Former CMA Dean Robert Thayer accepting 1992 Chamber Music America Award from Morton Gould.
Bowling Green State University proudly presents the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, an award-winning organization devoted to the study and promotion of contemporary music and technology. Founded in 1987 with funding from an Ohio Board of Regents Academic Challenge Grant, the Center builds on the strong and internationally-recognized activities of the College of Musical Arts, presenting concerts and symposia, disseminating information, sponsoring research and collecting archival materials. The Center enriches the lives of northwest Ohio residents and assists music professionals from throughout the United States. As a result of these activities, the Center received the 1992 and 1998 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
Outstanding music faculty at BGSU complement the efforts of the staff with performance and scholarship. A national advisory board assists with policy and artistic direction; the current board includes Steven Stucky (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Given Foundation Professor of Composition, Cornell University and Chairman of the Board of the American Music Center), Nadia Sirota (American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra), Daniel Grabois (Meridian Arts Ensemble; chairman of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music), Claire Chase (Executive Director, International Contemporary Ensemble), Gregory Evans (Artistic Director, Tilt Brass Ensemble) and Jason Painter Price (Alarm Will Sound).
At the heart of the Center’s activities is the renowned New Music Festival. This annual event celebrates the contemporary arts through concerts, panels, art exhibitions, seminars, master classes and papers. Begun in 1980, the festival has hosted John Adams, Milton Babbit, William Bolcom, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Anthony Davis, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Karel Husa, Paul Lansky, Pauline Oliveros, Bernard Rands, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Morton Subotnick, Joan Tower, David Lang, Robert Morris and more than 350 other guests and artists.
The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music also sponsors a variety of ongoing services and events including the yearly Music at the Forefront concert series. Grants for research and development activities in music written since 1945 are available to BGSU students, faculty and staff members. Guest musicians and scholars may apply for residencies and research consultation; limited in-kind services are frequently granted. The Archives of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music contain more than 9,000 scores and provide invaluable resources for research and study. As outreach to the northwest Ohio community, the Center sponsors summer workshops, cooperative projects with public schools and presentations for service organizations.
For more information contact Kurt Doles, 419-372-2685
About the Archives
The Archives of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, originally supported in part by funds awarded from an Ohio Board of Regents Academic Challenge Grant, were established in 1987. This unique collection, housed in the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives of William T. Jerome Library, contains the documents, scores and recordings submitted for the Annual New Music & Art Festivals and year-round performance consideration, as well as tapes of live performances and the New Music Festival Radio Series, videotaped interviews with guest composers, programs, posters, paper abstracts and other documentation. The Center for Archival Collections at BGSU has developed a finding aid to guide users in locating print documentation from this section of the archives. Additional information about the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives can be found at http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/music/.
Browsing the Archives
The scores and recordings of the MACCM Archives can be browsed through the University Libraries’ online catalog. To search by author, title, material or other criteria, click the “limit this search” button. The complete University Libraries’ catalog is also available through telnet at bglink.bgsu.edu. To access the MACCM Archives, enter “Archives of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music” in the title search field. In addition, the holdings of the MACCM Archives are catalogued on OCLC, an international bibliographic organization, and can be accessed through their services.
While paper documentation, tapes and videotapes do not circulate, scores are available for research purposes by permission. Persons interested should contact the BGSU Music Library (419) 372-2307 or email Susannah Cleveland, head music librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact the MACCM Office. Dial-up instructions are available from the Library; inquiries may be made to the Music Library or the Library Systems Office, (419) 372-8664 or 8745. All performance rights remain with the composer or her/his representative.