Category Archives: music-education-alumni

BGSU Alum becomes president of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music has hired Gregory Ruffer for the position of President/CEO.

Ruffer is a performing arts leader, conductor and voice teacher with a quarter century of experience in the field. He has served most recently as the Music Department Chair at the Patel Conservatory and Chorus Master for Opera Tampa, both at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida. In these positions, Mr. Ruffer was the administrative leader of a large, multi-faceted music department that included children’s music, Suzuki, youth orchestra, rock school, vocal arts, guitar, jazz and private lessons. He managed a department of nearly 50 music teachers and administrators, a professional opera chorus of 50 singers, and created and oversaw a large departmental budget.

Ruffer holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from BGSU.

Alum Richard Alleshouse inducted into Norwalk HS Hall of Fame

Richard Alleshouse, B.S.’63, has had the honor of being inducted into the 2012 Class of Norwalk High School Hall of Fame, academic division.   Richard has been on the faculty of BGSU and UT and taught orchestra students for 33 years, most recently retiring as Director of Orchestras in Sylvania, Ohio, schools.  He is in his 48th year as Principal Double Bass of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and his first season with the orchestra was 1961.

BGSU Alum, Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan Nowlin, Conducts Kansas State Wind Ensemble

CMA alumnus and Marine Band staff arranger Staff Sgt. Ryan Nowlin will conduct the Kansas State Wind Ensemble and Concert Band at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Nowlin will lead the Wind Ensemble and a 200 member chorus in his own composition, It Is Well, written in honor of Nowlin’s mentor Dr. Vincent J. Polce. He will also conduct both the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band in several Sousa marches.