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Andrew Pelletier to Perform at 2011 Summer Festival with Southwest Chamber Music

Andrew Pelletier, Associate Professor of Horn, will feature in the final concert of the 2011 Summer Festival of the two-time Grammy winning ensemble, Southwest Chamber Music, at the historic Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA, August 20 and 21. This summer’s festival, “Mozart and more” centered on performances of the complete Mozart quintets paired with new works, especially those commissioned by the ensemble. Pelletier will be featured in the Mozart Quintet for horn and strings, K. 407.

(Submitted by Andrew Pelletier)

Incoming BGSU freshmen music majors to perform with Sanctus Real at the Stroh Center

Two incoming freshmen music majors at BGSU will be performing at the first concert in the new Stroh Center on BGSU’s campus with guest artists, Sanctus Real on Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 pm. Kathleen Schnerer and Brittany Brouwer, both violinists and Music Education majors, will be providing string background music for a few of the artist’s hit songs. Congratulations to our new freshmen class!

(Submitted by Susan Hoekstra)

CMA Students Win Prizes at 3rd Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition – Bangkok, Thailand

Noa Even – 3rd Prize Winner and soloist with orchestra (plus a new saxophone, prize money, and a concert in Shanghai)
(Noa is a second year DMA student at BGSU)

Joel Diegert – 5th Prize Winner and soloist with orchestra
(Joel is just finishing advanced studies in Paris after completing his MM at BGSU in 2008)

Pin-Hua Chen – Semifinalist and the first Taiwanese saxophonist to advance in the history of this competition
(Pin-Hua is a 2nd year MM at BGSU)

Note: Noa and Joel were the only two Americans in the final round of the Londeix Competition. In the semifinal round, Noa and Pin-Hua both performed “Renewing the Myth” by BGSU faculty composer Dr. Marilyn Shrude. Noa is now touring in Thailand where she is presenting recitals. Her Thailand touring program includes “Fantasmi” by Marilyn Shrude.

(Submitted by John Sampen)

BGSU’s College of Musical Arts Hosts New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp

The last two summers brought singers from as far as Japan, South Africa and France to rehearse, sing and perform together to the BGSU campus for the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp. From August 1-7 the 6-day camp will again feature the intense and unique blend of New York Voices ensemble singing and soloist virtuosity in both teaching and performing. In its third year, the multi-Grammy winners return to their BGSU camp to teach and perform with a total of six nights of concerts:

In featured concerts, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Kim Nazarian, will present material from their solo projects and recordings. On August 1st hosting ensemble BGSU Jazz Singers and the BGSU camp faculty Morgen Stiegler, Chris Buzzelli and Doug Neel will perform at 8 pm.

On the 2nd Kinhan and Eldridge will bring their sophisticated sounds to the Bowling Green audience in a joint concert. Wednesday night will include a feature performance by camp faculty and ‘5th Voice’ Greg Jasperse, while Thursday night, Aug. 4th will have Nazarian present selections from her upcoming album as well as a tribute to Mr. Rogers, alongside Meader’s awe-inspiring virtuosity on both the vocal mic and tenor saxophone.

Friday August 5th will feature highlights from select 2011 campers and on August 6th the Camp Ensembles perform at 3:30 pm and then New York Voices live at BGSU will return as the staple music experience of the camp. For more information, please see

2011 BGSU New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp Concerts: All Concerts at Bryan Recital Hall, College of Musical Arts – Bowling Green, OH

BGSU Jazz Singer & Morgen Stiegler Quartet feat. Chris Buzzelli
Monday, August 1, 2011 – 8 pm, free

Peter Eldridge & Lauren Kinhan
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 – 8 pm, $5 at the door

Camper Concert & featured performance by Greg Jasperse
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 – 8 pm, free

Darmon Meader & Kim Nazarian
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 – 8 pm, $5 at the door

Camper Concert featuring selected 2011 campers
Friday, August 5, 2011 – 8 pm, free

The Camp Ensembles
Saturday, August 6, 2011 – 4:00 pm, free

Featured Camp Event: New York Voices in Concert
Saturday, August 6, 2011 – 8 pm, $15

(Submitted by Susan Knapp)

Trombone Student Adam Bell Performes with Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific

Adam Bell, music performance trombone senior, performed with the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific (SOAP) June 18 – July 5. SOAP is held in the picturesque seaside town of Powell River, on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, approximately 80 miles north of Vancouver. Participants play in the festival orchestra under the baton of maestro Arthur Arnold, study with renowned players from some of the world’s top orchestras, and participate in master classes, private lessons, and audition training. Adam was also selected to perform on a chamber music program with faculty members from the festival.

(Submitted by Bill Mathis)

Li Kuang, trombone major, wins International Trombone Association Frank Smith Competition

Li Kuang, trombone major and graduating senior, is the winner of the International Trombone Association Frank Smith Competition. Kuang was named a finalist in the competition last spring and performed in the final round at the International Trombone Festival in Nashville on June 22, 2011. As first prize winner, Kuang will receive a custom made S. E. Shires trombone. Li is pictured here with competition judge and previous Frank Smith winner Jeremy Wilson, second trombonists with the Vienna Philharmonic.

The Frank Smith competition began in 1975 and is open to any trombonist twenty-five years and younger. Past winners include many who have gone on to prominent careers in professional orchestras and teaching positions throughout the United States and abroad. Li will begin his master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Michigan in the fall.

(Submitted by William Mathis)