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College of Musical Arts
The highlight of Homecoming weekend was a lead gift of $50,000 from alumnus Bruce Misamore.
Bruce Misamore '72,'73 presented a $50,000 gift at Homecoming 2016 to launch fundraising for new Falcon Marching Band uniforms. From left to right: Director of Athletic Bands Dr. Michael King, Bruce Misamore '72, '73, Interim Dean William Mathis, current student Steven DeAmon modeling the new FMB uniform, Director of Bands Dr. Bruce Moss, President Mary Ellen Mazey with Director of Bands Emeritus Dr. Mark Kelly in front.

A message from the Dean
Last Spring Dr. Jeffrey Showell announced his retirement as Dean of the College of Musical Arts. It is my honor to step into the role of Interim Dean this academic year while a national search is conducted for a new Dean. On behalf of the CMA, I wish to thank Dean Showell for his leadership for the past five years. During his tenure ACT scores of entering freshman continued to rise each year and are now the highest of all colleges at BGSU. In collaboration with WGTE radio in Toledo, Dr. Showell began the New Music from Bowling Green radio series, which is heard worldwide on over 170 stations, reaching over 2 million listeners in three seasons. Several enhancements and upgrades have taken place in the Moore Musical Arts Center under Dr. Showell's leadership as well. There are many other accomplishments to list and I wish to thank Dean Showell for his important contributions to the College. We wish you well in your well-deserved retirement.

The fall semester has begun with a flurry of wonderful performances and special events. We welcomed 197 new undergraduate and graduate students into the CMA, one of the largest classes ever. Our freshmen began the year by learning the Alma Mater in solfège,  which was a hit on our Facebook page. Bryan Recital Hall renovations were completed earlier this year and in September we celebrated with a Bryan Hall Rededication concert. We welcomed back approximately 120 Falcon Marching Band alumni for Homecoming and kicked off a campaign for new marching band uniforms. The highlight of Homecoming weekend was a lead gift of $50,000 from alumnus Bruce Misamore. This fall marks the inauguration for our new Music Industry minor and we look to expand these offerings into a full major in coming years. Many were in attendance for the Dr. Roger Schupp Memorial Concert in September. This was a wonderful event to pay tribute to Dr. Schupp, Professor of Percussion from 1992-2015.

We have highlighted other accomplishments and events below. There is so much to be proud of in the College of Musical Arts. Thank you for your contribution to the CMA.

William Mathis
William Mathis
Interim Dean



David Bixler presents 'The Hughes Project' David Bixler presents 'The Hughes Project'
CMA well-represented at MTNA State-Level competition CMA well-represented at MTNA State-Level competition
Composition professor Mikel Kuehn to release first full length CD Composition professor Mikel Kuehn to release first full length CD
 
Orchard Guitar Festival The second annual Orchard Guitar Festival brought jazz legend Pat Martino and Chicago-based jazz-rock fusion group Marbin to campus. In addition to performances, the festival featured master classes, jam sessions and get-togethers. We would like to thank BGSU alumni Thomas and Martha Orchard, who's generosity makes this festival possible, and guitar professor Ariel Kasler, who did much of the planning and execution of the festival. Pictured above (from left) are Pat Martino, Ariel Kasler and Dani Rabin (of Marbin).
New Faculty We welcomed five new faculty members to the College of Musical Arts this fall: Emily Pence Brown, choral education; Dan Piccolo, percussion; Brian Snow, cello; Terry Tompkins, music industry; and Christopher Witulski, ethnomusicology.
Upcoming Events
December 3, 2016
Holiday Concert by the BG Philharmonia, Donnell Theatre | 4 p.m.
12th Annual ArtsX | 5-9 p.m.
Art demos, displays & sales; musical & theatrical performances; children's activities | Wolfe Center for the Arts and Fine Arts Center
February 23, 2017
Hansen Musical Arts Series presents Grammy-winning vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth | 8 p.m., Kobacker Hall
March 24, 2017
BGSU Opera Theatre presents Kurt Weill's "Street Scene" | 8 p.m. Donnell Theatre
March 26, 2017
BGSU Opera Theatre presents Kurt Weill's "Street Scene" | 3 p.m. Donnell Theatre
For a complete listing of events and tickets, visit bgsu.edu/MusicEvents