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“Paul Dresher is both composer and inventor”

Dresher Double Duo

This past weekend, October 15-18th, Bowling Green heard some of the freshest and boldest voices in contemporary music. The 35th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival featured a number of prominent artists active in the creation of new works, including featured guest composer Paul Dresher. The Sentinel Tribune covered his recent residency and writes on the background Dresher’s eclectic body of work.

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Magic Deuce Duo to Premiere New Work

Magic Deuce Duo

Eric Salazar and Caitlin Phillips of the Magic Deuce flute and clarinet duo have commissioned a new piece of music from Chelsea Komschlies, composer and graphic artist of the Colorado based Pendulum New Music Ensemble. Salazar and Phillips were exposed to Komschlies’ music at the 2014 Fresh Inc Festival. The Magic Deuce were both so taken with Komschlies flute-clarinet duo entitled “Steam” that the duo decided to ask the composer to write them a new piece of music. The new piece entitled “Book of Spells” is to be premiered this November. Komschlies’ new work is an interdisciplinary adventure containing both sound art and visual art created by the composer. Graphic artwork will be displayed on a projector as the Magic Deuce performs the music. In addition to “Book of Spells” the duo will be performing works by Muczynski, Osmun, Liang, and Villa-Lobos.

Magic Deuce can be found on their Facebook page or contacted at

Student Recital: Caitlin Philips, flute & Eric Salazar, clarinet

November 16, 2014 | 6 p.m. | Bryan Recital Hall

More information on the ensemble and the piece:


Chelsea Komschlies, composer

Komschlies writes about the piece: “Book of Spells” is a whimsical piece in which each movement represents its own imaginary spell. The music is dark and mysterious at times, sprightly and bubbling at others, while keeping an overall lighthearted fairytale mood.

Appraisal for the Magic Deuce:

“The Magic Deuce have an infectious personality that is projected through their relaxing stage presence and cohesiveness as a duet. The audience can experience the strong friendship between “the deuce” simply by viewing a live performance. This must be where the magic came from.” -Eric Heidbreder, Fifth House Ensemble

“Eric Salazar and Caitlin Phillips of The Magic Deuce are adventurous interpreters and fearless performers. They perform with conviction, and are dedicated to broadening the repertoire for their unique instrumentation.” -Melissa Snoza, Executive Director: Fifth House Ensemble, Adjunct Professor of Flute: Carthage College, Professor of Performing Arts Management, DePaul University

BGSU Choral Program announces collaboration with Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company


“Bowling Green State University College of Music has found a new way to leave its mark on the world of choral music,” writes the Sentinel Tribune.

“Mark Munson, the director of choral studies, hit upon the idea to create a Bowling Green State University Series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Munson called the company “the cutting edge publisher for choral music.”

The series would include pieces  composed for BGSU vocal ensembles.”

The first piece in the collaboration with the publishing company is a composition by American composer Libby Larsen. As the 2012 McMaster Professor in Vocal and Choral Studies, Larsen  worked closely with the choral program at the College of Musical Arts during  her residency.

“Look! Be: leap;” was commissioned to commemorate the centennial of the University Women’s Chorus and will be premiered at the 2014 New Music Festival on Thursday, October 16  in Kobacker Hall.

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For more information on the upcoming premiere of Libby Larsen’s “Look! Be: leap;” visit the New Music Festival page for a full event listing.

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