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.
A director, graduate assistant and an electronic technician/recording engineer are the Center’s permanent staff. Outstanding music faculty at BGSU complement the efforts of the staff with performance and scholarship.
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, John Luther 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, David Lang, Paul Lansky, George Lewis, Robert Morris, Pauline Oliveros, Bernard Rands, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Morton Subotnick, Joan Tower 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. The Center also spearheads the College's New Music From Bowling Green initiative, which organizes faculty and student performances at the country's most prestigious new music venues, and an eponymous radio series, produced by WGTE Public Media and internationally syndicated by WFMT Radio in Chicago.