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Bruce Moss celebrates 35 years with Wheaton Municipal Band

Bruce Moss, Director of Bands, celebrates 35 years with the Wheaton Municipal Band in Wheaton, IL. Moss started directing the band at the early age of 26-years-old when he had only been teaching in the public schools for a few years.

“There were definitely some growing pains on both ends because I was younger than many people in the band, Moss says now. ‘My thought process always was, ‘You stick with me, I’ll make this happen. Let’s get through this, we’ll put this thing on the map like it’s never been put on before.'” –

Within the 35 years that Moss has been directing the band, he has lead them to great success including one of four bands that were featured on PBS’s special on John Phillip Sousa. The band also performed at the Grant Park Music Festival and the the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

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Douglas Wayland Memorial Concert


In honor of Doug’s many contributions of the College of Musical Arts, donations and gifts will be accepted in support of the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition. For more information, please contact Dr. Bill Mathis, Chair of the Department of Music Performance Studies, at or 419-372-8576. Please visit the calendar for more information.

Sunday, September 14, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Bryan Recital Hall | Moore Musical Arts Center

Program will include musical performances, tributes, and memories

Venessa Porter Winner of the Green Dot Journey Composer Competition


Venessa Porter announced as the winner of the Green Dot Journey Composer Competition‘s Northwestern US region ,Seven composers were announced on July 1, 2014 as the winners of the Green Dot Journey Composer Project Competition (see winners below). Their pieces, written for violin and piano, depict different regions of the United States and Canada and will be performed at house concerts and art gallery concerts on the Green Dot Journey starting September 1, 2014.

Prof. Spohr presents paper in the Czech Republic

Dr. Arne Spohr, professor of music history at BGSU​ will be presenting a paper at the conference “Looking for Leisure. Court Residences and their Satellites, 1400-1700” in Prague this weekend. The conference is organized and funded by the European Science Foundation and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.



Professor Thomas Rosenkranz and his students to tour China

Associate Professor of Piano, Thomas Rosenkranz will return to China to tour with members of his piano studio for concerts at the Sichuan Minorities University, South West University in Chongqing, and the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu from May 13-May 17th. Additionally, he will be a featured soloist with the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of J.S. Bach’s D minor Keyboard Concerto on May 23rd and will serve on the jury for the Shanghai Spring Festival Competition sponsored by Weibo; the Chinese version of Twitter.

Prof. Mieses first American to place in oboe competition

BGSU’s Assistant Professor of Oboe, Nermis Mieses, was awarded third prize at the 2014 Barbirolli International Oboe Competition. The prestigious event was held in the Isle of Man, British Isle, from April 5-12. A world class jury panel comprised by George Caird, Neil Black, Maurice Bourgue and Han de Vries heard 23 competitors representing 19 different countriesAfter a series of 5 rounds Ms. Mieses became the first American finalist in the existence of the competition. Her prize was handed over by His Excellency Mr Adam Wood, Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.

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