Honors and Awards
2020 Honors and Awards
COVID-19 changed our interactions in Spring 2020 and created a new reality, in essence, a virtual reality. With social distancing at play and a completely online learning environment from March 20 to the end of the semester, the College of Musical Arts decided to host an online ceremony to honor its scholarship and award winners.
Here are the 2020 College of Musical Arts Honors and Awards including information about the scholarship and awards, the names of those for whom the awards are named, and the student recipients for the year.
Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award
This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student with an overall GPA of 3.5 majoring in music, and is based solely on considerations of excellence in the areas of musicianship, scholarship, leadership, service and personality.
Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Fund
This is award is given to students to help them expand their musical training through participation in events such as auditions, study abroad, etc. The recipient shall be a full-time graduate student in good academic standing.
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Robert and Leona Fellers Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student at the College of Musical Arts with a minimum GPA of 3.0, involved in extracurricular or community organizations in either Muskingum County or while a student at BGSU.
Dean’s Service Award
TO BE ANNOUNCED
The Richard S. James Memorial Scholarship
The recipient must be a junior, senior, or graduate student in the College of Musical Arts; have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 for undergraduate and 3.5 for graduate students; have demonstrated superior skill in written communication; and be a music history major or have demonstrated strong interest in this discipline.
Field-Starks Family Book Award
This award recognizes qualified full-time undergraduate students within the College of Musical Arts who are majoring in Music Performance with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
The BGSU JaFran Jones Award in Ethnomusicology
This is the inaugural year for this award to be presented. It is given to one or two outstanding undergraduate or graduate students, based on their accomplishments in scholarship and/or performance in ethnomusicology or world music.
Joseph Johnson and Adesina Odiduro
Jan Arthur and Herbert B. Van Gorder Memorial Trumpet Scholarship
This scholarship was established to support a trumpet player in the Falcon Marching Band. The recipient must be an undergraduate music major with a minimum GPA of 3.2.
Carolyn Johnson Houk Scholarship
Mr. Jack Houk ’55 created the Carolyn Johnson Houk Scholarship to benefit students within the College of Musical Arts, in honor of his wife Carolyn. The recipient should be a musically talented undergraduate music major within the College of Musical Arts and hold a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Toledo Symphony Orchestra Composition Scholarship
Each year, two Toledo Symphony Composition Scholarships are to be awarded to incoming students in the Master of Music in Composition degree program. These awards recognize musical achievement in general and specifically, the potential for success in the area of orchestral composition. Each recipient of the scholarship is guaranteed a slot during the second year of their degree in the annual Toledo Symphony BGSU Student Composer Reading Session.
Pak Hei Leung, Cory Brodack, Timothy Parsons
Dorothy Robertson Christensen Memorial Scholarship
The recipient of this scholarship shall be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in music education who has demonstrated overall academic excellence. Preference shall be given to students who have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate financial need.
Natalie Katz Sternberg Music Education Scholarship
The recipient of this award must be a full-time student who is a rising junior or senior in the music education program at Bowling Green State University. Preference is given to students who are specializing in, or have specific interest in, the piano or violin. The selection is based on scholarship and involvement in professional service and professional growth activities indicating a commitment to music education.
Keith and Helene Dearborn Music Education Award
This award is given to a music education major who has made, or shows the potential to make, a significant contribution to the BGSU music education program, shown excellent musical and academic achievement, and exhibited those personal qualities essential for success as a teacher of general (classroom) music.
Elfreda M. Rusher Music Education Scholarship
The recipient of this scholarship must be a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Musical Arts majoring in music education. The recipient must be a rising junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a resident of Ohio.
Diane Inbody Pepple Scholarship in Music Education
The purpose of the Diane Inbody Pepple Scholarship in Music Education is to celebrate the life of Diane Inbody Pepple and to recognize student achievement in preparation for music education in public schools.
Heidi Fern Clausius Master’s in Music Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in any discipline in the College of Musical Arts. Strong preference should be given to a non-traditional student who has rediscovered their passion of music and desires to further their education to advance their career.
Dr. Richard Kennell Music Scholarship
This scholarship was created with money provided by friends, colleagues, alumni and donors to honor Dr. Richard Kennell and celebrate his retirement as Dean of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University in 2011. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to a student in the College of Musical Arts.
