The College of Musical Arts mourns the death of Gunther Schuller, composer, conductor, performer, author and teacher. He died on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the age of 89. He was a frequent guest on the BGSU campus having received an Honorary Doctorate and serving as the special guest of the annual New Music Festival.
Director of Jazz Studies and part of the ensemble to win at the 15th Latin Grammy Awards, David Bixler, alto saxophone, will perform this week with Arturo O’Farrill, piano; Heather Martin Bixler, violin; Carlo De Rosa, bass; and Vince Cherico, drums and cymbals.
Marcus Flores and Thomas Darlington, students of Charles Saenz, both attended and competed at this years International Trumpet Guild. ITG celebrated their 40th anniversary in Columbus, OH which drew amateur and professional trumpet players from around the world to watch lectures, listen to concerts, and compete.
Marcus Flores competed in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition and took home the top prize with Bloch Proclamation and Böhme Concerto in F Minor. the judges were Rex Richardson, Judith Saxton, and Jens Lindemann.
Thomas Darlington competed in the Trumpet Orchestral Excerpt Competition and took third place.
Cassie Utt was featured in an article in the Washington Post on June 3, 2015. She will be traveling the world in the coming year, living for a month in each of about 12 different cities around the globe, for her job with Eaton Corporation, as part of their Remote Year program. Participation in the program is highly selective. See the link to article for more details.
Fidelia Esther Darmahkasih and Hilary Maiberger will both be performing in Jarkarta, Indonesia this month. Esther, a current BGSU student will be singing a concert in the Goethe House May 30. She will be assisted by Jacqueline Berndt ( flute major at BGSU) and Ivana Tjandra ( former piano major also from BGSU). Hilary, a former voice major at BGSU will be singing Belle with the international tour of Beauty and the Beast in the Ciputra Artpreneur Theater from May 26 to June 30.
Dr. Stephen W. Hodge, newly retired from his position as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toledo, has donated his personal collection of choral music to the College of Musical Arts. A 24-year member of the UT faculty, Dr. Hodge noted his appreciation that the choral faculty at BGSU has the interest and enthusiasm to see value in the donation. Independently appraised at $18,000, the acquisition will be used by choral students and faculty for many years to come.