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Carol Hayward guest conducts at UMass Honor Band Cinic

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Dr. Carol Hayward, Associate Professor of Music Education, was the guest conductor at the Honor Band Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Feb. 6 and 7, 2015. While on campus, Hayward conducted the UMass Wind Symphony in performance, presented a clinic for the Symphony Band, and presented a lecture for the Delta Delta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma’s “Women in Music” lecture series. She also rehearsed and conducted the select high school Honor Band which was comprised of students from seven states.

Karl Larson to premiere work by David Lang

Karl Larson

Dr. Karl Larson (MM, DMA BGSU) will give the world premiere of “hard hit” for solo piano by David Lang. The concert will take place on January 29, 2015, at Spectrum in New York, NY.

A sought after collaborator, Larson has worked with many notable musicians from around the country, including Tristan Perich, Mantra, Eve Beglarian, the Eco Ensemble, the Sleeping Giant Collective, and the W4 Composer Collective. He is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Brass students perform Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra

BGSU Brass at TSO

Students from the Trumpet and Tuba/Euphonium studios performed the Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.  The performances took place on January 17 and 18, 2015.  Members include: Jon Britt, Molly Fink, Marcus Flores, Rachel Richards, Bryan Bates, Thomas Darlington, David Gieseler, Caitlin Ballinger, Chris Lortie, Joshua Amaro, and Mark Simmons.

Bassoon Chamber Music New Release from Susan Nelson and BGSU Faculty


“Elements,” the winning works from the 2012 and 2014 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition was released on January 1st with the MSR Classics label. The CD showcases music for bassoon, and all the works on the CD are world premiere recordings. Recording artists include Susan Nelson, bassoon; Nermis Mieses, oboe; Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, piano; Jennifer Goode Cooper, soprano; Matthew Daline, viola; Steve Miahky and Christina McGann, violins; Jacqueline Black, cello; and Jeffrey Barudin, marimba.  The pieces were recorded in the Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts by Mark Bunce.

Susan Nelson, Professor of Bassoon at BGSU, is a performer and proponent of new works for the instrument. This winter she is the Guest Artist Instructor for the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp in Las Vegas, January 17-19, 2015.  Dr. Nelson will work with students on reed making, chamber music, and special topics as well as give daily faculty recitals.

DMA Pianist Michiko Saiki wins 1st Prize in the Without Words Film Festival

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Second-year DMA pianist Michiko Saiki was awarded 1st Prize in the Without Words Film Festival for her work, “a, i, u, e, o.”

The film was one of 263 entries submitted under the theme Digital Superimpositions. The competition was held at the University of Lorraine, Ile du Saulcy, in Metz, France and was judged by experts from France, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. Ms. Saiki’s work was created to remind people of the tragic aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake in her native country Japan. Ms. Saiki has studied with Drs. Tom Rosenkranz and Laura Melton.