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Composition Area News
Aug 27, 2019 8:15 PM New book from ethnomusicology professor Christopher Witulski
New book from ethnomusicology professor Christopher Witulski
Aug 12, 2019 8:15 PM BGSU composition alums Erin Rogers and Benjamin Taylor win 2019 Barlow Commissions!
BGSU composition alums Erin Rogers and Benjamin Taylor win 2019 Barlow Commissions.
May 10, 2019 9:37 PM First year Master’s composer Chace Williams has premiere in Xi’an, China
Congratulations to First year Master’s composer Chace Williams on his upcoming premiere in Xi’an, China. He will be at Xi’an Liangjiatan International School from May 20th to May 24th as a composer in residence. The XLIS Intermediate Band will be premiering his piece for young band entitled ‘The Battle Approaches’. The pieces is dedicated to the Xi’an Liangjiatan International School (XLIS), the XLIS Bands, and their director, Michael Skillern.
Feb 28, 2019 7:57 PM Composition student selected for EarShot Detroit Symphony position
MM composition student Shawna Wolf has been selected for a Student Composer Assistantship position in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra EarShot Education Workshops.
Feb 14, 2019 6:57 PM M.M. composition student Yimin Wu selected for premiere in Hong Kong
M.M. student Yimin Wu has been selected to participate in The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composers Scheme 2018/19 in Hong Kong.
Feb 6, 2019 9:05 PM Elainie Lillios' composition Liquid | Crystal | Vapor due to premiere on March 1, 2019 at Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour – Part 2 in San Francisco
Elaine Lillios' composition for viola and electronics will be premiered by Kurt Rohde alongside four other composition in a bonanza of world premiers at the Center of New Music in SanFrancisco.
Oct 11, 2018 9:36 PM BGSU Tuba/Euphonium Professor to premiere Tuba Concerto
On Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater, Toledo Symphony Music Director Alain Trudel will lead a breathtaking program that brings together three famous Russian composers: Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, and Stravinsky. The concert on Saturday evening also features the world premiere of Samuel Adler’s Tuba Concerto performed by the Toledo Symphony’s very own David Saltzman who is also the Tuba and Euphonium instructor at Bowling Green State University.
Sep 25, 2018 6:09 PM The 39th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival – October 17-20, 2018
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio —The 39th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers October 17-20. The four-day international festival includes concerts, lectures and an art exhibition. This year's featured guests include Pulitzer Prize and Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, the ensemble Hub New Music, and artist Sha Sha Higby.
Christopher Dietz - "SCATTER"
Artist Spotlight is an example of some of the exciting new music happening at BGSU! See our media page for more examples!
5 Questions with Alumna Jennifer Higdon
BGSU Composition celebrates Jennifer Higdon's musical life and recent achievements asking her some "serious" questions.