Current undergraduate and graduate students are pursuing degrees in performance, music education, composition and music history. Students can also decide to double major in an area outside of music or minor in music. Non-music majors may audition for Music Talent Awards, applied lessons, and ensembles. The College of Musical Arts offers the Doctorate in the Performance of Contemporary Music.
BGSU string studios host numerous guest master classes and guest lectures. Recent violin master classes with Stephanie Arado, Caroline Chen, Megan Clay Constantine, Ensemble Rebel, David Gillham, Judith Ingolfsson, Jacques Israelievitch, Christoph Schikedanz and Stephen Shipps. Recent viola studio masterclasses with Yizhak Schotten, Roger Myers, Ericka Eccert, Sheila Browne, Michael Larco, Daniel Strba, and Randolph Kelley.
We have weekly studio seminars for students to perform and receive comments in a supportive environment. Students perform juries at the end of each semester. Other performance opportunities on campus such as College Recital and degree and non-degree Recitals exist, as well as off-campus. Many students perform with area orchestras as paid musicians in the Perrysburg, Lima, Ohio Northern, Southern Great Lakes Symphonies and Firelands Orchestra.
The BGSU Graduate String Quartet, composed of master’s students chosen for graduate assistantships, is coached by the string faculty on a rotating basis.
BGSU string students have the opportunity to perform with the college orchestra Philharmonia, the Early Music Ensemble, the New Music Ensemble, jazz ensembles, Combustible Improvisation Workshop, and in faculty coached string and mixed chamber groups. BGSU holds a Chamber Music Competition in the spring semester for cash prizes and the Competitions in Music Performance in December for the opportunity to perform a concerto with the BGSU Philharmonia.