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BGSU New Music Festival connects ‘Music and the Physical World’


BOWLING GREEN, O.—The Bowling Green State University New Music Festival explores nature, sustainability and the interconnectedness of all things through the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers Oct. 17-20. The international festival includes concerts, lectures and workshops, organized around the theme “Music and the Physical World.” This year’s featured guests include award-winning composer John Luther Adams, author Barry Lopez, the JACK Quartet, sound artist Marina Rosenfeld and percussionist Doug Perkins.

Highlights will include an opening address by Lopez, a performance of Adams’s environmental outdoor percussion work “Inuksuit” on the BGSU quad, a concert at the Clazel Theatre celebrating the influential West Coast new music record label Cold Blue, and a screening of Leonard Kamerling’s documentary “Strange and Sacred Noise.

Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM) and the BGSU College of Musical Arts, the festival supports the creation of new work and engages both the University and city communities in the process of music appreciation and awareness.

Founded in 1980, the festival has hosted such notable composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, David Lang, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, and more than 400 other guest composers and musicians.

Most festival events are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit or contact the MACCM at 419-372-2685.


Threshold Student Electroacoustic Festival

BGSU students Cory Kasprzyk, Ben Murphy, Carter Rice, and Jennifer Roberts  will present pieces on this year’s Threshold Student Electroacoustic Festival, September 21 and 22, 2012.Threshold is a student festival instituted over 20 years ago by Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, and Oberlin Conservatory. This year, for the first time, the festival will be hosted by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Designed as a vehicle to promote student collegiality in electroacoustic music, scheduled events include three concerts of student music from the participating institutions, along with occasional paper sessions, installations, and social events. All concerts will occur in Souers Hall, and are free and open to the public.  More information can be found at


Review of new Lillios CD

“…one would expect that contemporary masters of the medium would have appeared by now, the pioneering phase having been over for some time. Of course, this is the case, and there are several composers who fit nicely into this category. One of these is composer Elainie Lillios, and her mastery of the medium is aptly demonstrated in her excellent new CD, Entre espaces….”

New Music Ensemble call for scores

The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University has a rich tradition of promoting contemporary music through performance, education and outreach.  Home to the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, the college hosts the annual Music at the Forefront Series as well as the BGSU New Music Festival, now in its 33rd year.  Additionally, the college maintains a very active Music Technology program, offers a DMA in Contemporary Music with specializations in composition or performance and continually encourages its students, in all degree programs, to engage with the music of our time.


The New Music Ensemble at BGSU wishes to contribute to this tradition by offering a call for scores for performance on their February 14, 2013 concert.



Guidelines for the Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble 2013 Call for Scores

To view a pdf document of the information below, please use the following URL:



Performance on the BGSU New Music Ensemble’s February 14, 2013 concert, a concert audio recording and/or DVD video as well as the option of having the performance streamed live on the web.



Submission fee:





Composers of any age, nationality or institutional affiliation, except those currently enrolled in or employed by Bowling Green State University.



Important dates:

– November 1 (11:59pm EST), 2012 – submission deadline (received)

– November 9, 2012 – selected work/composer announced via email

– November 30, 2012 – professional quality performance materials due from winner (received)



Required submission materials (online submission only, see end of posting for details):

-1 PDF file of the score, clearly labeled (composer_title_score.pdf). Details below.

-1 PDF information document, clearly labeled (composer_title_info.pdf). Details below.



Optional submission materials:

-1 mp3 audio file, clearly labeled (composer_title_audio.mp3). Details below.



Score specifications:

-File clearly labeled (composer_title_score.pdf)

-8-15 minutes in total duration

-Instrumentation may be any subset of 7-14 players from the following list:

2 flutes (doubling piccolo)

1 oboe

2 clarinets (doubling bass or Eb clarinet)

4 saxophones total (S, A, T, B, multiples of one type possible)

1 bassoon

2 horns

2 trumpets

2 tenor trombones

1 tuba

2 percussionists (standard orchestral and wind ensemble percussion instruments available)

1 piano

1 harp

1 soprano voice

1 mezzo-soprano voice

2 violins

1 viola

1 violoncello

1 contrabass


-Works that incorporate electronics will be considered, include technical details in score preface

-Works that require an instrumental soloist will not be considered



Information document specifications:

-File clearly labeled (composer_title_info.pdf)

Please include–

-Composer name

-Composition title and date of composition

-Mailing address

-Email address

-Telephone number

-Composer bio (short)

-Instrumentation of submitted work

-Brief program note of submitted work

-Performance history of submitted work


If submitting a recording (optional), please include the following information on the information document as well:

-Performing ensemble

-Date of recording

-Composers are encouraged to include timing cues (for example, 0:36-1:42) and correlating score location (page and measure number) for 1 or 2 excerpts that they feel are most representative of the work.

Recording submission specifications (recordings are optional):

-The mp3 file should be labeled clearly (composer_title_audio.mp3).

-Mp3s of MIDI mock-ups will be accepted, but are not encouraged.

-Please send a single, complete file (timing cues may be indicated on your information sheet). Multiple files will only be accepted if the submitted work is in multiple movements.




Submission instructions:

-All pdf and mp3 files should be uploaded to a single, new, clearly labeled folder within the composer’s Dropbox account. (The Dropbox file hosting service is easy to use, reliable and highly preferred,

-A URL link to download this folder from Dropbox should then be sent from the composer’s email address to the following email address:

-Files sent as email attachments will not be accepted and will not be opened.




-One composition will be selected for performance. However, the selection committee has the right to decline any and all submissions for performance should none be acceptable for the project. The selection committee’s decision is final and may not be appealed.



Questions? Please contact:

Christopher Dietz, Director

Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble



Winners announced for inaugural BGSU Young Composers Competition

Three prize winners have been selected for the first annual BGSU Young Composers Competition, sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. They are:

First place: Alex Berko (Solon, OH) – Urgentem for string quartet
Second place: Jonah Haven (Ashland, OH) – A Room for piano solo
Third place: Hayden Brown (Galloway, OH) – Quartetto per archi for string quartet

These three composers receive a cash award and a performance of their work on the 2012 Bowling Green New Music Festival, October 17-20, featuring special guest composer John Luther Adams, author Barry Lopez, sound artist Marina Rosenfeld and more. For more information on the New Music Festival, visit the festival schedule site at

Elainie Lillios to judge for the Sound in Space competition in Boston

Composition faculty member Elainie Lillios travels to Boston November 16-19 to participate as a judge in the Sound in Space competition. Lillios will be joined by two of the leading experts in electroacoustics, Daniel Teruggi, Director of the GRM, Groupe de Recherche Musicales (France) and Ludger Brummer, Director of ZKM, Institute for Music and Acoustics in Karlsruhe (Germany) The festival is co-sponsored by The Goethe-Institut Boston and the Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France, in partnership with Harvard University and Northeastern University. In addition to judging the competition, Lillios will participate with Teruggi and Brummer on a panel discussion entitled “On the interpretation of electroacoustic music”, and her piece “Stumbling Dance” will be presented on Saturday night’s concert. She will also give a lecture at Northeastern University and Berklee College.