Benjamin Bacni, a 2014 BGSU alumni and horn student of Andrew Pelletier, has won the First Prize in the 2015 International Horn Competition of America, University Division. The IHCA is the only internationally-recognized solo competition for the horn in the United States, held every two years. At the competition, Benjamin also won the Gretchen Snedeker Prize for his performance of Tim Martin’s “Lament for Horn Solo”.
Solungga Liu, Associate Professor of Piano, has been invited as a guest artist faculty to teach and perform at Atlantic Music Festival, an international summer program in Waterville Maine. Professor Liu will coach students, give a master class and perform Robert Paterson’s Deep Blue Ocean for Two Pianos (2010) with Sang Woo Kang, Director of the Piano Program at AMF.
BGSU music history professor Arne Spohr has been invited to teach a workshop on Black Musicians in Early Modern Europe (1450-1800) at the 39th International Wolfenbüttel Summer School on Early Modern European Black Studies, an emerging field in the study of European history and culture. It takes place at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, Germany, from 07/26 to 08/08, 2015. Among the international faculty are Kate Lowe (University of London), Rebekka von Mallinckrodt (University of Bremen) and Eve Rosenhaft (University of Liverpool). Students (M.A., Ph.D.) are from institutions such as Princeton Theological Seminary, the University of Copenhagen and the Freie Universität Berlin.
Director of Jazz Studies and part of the ensemble to win at the 15th Latin Grammy Awards, David Bixler, alto saxophone, will perform this week with Arturo O’Farrill, piano; Heather Martin Bixler, violin; Carlo De Rosa, bass; and Vince Cherico, drums and cymbals.
Fidelia Esther Darmahkasih and Hilary Maiberger will both be performing in Jarkarta, Indonesia this month. Esther, a current BGSU student will be singing a concert in the Goethe House May 30. She will be assisted by Jacqueline Berndt ( flute major at BGSU) and Ivana Tjandra ( former piano major also from BGSU). Hilary, a former voice major at BGSU will be singing Belle with the international tour of Beauty and the Beast in the Ciputra Artpreneur Theater from May 26 to June 30.
Dr. Stephen W. Hodge, newly retired from his position as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toledo, has donated his personal collection of choral music to the College of Musical Arts. A 24-year member of the UT faculty, Dr. Hodge noted his appreciation that the choral faculty at BGSU has the interest and enthusiasm to see value in the donation. Independently appraised at $18,000, the acquisition will be used by choral students and faculty for many years to come.