David Bixler, arranger, and Heather Martin Bixler, violin — has been nominated for the Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.
Andrew Pelletier, Associate Professor of Horn, has been appointed the Ohio Representative for the International Horn Society by the Society’s Advisory Council and President. The duties of the position will be to increase communication amongst horn players within Ohio and to develop and promote events featuring the horn in Ohio and the surrounding region.
Dr. Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, assistant professor of piano, premiered Gregory Mertl’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Symphony on November 22 with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, conducted by Craig Kirchhoff. This concerto was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at
Brigham Young University and was written for Solungga Liu and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble. A subsequent CD of the Concerto will be released by INNOVA in 2012.
Sidra Lawrence, Instructor of Ethnomusicology, won both the African Music Section and Wong Tolbert prizes at the Society for Ethnomusicology national meeting for her 2010 paper “Sounds of Development? Race, Authenticity and Tradition among Dagara Women of Northwestern Ghana.”
Composition faculty member Elainie Lillios travels to Boston November 16-19 to participate as a judge in the Sound in Space competition. Lillios will be joined by two of the leading experts in electroacoustics, Daniel Teruggi, Director of the GRM, Groupe de Recherche Musicales (France) and Ludger Brummer, Director of ZKM, Institute for Music and Acoustics in Karlsruhe (Germany) The festival is co-sponsored by The Goethe-Institut Boston and the Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France, in partnership with Harvard University and Northeastern University. In addition to judging the competition, Lillios will participate with Teruggi and Brummer on a panel discussion entitled “On the interpretation of electroacoustic music”, and her piece “Stumbling Dance” will be presented on Saturday night’s concert. She will also give a lecture at Northeastern University and Berklee College. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/bos/kue/aoi/enindex.htm?wt_sc=boston-soundinspace