Associate Professor Dr. Richard L. Schnipke, Director
Dr. Richard Schnipke serves as Associate Professor of Choral Activities at Bowling Green State University. His duties at BGSU include conducting the Collegiate Chorale and Men’s Chorus, as well as teaching graduate courses in choral repertoire and conducting. Previously, Dr. Schnipke held faculty positions at Xavier University and The Ohio State University and spent 15 years as a public school choral director. He holds degrees from Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University, and has done additional graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Choirs under Schnipke’s direction have sung for conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association, the Ohio Choral Directors Association, and the American Musicological Society, as well as national seminars of the Intercollegiate Male Choruses organization. Dr. Schnipke also frequently presents at state, regional, and national conferences on the incorporation of Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the choral rehearsal.
As a vocalist, Schnipke performs regularly as a professional chorister and has served as tenor section leader for Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble (Grammy Award winner, Craig Hella Johnson, music director). Dr. Schnipke also currently serves as Vice/Past-President of the Ohio Choral Directors Association.
Brazilian pianist Ariel Magno da Costa has finished his doctoral studies in Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University (2021), where he studied with Laura Melton and Thomas Rosenkranz. His dissertation on Gabriel Erkoreka’s works for solo piano is the first scholarly discussion of his piano music. Ariel also holds degrees from Central Michigan University (M.M.), where he studied with Alexandra Mascolo-David, and State University of Campinas (B.M.), studying with Maria José Carrasqueira and Alexandre Zamith.
Some of his recent activities include participation at the Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival 38, 39, 40, and 41, the 2017 IDRS Annual Conference (Appleton, WI), Society of Composers 2018 National Conference (Tacoma, WA), and the 14th and 15th seasons of soundSCAPE Festival (Cesena, Italy).
Throughout his studies, Ariel has played with conductors Kenneth Thompson, Emily Freeman Brown, Alex Popovici, Nina Nash-Robertson, Alan Gumm, Hans-Peter Schurz and Fernando Barreto. He has also played in Masterclasses with pianists such as Ursula Oppens, Cristina Ortiz, Cristina Gerling, Fabio Luz, Luca Chiantore, Richard Steinbach, Sergio Gallo, Jeffrey Jacob and Ann Schein, among others.
Alexander Kuhn graduated from Bowling Green Stare University in the Fall of 2020 and has returned to the university for a Masters in Choral Conducting. During his time at BGSU, Alex participated in Acapella Choir, Collegiate Chorale, and the Men’s chorus, along with the student run male acapella group Ten40. He was also an active member of BGSU’s chapter of Phi Mu Alpha. Alex also is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, where his enjoyment for the barbershop style started with the quarters formed within the men’s chorus, and has went on to participate with groups in the Northeast and Northwest Ohio area. He is excited to return to his alma mater to work and perform with the group that he enjoyed so much during his undergrad.
Baritone, Matthew Radford, is a second-year graduate student at BGSU pursuing a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. Prior to his time at BGSU, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Waverly High School in Waverly, Ohio where he taught junior high and high school choral ensembles, private voice lessons, directed Polarity (Waverly’s pop a cappella group), and the spring musicals.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Dayton, where he studied voice with David Sievers and Errik Hood. He studied conducting under Robert Jones and Patrick Reynolds. At U.D., Matthew participated in many activities such as University Chorale, World Music Choir, Early Music Ensemble, Remedy (UD’s premier pop a cappella group), Opera Workshop, Operas, Musicals, Concert Band, Marching Band, and Chamber Ensembles. Matthew has sung with Dayton Opera, Dayton Chorus, Dayton Philharmonic Chorus, the Lancaster Community Chorus, the Lancaster Chorale, and the Great Seal of Ohio Band.
He is a member of Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), where he remains an active member. He is a brother of the national men’s music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys arranging music for choirs and pop a cappella groups, spending time with his dog, and trying new foods.