Category Archives: faculty news

John Sampen announces performance schedule

Upcoming performances for Distinguished Research Professor John Sampen:

March 4 Guest Recital/Masterclass– University of Alberta (Edmonton)
March 13 Guest Recital/Masterclass – Oklahoma State University
March 15-18 Soloist at the North American Saxophone Alliance national convention performance
at Arizona State University
March 19 Guest Recital/Masterclass- University of Missouri Columbia
March 20 Guest Recital/Masterclass – University of Missouri/Kansas City
March 30 Guest Recital with Mark Bunce – Western Michigan University
April 3 Paris Conservatory Presentation with Dr. Marilyn Shrude
April 5 Selmer Showroom Recital with Dr. Marilyn Shrude (Paris)
April 10 Bordeaux Conservatory presentation with Dr. Marilyn Shrude

Pelletier to be horn soloist in Illinois

Andrew Pelletier, Associate Professor of Horn, will be the Featured Artist for this year’s Western Illinois Horn Festival, at Western Illinois University in Macomb. He will present a masterclass, be part of panel discussion on performance practices, and will perform a recital as part of the festival. This year is the 10th anniversary of this festival, and Dr. Pelletier was also the very first Featured Artist. For more information:

Pelletier to be horn soloist in Adrian, Michigan

Andrew Pelletier, Associate Professor of Horn, will be the featured soloist with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the historic Crowell Opera House, in Adrian, Michigan. He will be performing the “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings” by Benjamin Britten, along with tenor Drake Dantzier. For more information:

Profs. Schoonmaker and Bylsma to perform in Texas

Dr. Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers and Kevin Bylsma will be the keynote speakers/presenters at the inaugural session of the Singers’ Consortia Art Song Festival, which will be held March 4-6, 2012, at West Texas A&M University. The Singers’ Consortia is “a new organization of people personally invested in the creation of new art song,” the brainchild of BGSU alum Dr. Christopher Meerdink. For more information follow this link:

Jazzed about the Grammys

A Bowling Green State University music faculty member has a hand in a 2012 Grammy-nominated album.

David Bixler, an assistant professor of jazz studies, arranged one of the songs on the album “40 Acres and a Burro” by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The album is a contender in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category.

Bixler’s contribution to the album is an arrangement of the traditional Irish song “She Moves Through the Fair.” On the album jacket Bixler is called an “amazing composer, saxophonist. … It is not a stretch that this arrangement of a traditional Irish air is on our record. We believe the music we call jazz belongs to the planet and that beauty knows no borders or genres.” Additionally, Bixler’s arrangement, which starts with a violin solo by his wife, Heather Martin Bixler, is described as “achingly beautiful.” It is the tale of a man whose wife tragically dies and he is constantly seeing her ghost, Bixler explained.

He has been a part of this musical genre for many years, performing with Arturo O’Farrill’s bands and with O’Farrill’s father, the legendary composer and musician Chico O’Farrill.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity,” Bixler said about the album and the Grammy nomination. This is the first year Latin jazz is not a separate category at the Grammy Awards; however, Bixler said the upside is that for the first time this genre of music moves into a mainstream category that is announced during the actual ceremony.

Bixler has also been part of another Grammy nomination. He played saxophone on Bobby Sanabria’s “Big Band Urban Folktales” album, which was up for Best Latin Jazz Recording in 2007.

Bixler joined the BGSU jazz studies faculty in 2008. He graduated from Indiana University in music performance, and after deciding he wanted to teach, he went on to receive a master’s degree in composition from Montclair (N.J.) State University.

The telecast of the Grammy Awards ceremony is at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 on CBS.