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, Dr. Richard 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). He also currently serves as Vice/Past-President of the Ohio Choral Directors Association.
Kevin McGill taught himself to play the piano at the age of 12, and by the age of 14 was playing the organ for church services in his hometown of Richmond, Indiana. He attended the University of Evansville and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. He received a Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Bowling Green State University where he had assistantships in Opera accompanying and voice studio accompanying. His piano teachers include Laura Melton, Virginia Marks, Anne Hastings-Fiedler, and Cecilia Cho. After graduating Kevin taught at Bowling Green State University and Bluffton University.
As an organist, Kevin McGill was Director of Music Ministry at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green, OH for 20 years. He has also toured Europe with various choirs. His organ teachers include Vernon Wolcott, Douglas Reed and Dwight Thomas.
Mr. McGill is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of piano and choral accompanist at BGSU, pianist for The Toledo Masterworks Chorale, and organist at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (Bowling Green). He is also active as a freelance collaborative pianist.
Alexander Kuhn graduated from Bowling Green State 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 gone 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.