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2015 Dubois Piano Competition Semi-Finalists selected

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Semi-finalists have been selected in the fifth annual David D. Dubois Piano Competition at the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts. Contest winners will receive $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.

Competing in the next round, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 in BGSU’s Kobacker Hall, will be: Mark Bixel (Bluffton, OH); Yung-­‐Yi Chen(Interlochen, MI); Noah  Chojnacki (Eagan, MN); Gabrielle Hsu(Cherry Hill, NJ) Karissa  Huang (Cleveland, OH); Adrian Liao (San Diego, CA) Eric Lin (Falls Church, VA); Charlie Liu (Princeton, NJ); Logan Maccariella (Maumee, OH); Jonathan Mattson (Rochester, MN); Abhik Mazumber (Columbus, OH); Chaska McGowan (Sioux Falls, SD); Lucas Myers (Rochester Hills, MI); Poom Pipatjarasgit (Sylvania, OH); Luke Ratcliffe (Sterling, VA); Amber Scherer (Winnetka, IL); Kevin Takeda (Indian Wells, CA); Hanqiu Xu (Rocheser, NY); Vivian Xu (East Brunswick, NJ); Junyu Zhang (Rochester, NY); Minyi Zhang (Interlochen, MI); and Lewis Zou, Solon, OH.

Pianists selected from that round will compete in the final round from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 15. Judges for the competition include Robert Satterlee from BGSU, Virginia Marks, BGSU Emeritus Faculty,  along with Dubois Piano Festival and BGSU Festival Series guest artist Vadym Kholodenko, 2013 Gold Medalist in the Van Cliburn Competition.  Mr. Kholodenko will also be giving a master class for students at at 2:30 p.m. Feb.13  in Bryan Recital Hall. The master class is free and open to the public.

The piano competition is also part of the Dubois Piano Festival and includes a performance by Vadym Kholodenko, at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 in Kobacker Hall. To purchase tickets online for this performance, visit or call 419-372-8171.

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.

BGSU CMA Alumna, Kathleen Murray, named President of Whitman College

Kathleen Murray

A letter to the Whitman College Community from, Brad McMurchie ’84, Chair of the Board of Trustees:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees it is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Kathleen Murray, Provost, Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Music, and former Acting President of Macalester College, will become Whitman’s 14th President on July 1, 2015. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Kathy after having received the same endorsement from the Presidential Search Committee.

The Search Committee began its work by developing a set of principles in consultation with all College constituencies. These principles, summarized in the Presidential Prospectus, guided our selection process. Over the intervening 8 months, the Committee reviewed the applications of more than 100 candidates. The College’s strong position allowed us to attract an extraordinarily impressive pool. A series of in-depth interviews and personal interactions culminated with the selection of Kathy.

From the beginning it was clear to the committee that a leading priority would be to find a President with a deep background in the liberal arts as well as the ability to articulate the power of the type of education offered at Whitman. We also sought a candidate able to lead the College in the development of a new strategic plan and with the experience necessary to turn that plan into reality through both their management abilities and fund raising prowess. Kathy stood out from a pool that included leaders from some of the nation’s best colleges and universities. Kathy is described by a peer as a “calm, good listener [who is] able to clearly and respectfully articulate her views.” In Kathy, the Committee found the person with the experience and vision to lead Whitman forward as we build on the success of the last ten years. We also found a person with great warmth, intelligence, and a sense of humor.

At Macalester, Kathy was responsible for the academic program of one of America’s finest liberal arts colleges. She also directed the planning for Macalester’s new $70 million Fine Arts Center and played a key role in the development of the College’s new strategic plan. As a testament to her leadership skills, Macalester’s Board of Trustees selected Kathy to serve as Acting President of the College during the fall of 2013. Away from Macalester, Kathy serves as the Vice Chair of the American Conference of Academic Deans and as a Director of the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth.

Kathy, as a first generation college student, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) from Illinois Wesleyan University. She received a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University and a Doctor of Music (Piano Performance and Pedagogy) from Northwestern University. Kathy began her academic career at Lawrence University (a selective liberal arts college and conservatory of music, enrolling approximately 1350 students), where she moved from Department Chair to Dean of the Conservatory of Music to Dean of the Faculty. Before being appointed as Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Macalester in 2008, Kathy served for three years as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Birmingham-Southern College. She is also a 2004 graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management.  Please click here to learn more about Dr. Murray.

The campus owes a debt of gratitude to all the members of the Search Committee and, in particular, to Co-Chairs Nancy Serrurier and Janice Abraham. The Trustees, Overseers, faculty, staff, and students on the committee, along with our search consultants from Storbeck/Pimentel, worked tirelessly and collegially to find the next great leader of Whitman. I also want to thank President George Bridges. Our ability to attract such an outstanding pool of candidates is a testament to his hard work and leadership since assuming the Presidency in 2005.

Kathy and her partner Bridget Reischl are excited to join the Whitman and Walla Walla communities. Please join me in welcoming them.


Alum pianist Anna Vasilyeva is staying busy!

Russian pianist Anna Vasilyeva graduated from College of Musical Arts in May of 2011, earning a Master of Music degree. She majored in Piano Performance and studied with Professor Thomas Rosenkranz.
Currently, Anna is a second year Artist Diploma in collaborative piano student of Anita Pontremoli, at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Anna has recently been appointed an Executive Director of the “Russian Heritage Piano Competition” (RHPC)in St. Petersburg. The competition is held at the Special Music School of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and celebrates the memory of Professor Elena Shishko.

In July 2012, Anna was a guest artist at the Piano Plus International Festival in Athens, Greece, where she gave a recital and taught a master class at the Athens Conservatory. Recently, Anna recorded music for the film “Spectral Evidence,” under the multi- award winning director, David Manocchio. The film will be released in summer of 2012.

Anna’s future engagements include performances at the International Piano Festival in Castrolibero, Cosenza, Italy (Sept, 2012), as well as at the Piano Plus International Festival (July, 2013).

BGSU alum Scott Price honored by SEC

Scott Price, who holds a B.M. in piano performance from BGSU, as well as an M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a D.M.A. from the University of Oklahoma, currently serves as Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, Head of the Piano Area, and Coordinator of Group Piano in the University of South Carolina School of Music. Dr. Price has just been chosen as one of just 12 professors from the universities of the Southeast Conference to receive an SEC achievement award.