Pro Musica

What does Pro Musica do?

promusica logoPro Musica supports the College of Musical Arts by inviting the participation of alumni, friends, parents and the Bowling Green community in a wide variety of musical events and by providing financial support for music students.

Your annual membership in Pro Musica provides funding for student-initiated Educational Travel projects. In addition, private gifts to the Pro Musica endowment provides annual funding for four scholarships and other awards.

These Pro Musica activities encourage student development at the College of Musical Arts. By participating in festivals and competitions domestically and internationally, students help advance the reputation of Bowling Green State University and the College of Musical Arts.

Join Pro Musica

Why should I join Pro Musica?

  • Donors are acknowledged in printed materials.
  • Donors receive the Pro Musician newsletter two times a year.
  • For over 30 years, students have benefited from donors' pledges.  

Membership Categories

  • Student ($5)
  • Parents ($20)
  • Stand Partner ($35–$99)
  • First Chair ($100–$149)
  • Concertmaster ($150–$299)
  • Soloist ($300–$499)
  • Conductor ($500–$999)
  • Composer ($1000 & above)

All interested members can join online with a credit card or through payroll deduction (BGSU faculty/staff only). The Foundation also allows you to select a matching contributor (often an employer or other foundation). When you pay at the Foundation giving website, please remember to put your donation on the line for Pro Musica. Payroll deductions have their own form on the Office of Development Web site and are only available to BGSU faculty and staff members.

Pro Musica Board

2016 Board Cropped

Pro Musica provides Bowling Green State University students enrolled in either:

  1. Undergraduate or Graduate degree programs in music either in the College of Musical Arts or in the College of Arts and Sciences or
  2. Certificate programs in the College of Music with financial support for educational travel.

Each grant application may not exceed:

  1. $350 for travel to destinations up to 1200 miles (one-way) within North America or
  2. $500 for destinations exceeding 1200 miles within North America or for international destinations outside of North America. The distance must be calculated and documented as one-way travel from Bowling Green to the project destination. If a project involves multiple destinations, then the distance from Bowling Green to the first city may be added to subsequent project destinations to calculate the total mileage involved.


Note: These guidelines are effective as of 1/1/2017.


  • Grants are awarded for students to participate/attend creative activities or scholarly endeavors; i.e. competitions, conferences and workshops. These opportunities should be related to the field of study and/or further the student’s professional goal. Pro Musica does not support auditions for other degree programs nor participation in touring ensembles.
  • Pro Musica will not provide funds for students to give concerts, master classes, etc. in their home town/country.


  • For any academic year, a student may be funded up to a total of $500 for combined awards to domestic and international events. Exceptions may be made in extraordinary circumstances.
  • Pro Musica grants will not fund the purchase of equipment, textbooks, materials, supplies or accompanying required for a student’s personal use in completing degree requirements.
  • If funds are limited, priority will be given to students making their first grant application within the academic year.
  • Students will not be eligible for a grant when travel is used to secure an income-producing job.
  • Students may apply for grants to cover conference fees for state, national, and international conferences or competitions held at BGSU.


  • The grant application form must be submitted prior to the event.
  • Your completed application will be automatically forwarded to the grant processor and you will receive an emailed copy of your responses.
  • All grant applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday during the week Pro Musica meets to be considered for that meeting. Pro Musica meets the first Thursday of every month, except for June and July.
  • You will be notified of the status of your application by email approximately two weeks after the Pro Musica executive committee has met.
  • Pro Musica is not obligated to review applications received after an event has taken place. Pro Musica will not pay in this academic year for events that took place in the previous year.


    Pro Musica grant recipients must submit a grant reimbursement request within 30 calendar days of the approved project to be eligible for reimbursement.
  • All travel must be in accordance with the College of Musical of Arts and University travel policies. Please familiarize yourself with these policies.
  • Please note that payments will be made electronically whenever possible.  All check payments will be sent to the mailing address indicated in the grant reimbursement request form.
  • The student seeking reimbursement must also submit a separate written report along with a photo about the completed project here.

Guidelines for Report

To be eligible for reimbursement, Pro Musica student grant recipients are required to submit a written report and photo within 30 calendar days of the approved event date.


  • Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • Word document (PDF is not acceptable)
  • Single-spaced
  • Formatted heading in the upper left-hand corner (see sample heading below)
    • First and last name in bold
    • Full name of the creative activity/scholarly endeavor (competition, conference, workshop) as it appears on the website and/or application form
    • Location (city, state, or city, country [events in Canada are to be listed as city, province])
    • Date(s) participated
    • Photo file name
    • Photo information

Sample Heading

Richard Johnson
The New England Conference of Music Theorists
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
April 8-9, 2016

Photo file name: Richard Johnson_Conference of Music Theorists.jpg
Photo information: Richard Johnson at the New England Conference of Music Theorists

Report Content

Consider the impression that you want your writing to convey. Both paragraphing and proofreading are essential to your writing, as your report will be published in the Pro Musica newsletter, Pro Musician, and/or on the Pro Musica website. Reports not fulfilling the requirements will be returned for revision. *

For the content of your grant report, address a minimum of 3-4 of the prompts below:

  • Setting/location of the professional experience
  • Experiencing a new culture
  • Faculty met/worked with
  • The content of a specific class, presentation or workshop
  • Pieces played or heard
  • Feedback from judges
  • Friendships developed
  • Career connections/networking
  • Unexpected opportunities
  • Anticipated benefits from your professional experience
  • Promoting the BGSU College of Musical Arts
  • Knowledge gained to be shared with classmates
  • Music related side trips/sightseeing
  • Challenges/setbacks (illness, issues with instrument, miscommunications)

*Please take advantage of the resources available at the Learning Commons located at the Jerome Library on the BGSU campus. Tutors can assist you with your writing. (Assistance is available for non-native English speakers.) You can submit a draft, schedule an appointment, or request a virtual session.

Photo Submission

A digital photo, along with the names of those appearing in the photo, the location of the photo and a copy of the program (if applicable) are required.

  • High resolution jpg format at 300 dpi and/or 72 dpi large format (PDF format is not acceptable)
  • Label file as your name, followed by event
  • Do not place any written information on your photo
  • Try to include banners/posters or something that identifies the event
  • Limit of 5-6 individuals in the photo (remember, everyone must be identified)
  • Double check photo to be sure it is sharp; not blurred and/or distorted by lighting, etc.
  • Photo with clinician(s) and/or well-known artist(s) at the event are also acceptable

Pro Musica produces two newsletters per academic year highlighting Pro Musica student grant accomplishments as well as a profile on a faculty/Pro Musica member and other pertinent news and information for members.

Pro Musica's annual Faculty/Staff Award for Exceptional Service to Students

Pro Musica annually seeks to honor a College of Musical Arts faculty or staff member who has demonstrated exceptional service to students. Guidelines for this award are as follows:

Any full- or part-time faculty, administrative staff, and classified staff member in the College of Musical Arts is eligible, except that a period of at least three full years must elapse before a previous winner is again eligible (ineligible for 2019 are Lisa Martin, Charles Saenz and Sujin Lee).

To be selected for this award, a faculty/staff member must have demonstrated exceptional service to BGSU students.  This may be demonstrated through teaching, advising, or informal interaction outside the classroom, studio, or rehearsal room.  Examples of such service include, but are not limited to, providing high quality advisement, furnishing special out-of-class help sessions, attending performances and engaging students in discussions about these performances, implementing stimulating means of involving students in the process of their own education, hosting student meetings in their homes, supporting students through attendance at special CMA events (e.g., CMA convocations, Honors and Awards ceremonies, audition and "Discovery" days, events planned by students to enhance student-faculty interaction, commencement day breakfasts, Parent's Day receptions, events for visiting secondary school students). Service should be above and beyond normal assignments or expectations and should be of regular and continuing nature.

Any CMA student, faculty member, or staff member may make a nomination and include a short letter of support.  The Award is presented at the College of Musical Arts Honors and Awards ceremony.

Please send your nominations to TBA.

Past Award Winners

1992 Judith Bentley
1993 Jackie Instone
1994 Mark Kelly
1997 Ed Duling
1998 Paul Hunt
1999 Elaine Colprit & Mark Munson
2000 Carol Hess & Kevin Schempf
2001 Nancy Buck & Kathleen Moss
2002 William Skoog
2003 Russell Schmidt
2004 G Richard Reece
2005 Vasile Beluska
2006 Myra Merritt
2007 Keith Hofacker & Barbara Lockard Zimmerman
2008 Penny Kruse
2009 Kevin Bylsma & Linda Szych
2010 Richard Kennell
2011 Carol Hayward
2012 Doug Wayland
2013 Kevin Schempf
2014 Conor Nelson & David Saltzman
2015 John Sampen
2016 Lisa Martin
2017 Charles Saenz
2018 Sujin Lee