Category Archives: alumni

Two CMA Alumni Win Lois Alba Aria Competition

BGSU alumna Tammie Bradley, who graduated in 2009, won the second prize in the Lois Alba Aria Competition in Houston, TX on May 15. The third place winner was Elizabeth Baldwin, also a CMA graduate. Baldwin is singing Micaela in Carmen with Arbor Opera on Thursday and Saturday, June 16 and 18th at 7:30pm at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

(Submitted by Myra Merritt)

BGSU CMA Alumnus Matthew D. Schatt Published in Update (MENC Journal)

BGSU CMA Alumnus Dr. Matthew D. Schatt is now a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University and is having a research paper published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. The article, “High School Instrumental Music Students’ Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Practice: An Application of Attribution Theory ” is appearing in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Update. This is a peer-reviewed paper. Update’s focus is to bring current research to both scholars and practitioners in music education; the journal is published by MENC, the Music Educators National Conference.

You may access the journal on-line at You will need to have an MENC password. Once you have logged in, click on the link to SAGE Publications to reach the current issue of Update. Or if your institution is affiliated with SAGE Publications, you may access the current issue through

(Submitted by Richard Kennell)

CMA Alumus Named Music Department Chair at the Patel Conservatory of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and Chorus Master for Opera Tampa

Gregory Ruffer was recently named Music Department Chair at the Patel Conservatory of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. He was also named Chorus Master for Opera Tampa. Ruffer recieved a Bachelors’ of Music from the CMA in 1987, and a Masters’ Degree from the CMA in 1995.

(Submitted by Susan Knapp)

CMA Alum Megan E. Bell, Soprano, Awarded the Edith Newfield Scholarship

Megan E. Bell (M.M. 2008), soprano, was awarded the Edith Newfield Scholarship in the amount of $4,000 at The Musicians Club of Women’s 2011 Annual Music Scholarship Auditions held on Saturday, March 12 at Roosevelt University.  

As of 2010, the club is awarding annual scholarships totaling $67,500 in women’s voice, piano, strings and winds to the winners of an annual competition. In addition to these monetary awards, the club provides performance opportunities to both its scholarship winners and to active performing members of the club in two free public concert series presented in Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center and at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.

View more information about Ms. Bell’s engagements at

(Submitted by Megan Bell)

Ryan Nowlin to conduct the BGSU Wind Symphony in his winning composition “Fanfare: Sounds of the Centennial” at the Centennial Academic Convocation

Be part of Nov. 9 Centennial Academic Convocation

On Nov. 9, the University will host a Centennial Academic Convocation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state’s decision to locate a state normal school in Bowling Green, Ohio. The convocation will begin at 2:30 p.m. In Anderson Arena. ?More than 200 faculty members have agreed to participate in the event and be part of the academic processional.

Ron Clark, a New York Times best-selling author and the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, will be the keynote speaker. BGSU alumnus Ryan Nowlin, staff arranger for the United States Marine Band, will return to campus to conduct the BGSU Wind Symphony in his winning composition “Fanfare: Sounds of the Centennial.”

President Carol Cartwright will preside over the academic ceremony, and Larry Weiss, BGSU Centennial Anniversary Commission co-chair, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Faculty members who have indicated they will participate in the processional should report to 101 Olscamp Hall at 1:30 p.m. for the robing assembly where they will be lined up according to their colleges. There will be signage in the room to help participants locate their college.