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  • Position: Associate Professor (composition)
    Coordinator of Composition
    Director of New Music Ensemble
  • Phone: 419-372-2570
  • Email: cjdietz@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 2007 Moore Musical Arts Center

Christopher Dietz holds a Ph.D. in composition and theory from the University of Michigan as well as degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Wisconsin. He was previously a faculty member at the Oberlin Conservatory and Hillsdale College. He composes music inspired by a wide variety of sources, both real and conceptual. Poetry, sound as sculpture and color, how toddlers play, deep time and the cosmos, rhythm as geometry, religion and politics, animal behavior, and the music of others are a few of the subjects that have informed his musical imagination. A similarly diverse approach to the creation of each new piece has resulted in a collection of works distinct in their surface features yet bound together by a common vitality, nuanced palette, and a commitment to engaging with others.
In recent years, Christopher’s works have been premiered in London, Auvillar (France), Montreal, Ottawa, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Houston, Phoenix and Ann Arbor, among others. His music has been performed by numerous contemporary ensembles including Alarm Will Sound, Decoda, The Orchestra of the League of Composers, Ogni Suono, The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, The East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, The Chicago Ensemble, Trio Kavak, Palomar, TACTUS Ensemble, Dark in the Song, The Color Field Ensemble, as well as traditional ensembles such as L’Orchestre de la Francophonie, The San Jose Chamber Orchestra, The Beau Soir Trio, The Orange County Symphony, The Toledo Symphony, the University of Michigan Symphonic Band and additional university ensembles across the United States. Upcoming collaborators include the Deviant Septet and pianist Solungga Liu. His work has been featured at new music festivals such as soundSCAPE (Italy), The Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music (France), The Queens New Music Festival, Florida State's Biennial Festival, Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, Tutti Festival of New Music, MusicX Festival and the New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University.
Residencies at Copland House, Canada’s Banff Centre and The Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France) have been important milestones in the development of Christopher's compositional voice. Recognition of his work has come from honors and awards including ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, The Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions and Composer Institute, The Riverside Symphony Composer Reading Project (NYC), The Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, Random Access Music, The Utah Arts Festival’s Orchestral Commission Prize as well as several academic awards, grants and scholarships. Christopher's music has been released on New Focus, Navona and Cambria Records.



  • Position: Distinguished Artist Professor (composition); DMA Coordinator
  • Phone: 419-372-2055
  • Email: mshrude@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 1055 Moore Musical Arts Center


Distinguished Artist Professor; composer/pianist; degrees from Alverno College and Northwestern University. Recipient of the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award for Orchestral Music (1984); Phi Kappa Phi Award for Creative Achievement (1985); Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993-95) and the Ohio Arts Council (1985-86 and 1990-91); Distinguished Teaching Award (1987); Alverno College Outstanding Alumna Award (1988); Woman of Achievement Award from the Toledo Chapter of Women in Communications, Inc. (1989); Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming at BGSU (1992 and 1998); Dean’s Award for Service & Promotion of Contemporary Music (1994, 1999, 2005) and Leadership in Graduate Education (2011); Ohioana Award (1997); American Academy of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award (1997); the Cleveland Arts Prize (1998); Bellagio Fellowship (2000); MTNA Ohio Composer of the Year (2002); Hofstra Arts Award (2003); BGSU Chair/Director Leadership Award (2008); Guggenheim Fellowship (2011-12); Sorel Foundation Award for Choral Music (2011); BGSU Lifetime Achievement Award (2014). Recordings for New World, Albany, Orion, Ohio Brassworks, Impermanence, Centaur, Neuma, Capstone, Azica, Liscio, ATMA, MMC and Access. Compositions published by C. F. Peters, Henri Lemoine Paris, Southern Music, Thomas House and American Composers Alliance. Faculty member and chair of theory and composition for Interlochen Arts Camp (1990-97); visiting professor of composition at Indiana University (1998), Heidelberg University (2001) and Oberlin Conservatory (2004); chair of Musicology/Composition/Theory Department at BGSU (1998-2011); founder and director of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (1987-1999); coordinator of the BGSU doctoral program in contemporary music. 


  • Position: Professor (composition)
  • Phone: 419-372-9482
  • Email: lillios@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 2139 Moore Musical Arts Center

D.M.A. in composition with emphasis in computer music media from the University of North Texas; bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University and an M.Phil. from The University of Birmingham in England; Elainie Lillios’s music reflects her fascination with listening, sound, space, time, immersion and anecdote. Her compositions include stereo, multi-channel, and Ambisonic fixed media works, instrument(s) with live interactive electronics, collaborative experimental audio/visual animations, and installations. Recent awards include a 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar appointment in Thessaloniki, Greece, First Prize in the 2009 Concours Internationale de Bourges, Areon Flutes International Composition Competition, Electroacoustic Piano International Competition, and Medea Electronique “Saxotronics” Competition and Second Prize in the 2014 Destellos International Electroacoustic Competition. Her music has also been recognized/awarded by the Concurso Internacional de Música Electroacústica de São Paulo, Concorso Internazionale Russolo, Pierre Schaeffer Competition, and La Muse en Circuit. She has received grants/commissions from INA/GRM, Rèseaux, International Computer Music Association, La Muse en Circuit, NAISA, ASCAP/SEAMUS, LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Ohio Arts Council, and National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. She has been a special guest at the Groupe de Recherche Musicales, Rien à Voir, festival l’espace du son, June in Buffalo, and at other locations in the US and abroad. Elainie’s acousmatic music is available on Entre Espaces, produced by Empreintes DIGITALes. Other pieces appear on Centaur, MSR Classics, StudioPANaroma, La Muse en Circuit, New Adventures in Sound Art, SEAMUS, Irritable Hedgehog and Leonardo Music Journal. elillios.com


  • Position: Professor (composition)
  • Phone: 419-372-2836
  • Email: mkuehn@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 3008 Moore Musical Arts Center

The music of American composer Mikel Kuehn (b. 1967) has been described as having “sensuous phrases... producing an effect of high abstraction turning into decadence,” by New York Times critic Paul Griffiths. A 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, he has received awards, grants, and residencies from ASCAP (Student Composer Awards), BMI (Student Composer Award), the Banff Centre, the Barlow Endowment, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (First Hearing Prizes), Composers, Inc. (Lee Ettelson Award), the Copland House (Copland Award), Eastman (Howard Hanson and McCurdy Prizes), the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the League of Composers/ISCM, the MacDowell Colony, the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Competition (honorable mention), the Ohio Arts Council (Individual Excellence Awards), the Luigi Russolo Competition (finalist), and Yaddo. His works have been commissioned by the Anubis Saxophone Quartet, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Ensemble 21, Ensemble Dal Niente, Flexible Music, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), violist John Graham, clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, cellist Craig Hultgren, guitarist Dan Lippel, Perspectives of New Music, pianist Marilyn Nonken, Selmer Paris, and the Spektral Quartet, among others.

Professor of Composition at Bowling Green State University, Kuehn was director of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM), the annual New Music Festival and the Music at the Forefront concert series from 2007 through 2010. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of North Texas. In November of 2016, New Focus Recordings released Objet/Shadow, a portrait CD of Kuehn's music; other recordings of his works are available on ACA Digital, Centaur, Erol, ICMA, MSR Classics, and Perspectives of New Music/Open Space.


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