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College of Musical Arts
 "Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, performed with the BG Philharmonia on November 14. Pictured from left to right: Interim Dean William Mathis, Noah Bendix-Balgley, and Director of Orchestra Activities Dr. Emily Freeman Brown."
Karol Spencer, left, recipient of the Dean's Service Award, pictured with Rebecca Shields, recipient of the 2017 Herbert Spencer Horn Students Fund.

A message from the Dean
My hat is off to the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the College of Musical Arts. Serving this year as Dean of the College has provided me with a greater perspective on the wonderful talent, creativity, and dedication of the people, past and present, who make the CMA a special place. Friends and supporters of the college contribute as well in unique ways. This year we recognized one such person with the Dean’s Service Award. Karol Spencer’s support of Pro Musica and CMA students is unparalleled. Thank you Karol for all you do! 

Several student and faculty collaborations were highlights this spring. The Early Music Ensemble joined forces with the University Choral Society and faculty soloists in two performances of Bach’s St. John Passion to capacity audiences. Performances at the third annual Bravo! BG featured many students and faculty, including a New Orleans-style Second Line parade through the Wolfe Center for the Arts by the Afro-Caribbean Ensemble. Attendance at this annual event continues to grow each year. Please mark your calendar for next year’s Bravo! BG on April 7, 2018. 

Faculty member Mikel Kuehn was awarded the Professor of Creative Arts Excellence and Mary Natvig the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award at this year’s Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony. In April the BGSU Philharmonia, under the direction of Emily Freeman Brown, released Volume 7 in the series Voice of the Composer on Albany Records. Faculty and students were featured prominently in the Third Annual New Music Gathering, held at BGSU earlier this month. Congratulations to Kurt Doles, director of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, for all his work on this special national event. Finally, after nearly 40 years of work and service to the CMA, Mark Bunce, director of Recording Services, retired at the end of May. We miss him and wish him all our best in his retirement!    

We are well into our planning for next year with several prominent guest artists at the CMA. Please watch for more information on the multi-day residencies with the American Brass Quintet, soprano Dawn Upshaw, composer and jazz artist Maria Schneider, and opera composer Jake Heggie. Finally, don't miss the debut of the new Falcon Marching Band uniforms in our first home football game on September 9.  

Thank you for your contribution and dedication to the College of Musical Arts. Please stay in touch.  

Wishing you a productive and restful summer,    

William Mathis
William Mathis
Dean, College of Musical Arts
Dr. Mikel Kuehn receives the Professor of Creative Arts Excellence award and Dr. Mary Natvig, the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service award Dr. Mikel Kuehn receives the Professor of Creative Arts Excellence award and Dr. Mary Natvig, the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service award
Quince's advocacy for a place in new music for female voices bears fruit Quince's advocacy for a place in new music for female voices bears fruit
Erika Nalow: Open to all of music's possibilities Erika Nalow: Open to all of music's possibilities
Gregory Ruffer '87, '95 receives 2017 college alumni award Gregory Ruffer '87, '95 receives 2017 college alumni award
 
Daniel Bayot Composing a bright future
Daniel Bayot grew up in an abundantly musical family on the island of Oahu. Bayot's father is a full-time professional musician and Bruno Mars is his cousin. Bayot took voice lessons throughout his four years at BGSU and graduated with a 3.713 GPA and a Bachelor of Arts in music composition.
BGSU CMA students won top prizes in the Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artists competition. Of the 8 finalists, 5 were BGSU students. Graduate student Octavian Moldovean, flute, was awarded a scholarship from the Tuesday Musical Association, and will be performing in a final winners concert, to compete for additional awards. BGSU CMA students won top prizes in the Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artists competition. Of the eight finalists, five were BGSU students. Graduate student Octavian Moldovean, flute, was awarded a scholarship from the Tuesday Musical Association, and will be performing in a final winners concert, to compete for additional awards.