Jeff Halsey recently concluded a series of performances at the Detroit Jazz Festival over the Labor Day weekend. He performed as the bassist with the festival’s Artist in Recidence, Pat Metheny, and was a featured performer with the festival’s artistic director, Chris Collins in “Jazz from the Shamrock Shore.” Additionally, Halsey was featured in the festival’s final concert involving both big band and string orchestra. The Detroit Jazz Festival is the world’s largest jazz festival and is free to the public.
The National Youth of the Year scholarship program through the Boys & Girls Club of America recognizes Boys & Girls Club leaders with the opportunities to travel, speak, and represent the organization. Scholarship money is awarded at every level, and the National Youth of the Year receives a $100,000 college scholarship.
In April, Alora Allen, a Music Education student at BGSU, was selected as the 2015 Michigan Youth of the Year and traveled to Chicago to participate in the regional program. In July, she was selected as the 2015 Midwest Regional Youth of the Year and is now the Boys & Girls Club youth representative for her region. So far, she has earned $48,000 in scholarships for her tuition at Bowling Green State University.
This September she has the opportunity to participate in the National Youth of the year program in Washington DC. From September 25-30th she will be meeting with Congressional leaders, high profile corporate executives and celebrities, and will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
Congratulations Alora Allen for your incredible achievement, and best wishes from us at the College of Musical Arts!
The editors at Ashgate Publishing have named Dr. Mary Natvig’s 2002 book, Teaching Music History, as the most influential book they had published in the field.
Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, Director of Orchestral Activities, Conducting & Ensembles has recently authored “A Dictionary for the Modern Conductor” published by Rowman & Littlefield.
“Titles in Dictionaries for the Modern Musician: A Scarecrow Press Music Series offer both the novice and the advanced artist key information designed to convey the field of study and performance for a major instrument or instrument class, as well as the workings of musicians in areas from conducting to composing. Unlike other encyclopedic works, contributions to this series focus primarily on the knowledge required by the contemporary musical student or performer. Each dictionary covers topics from instrument parts to playing technique, major works to key figures. A must-have for any musician’s personal library! Filling a vital need in the rapidly changing and complex field of conducting, A Dictionary for the Modern Conductor is a concise one-volume reference tool that brings together for the first time information covering a broad array of topics essential for today’s conductor to know.”
Andrew Pelletier, Associate Professor of Horn, will be making a recital tour in the South, this September, with residencies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg (Sept. 7-9), University of West Georgia in Carrollton (Sept. 10-12), and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (Sept. 13-15). Each residency will include masterclasses, lectures, private teaching and a recital.
Solungga Liu, Associate Professor of Piano, has been invited as a guest artist faculty to teach and perform at Atlantic Music Festival, an international summer program in Waterville Maine. Professor Liu will coach students, give a master class and perform Robert Paterson’s Deep Blue Ocean for Two Pianos (2010) with Sang Woo Kang, Director of the Piano Program at AMF.
BGSU music history professor Arne Spohr has been invited to teach a workshop on Black Musicians in Early Modern Europe (1450-1800) at the 39th International Wolfenbüttel Summer School on Early Modern European Black Studies, an emerging field in the study of European history and culture. It takes place at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, Germany, from 07/26 to 08/08, 2015. Among the international faculty are Kate Lowe (University of London), Rebekka von Mallinckrodt (University of Bremen) and Eve Rosenhaft (University of Liverpool). Students (M.A., Ph.D.) are from institutions such as Princeton Theological Seminary, the University of Copenhagen and the Freie Universität Berlin.