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Carol Hayward guest conducts at UMass Honor Band Cinic

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Dr. Carol Hayward, Associate Professor of Music Education, was the guest conductor at the Honor Band Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Feb. 6 and 7, 2015. While on campus, Hayward conducted the UMass Wind Symphony in performance, presented a clinic for the Symphony Band, and presented a lecture for the Delta Delta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma’s “Women in Music” lecture series. She also rehearsed and conducted the select high school Honor Band which was comprised of students from seven states.

Lillios Selected as Honored Alumna UNT

Dr. Elainie Lillios (Professor of Composition) has been selected as an Honored Alumna of the nation’s largest music school. The University of North Texas College of Music selected Lillios from among its hundreds of outstanding alumni for this honor. In addition to receiving the award, Lillios will present a lecture on her music, give a master class to composers, and lecture in a Technology in Performance class. Lillios received a DMA in Composition with emphasis in Computer Music Media from the University of North Texas in 2000.

BGSU proudly announces Michael King as the new director of the FMB!


Michael King is currently a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the University of South Carolina, where he will soon complete a DMA in Conducting. Primarily responsible for assisting with the organization and instruction of USC’s 375-member Mighty Sound of the Southeast. Additional responsibilities have included writing drill for the Carolina Band and assisting with the direction of Concocktion (auditioned Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Volleyball Bands). His experiences with the concert ensembles at USC include guest conducting the USC Wind Ensemble, serving as an Assistant Conductor of the University Band, and assisting with the production of an upcoming NAXOS Wind Band Classics Recording. Michael received a Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Central Michigan University where he studied with Professor John Williamson and served as a Graduate Assistant Conductor. While at Central Michigan, he was conductor of the Symphony and University Bands, guest conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony. He led instruction of fundamentals and drill for the Chippewa Marching Band, and assisted in the Undergraduate Conducting and Instrumental Music Education Curriculum. Prior to his appointment at CMU in August 2011, Michael taught band at Flower Mound High School (Flower Mound, TX) and Leonard Middle School (Fort Worth, TX). A native of Michigan, Michael received a Bachelors of Music Education from Michigan State University where he studied saxophone with Professor Joseph Lulloff. Michael is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary), and Pi Kappa Lamda. He and his wife, Robyn are looking forward to becoming Falcons!

Bassoon Chamber Music New Release from Susan Nelson and BGSU Faculty


“Elements,” the winning works from the 2012 and 2014 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition was released on January 1st with the MSR Classics label. The CD showcases music for bassoon, and all the works on the CD are world premiere recordings. Recording artists include Susan Nelson, bassoon; Nermis Mieses, oboe; Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, piano; Jennifer Goode Cooper, soprano; Matthew Daline, viola; Steve Miahky and Christina McGann, violins; Jacqueline Black, cello; and Jeffrey Barudin, marimba.  The pieces were recorded in the Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts by Mark Bunce.

Susan Nelson, Professor of Bassoon at BGSU, is a performer and proponent of new works for the instrument. This winter she is the Guest Artist Instructor for the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp in Las Vegas, January 17-19, 2015.  Dr. Nelson will work with students on reed making, chamber music, and special topics as well as give daily faculty recitals.