Other Performance Opportunities at BGSU:

Violin performance majors and anyone who plans on taking orchestral auditions in their future should consider registering for Audition Repertoire for Violin (MusP 4680/5220) - Wednesdays, 3:30-4:20.  With a syllabus that changes each semester, we cover the standard orchestral excerpts required at orchestral auditions. Occasional classes may be led by guest violinist residents.

Violists interested to take orchestral auditions course should register for the spring semester: Undergraduate: MUSP 4700-1002(Reading, Independent Study) 1 credit hour, GRAD: MUSP 5860, 1 credit hour

Chamber music is a wonderful part of music making.  You may form and register for a faculty-coached ensembles, string or mixed.  Ensembles of 3 or more players can choose to compete in the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition during the spring semester. 

The Early Music Ensemble, Arne Spohr, director (Guido’s Band), performs music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods. The ensemble is made up of undergraduate and graduate students in music and occasionally students from other programs. The vocal ensemble consists of 10–15 auditioned singers; the instrumental ensemble (Guido’s Band) is open to anyone proficient in a modern instrument who wants to learn the early instruments (recorder, lute, viola da gamba, Renaissance fiddle, cornetto, crumhorn). The group performs regularly on campus and at schools and community concerts in northwest Ohio.

The New Music Ensemble, Christopher Dietz, director, presents the works of our time in several concerts each year. Besides the traditional repertoire, the ensemble also focuses on improvisation and collaboration with artists from other disciplines.

The Competitions in Music Performance, often referred to as the Concerto Competition, take place during the last week of fall semester. 

In the spring, we hold internal auditions for current undergraduate students who will be returning next year for Paul Makara Undergraduate Violin Scholarship. Criteria:  Be a citizen of the United States, Be a returning full-time student, currently enrolled, Be a rising sophomore, junior or senior with at least a 3.0 GPA, Major in violin performance or music education, Present a very good to excellent audition that includes at least two of the following components:  A movement of unaccompanied Bach, A movement of a classical or romantic concerto, A short piece of the candidate’s choice

Off-campus:  Lima Symphony, Southern Great Lakes Symphony, Perrysburg Symphony, Ohio Northern, Firelands Symphony, Toledo Symphony, wedding gigs, private teaching through Creative Arts (must apply and be approved as a teacher to teach in the MMAC for pay).


Helpful Websites

The Musician’s Way, Bulletproof Musician, Strings Magazine, American String Teacher, Strad,, Facebook BGSU Violin Studio Fan Page


Sheet Music/Recordings/Supplies

The BGSU Music Library, located on the 3rd floor of the Jerome Library, has an assorted collection of violin works and recordings.  OhioLink is amazing.  If you cannot find it there, you can still try Interlibrary Loan.  Supplies and music can be purchased through Shar Products in Ann Arbor.  Their toll-free number is 1-800-248-SHAR and their website is  Sheetmusicplus is good, but extremely slow unless you pay for a rush order.  ( Recordings and music.  Itunes. Naxos. Individual parts to orchestral music can be purchased from Luck’s Music Library in Detroit.  Their toll-free number is 1-800-348-8749.  At BGSU Music Library Complete violin parts to 61 orchestral masterworks on CD-ROM 13 CD-ROMs

imslp for recordings, parts and scores


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Grants through BGSU Pro Musica Student Travel Grants

($350 domestic/$500 international).  Student memberships for only $5.  Membership is not required for grant applications. For graduate students:  College of Musical Arts Graduate Committee Travel Grants.  MACCM Special Project Grants.

Updated: 12/01/2017 11:22PM