2023 Alumni Event and Concert

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Men’s Chorus Alums Invited to Participate in the Alumni Chorus, Conducted by:

Dr. William Skoog (BGSU MC conductor from 2000-2009)


Prof. Richard Mathey (BGSU MC conductor from 1971-2000)


William Skoog joined the Rhodes faculty in 2009 as Professor of Music, and Director of Choral Studies. He most recently served as Director of Choral Activities at Bowling Green State University, directing the University Men’s Chorus, University Choral Society and Collegiate Chorale, and taught courses in undergraduate and graduate conducting and choral literature. He served in a similar capacity at Indiana/Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Choral ensembles under his direction have distinguished themselves at OCDA, OMEA, ACDA, IMC and MENC conference performances. Skoog has conducted various university choirs with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony (OH), the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (IN), the Elkhart Symphony and Chorus (IN), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Moravian Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has conducted European premieres of works by Dave Brubeck, and has prepared choruses for Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Edvard Tchivzhel, Stephan Sanderling, Giordano Bellincampi, and Mei Ann Chen. He has conducted International Choral Festivals in Lucerne, Rome, France, and the Czech Republic, and will conduct the Dublin Choral Festival in 2018. He also conducted a special President’s Day Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. He conducted a festival concert with the New England Symphony at Carnegie Hall in May, 2017. He has been invited back to conduct at Carnegie Hall again in May, 2018, and also for the Festival of the Aegean, on the Island of Syros, Greece, in 2018, with the Warsaw Symphony.

His publishing credits include Music Educators Journal, Choral Journal and Cambridge Scholars Press (UK). He has presented at respected scholarly conferences including MENC, ACDA, and the International Conference on the Literature of War, at the Durrell School, in Corfu, Greece. Skoog is a champion of new music, and choral ensembles under his direction have performed and premiered numerous pieces as part of the renowned New Music and Art Festival for Mid American Center for Contemporary Music, an international festival held at BGSU. They have performed compositions by Jennifer Higdon, James DeMars, Burton Beerman, Dave Brubeck, Samuel Adler, Chen Yi, John Harbison and Michael Cox, among others. He recently conducted the European premier The Singing Rooms, by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon, at La Madeleine, in Paris, France, with the composer present.

Skoog directs choral festivals in Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, New York and Iowa. As a singer, he participated by audition in the Robert Shaw Festival and Institute Singers under Robert Shaw, also performing by audition with Sir Neville Marriner, André Previn and Peter Schreier at Carnegie Hall.


Richard D. Mathey began his teaching career in the Columbus, Ohio Public Schools where he taught for seven years - five at Starling Junior High and two years at Central High School. He was with the faculty at Bowling Green State University for 32 years, where he became Director of Choral Activities (1985-1997) and professor of music.

On July 4, 1997 the Music Educators National Conference and the Harmony Society honored him for his service to music education. Capital University honored Professor Mathey on April 24, 2004, where he received the 2004 Alumni Achievement Award and the Ohio Choral Directors Association in 2007 awarded him a service award for choral education. July of 2009 he was elected to the Harmony Societies Hall of Fame along with receiving the Joe Liles Lifetime Achievement Award for service to choral education.

He conducted All-State Choirs in Colorado (twice), Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, and Ohio.

He is co-author of a book: IN TUNE WITH RD MATHEY, written with his daughter Stacey Mathey Osborn in 2010. Professor Mathey can be heard on the CD album Without A Song, recorded with his son and operatic tenor, Shawn Mathey.


Cost: $25

Tentative Schedule:

Friday, April 14 (optional)

7:00 PM, BGSU Collegiate Chorale Concert, St. Aloysius Church in BG

Saturday, April 15

8:15 AM, Check-In, Moore Musical Arts Center, Kobacker Lobby

  • Coffee and bagels in MMAC 1012 (Kelly Hall)

9:00 AM, Alumni Chorus rehearsal, Kobacker

11:15 AM, Combined Alumni Chorus and current BGSU MC rehearsal, Kobacker

12:00 AM Lunch on-your-own at your favorite BG spot

1:30 PM, Alumni Chorus rehearsal, MMAC 1012 (Kelly Hall)

3:30 PM, Afternoon break

  • Options for campus tour or to catch part of the A Capella Choir and Volaré Concert

4:30 PM, Alumni Chorus concert work-through, Kobacker

5:15 PM, Dinner Break and change into concert attire (dark suit or sport coat and tie)

6:40 PM, Current BGSU Men’s Chorus rehearsal, Kobacker

7:15 PM, Run-through of combined pieces, Kobacker

7:30 PM, Alumni Chorus Pre-Concert Warm-Up and line-up, MMAC 1040 (Choral Room)

8:00 PM, Joint Concert with current chorus, Kobacker

9:30 PM, Afterglow event hosted by Tom Pendleton ’89 (details to follow)

Additional concert tickets: can be purchased at:

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Updated: 03/08/2023 09:18PM