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New release from Jazz Studies Director David Bixler featured on WBGO Radar

SlinkSlink, the latest recording from Auction Project, has been featured on WBGO Radar in anticipation of the album’s September 15 release.

Auction Project is BGSU Jazz Studies Director David Bixler on alto sax, Heather Martin Bixler on violin, Arturo O’Farrill on piano, Carlo De Rosa on bass and Vince Cherico on drums. Mike Stern makes a guest appearance on electric guitar.

Of the group’s unique musical style, WBGO lauds the album for “stak[ing] out uncommon musical territory, a place where Celtic reels merge with gospel and funk, as if it were the most natural thing on earth”.

Listen to Slink and read more of WBGO’s praise for the new release.

Professors Charles Saenz and Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu tour Taiwan

Professors Charles Saenz, trumpet and Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, piano, along with Professor James Ackley (Trumpet, University of South Carolina), will present a tour of Taiwan from September 24-26, 2014.

Events include Master Classes and Recitals at:
National Taiwan Normal University
Shih-Chien University
National Tainan University

Professors Liu and Saenz with James Ackley
Professors Liu and Saenz with James Ackley

CMA Faculty Members participate in Toledo Opera’s production of Susannah

“Widely regarded as the greatest American opera, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah is set in 1950s rural Tennessee. Its unabashedly neo-romantic music beautifully evokes the opera’s Appalachian setting.”

This season, Toledo Opera will be commencing an American Opera Series with Susannah; starring renowned bass-baritone Samuel Ramey as Blitch and the College of Musical Arts’ Jennifer Goode Cooper in the title role. CMA faculty members round out the cast and production team for the opera. Dr. Sean Cooper will be serving as stage director for the production and Christopher Scholl will perform the role of Elder Hayes.

Jennifer Goode Cooper, soprano

Jennifer Goode Cooper, soprano

Find out more about the production.


New Alumni Landing Page

The College of Musical Arts has a new Alumni page! Check here often for stories about all the accomplishments our alumni are achieving and to read about all the adventures they are having. You can also donate, update or add your information, and even submit your own stories. We always love hearing the amazing stories our alumni have and want to share them with the rest of the world.

If you or someone you know have am alumni story they wish to share, just click the “Submit Your News” button and fill out the form. If you have any pictures please send them directly to CMA Publications. We always enjoy seeing pictures and will add them to your story. The CMA Publication Office will review your story and will contact you via email if we have any questions.

Andrew Pelletier, horn, featured artist at the 46th International Horn Symposium

Andrew Pelletier Andrew Pelletier, Associate Professor of Horn, will be a featured artist at the 46th International Symposium of the International Horn Society (IHS). He will be featured alongside some of the most talented horn players in the world including but not limited to: the American Horn Quartet,  the The Budapest Festival Horn QuartetNew York Philharmonic HornsBerliner Philharmoniker Horns, Richard Watkins from the Royal Academy of Music, London, and Frank Lloyd.  The IHS will be held for the first time in London, England; at the Imperial College from August 11-15, 2014.  He’ll be presenting the world premieres of Kerry Turner’s “Couperin Variations” for horn and piano and BGSU’s Christopher Dietz’s “Signal” for horn and two percussionists; as well as the UK premiere of BGSU alumnus Cory Kasprzyk’s “Chugach” for horn and electronic media.  He will also perform the “Hamburg Concerto” for horn and orchestra by Gyorgy Ligeti at the end of the week.  This is the sixth International Horn Society Symposium that Pelletier has been an invited soloist.