Dean's Message

Jeffrey Showell

In 1914 the Department of Music was formed at Bowling Green Normal School with one faculty member. Just over one hundred years later we enjoy the fruits of all who have come before and have laid the foundation for what is now the College of Musical Arts. I am honored to serve as the new Dean of the College of Musical Arts. There is such a great history and tradition of music making, scholarship, and creativity in the College. Offering a comprehensive music program, we enjoy a national reputation for undergraduate and graduate programs in music education, performance, ethnomusicology, and contemporary music. Here is just a short list of CMA highlights and accomplishments from this past year. 

  • Dr. Elainie Lillios, Professor of Composition, 2016 winner of the Barlow Prize in Composition
  • Faculty members Kevin Bylsma and Christopher Scholl and doctoral student Hilary LaBonte received a $10,000 grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation in support of the CMA production of Weill’s Street Scene (March 24 and 26)
  • Internationally syndicated radio show New Music from Bowling Green, now in its fourth season, is carried on 170 stations reaching over 150,000 listeners each episode
  • BGSU Early Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Arne Spohr, performed at the Early Music America Young Performer’s Festival in Berkeley, CA
  • CMA alumna Michelle Bradley makes her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2016
  • CMA alumnus Ryan Nowlin, has been promoted to Captain in the US Marines and named Assistant Conductor of the President’s Own Marine Band

Our faculty, student, and alumni successes are many. Whether you are a prospective student, community member or alum, I invite you to come and explore the many offerings and opportunities that await you in the CMA. 

What will be your contribution to the College of Musical Arts? 


Dr. William Mathis


College of Musical Arts

Bowling Green State University