Dr. Paul Makara Violin Scholarship
Professor of Music Performance Studies
The recipient must be a violin student at the College of Musical Arts with a GPA of higher than 3.0 who, following an audition, has demonstrated a positive and professional attitude.
Cole Habekost and Gene Waldron
Jessica J. Walker Memorial Marching Band Scholarship
Jessica Walker was a bachelor of science student majoring in chemistry. One of the main reasons she attended BGSU was to play in the marching band. Her parents set up this scholarship to honor their daughter. The recipient must be a female marching band member, who is a full-time student with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Vince Polce Scholarship
The Vince Polce Scholarship was created to support students who are Music Education majors who are active participants in the BGSU University Bands’ programs and must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Tyler Schrieber and Christian Bush
Misamore Marching Band Scholarship
Originally from Findlay, Ohio, Bruce and Janet Misamore both attended BGSU.
As an undergraduate Bruce was the recipient of a Music Talent Award, and was a member of the Falcon Marching Band and the Symphonic Band mostly as a non-music major. He was the president of Kappa Kappa Psi, the band honorary fraternity, and served for several years after graduation as a member of the Alumni Band Board of Directors, including a term as the organization’s president.
John A. Hage Falcon Marching Band Leadership Award
John Hage had a lifelong history of supporting various charitable organizations to include those that promoted the development of musical talents with the disciplines of both musical education and instrumental performance. It is the family’s intention that the gift support initiatives of the BGSU Falcon Marching Band and promote leadership.
Dr. Richard and Annette S. Ecker Award in Instrumental Music Education
This book award is presented to outstanding undergraduate students in memory of Dr. Richard Ecker, a member of the BGSU instrumental music faculty for 17 years, and in honor of Mrs. Annette Ecker, who has enhanced the quality of life at the University and in the community through selfless and dedicated volunteer service.
Joseph and Zola Buford Scholarship in Music
This award is given to a student majoring in voice who is enrolled in both the choral and opera areas. The recipient must exemplify excellence in voice.
Cathy McCambridge Memorial Scholarship
The recipient must be a full-time rising sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in voice with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
Edwin and Karolynn Betts Performance Award
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student in the brass area with a preference for trumpet who exhibits exceptional skill and technique as a musical performer. The recipient must be a rising junior or senior in good academic standing with an overall 2.5 grade point average. Involvement with performance activities in the College, University, community or the profession must also be demonstrated.
Bushong Trumpet Scholarship
Brian and Sara Bushong established the Bushong Trumpet Scholarship because they believe that music and performing had a positive life-long presence in their lives. It is their wish to reward the hard work and talent of a BGSU trumpet student as he/she pursues their love of music.
Herbert Spencer Horn Students Fund
Awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student studying applied horn in the College of Musical Arts.
Morgan Crum and Sam Bradford
C. Elizabeth Cobb Memorial Fund
This award was established for students in the College of Musical Arts who are piano majors and display exceptional promise in the area of collaborative piano studies.
Bernice Ely Coulon Special Achievement Awards
The recipients must be enrolled as full-time music majors in the College of Musical Arts at least one semester of the following academic year, and demonstrate outstanding progress and potential for future growth in the areas of musicianship, scholarship and leadership.
Gretchen Hill (Woodwind)
Frances Zengel (Musicology/Composition/Theory)
Tyler Schrieber (Brass/Percussion)
Abraham Roos (Voice)
Logan Maccariella (Jazz)
Ann Buffenbarger (Piano)
Cole Habekost (Strings)
E. Printy Arthur Jazz Studies Award
Associate Professor of Music Performance Studies, Director of Jazz Activities
This award was created due to Mr. Arthur’s lifelong love of jazz to assist the students of the University’s exceptional Jazz Studies Program. The award is to be presented to a full-time jazz studies student.
Bob Sebo Endowed Jazz Studies Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the College of Musical Arts. Preference will be given to a jazz major. The student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Bernice R. Shanklin Music Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the College of Musical Arts with preference given to saxophonists majoring in jazz or jazz majors.
Pro Musica Faculty/Staff Award
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Although the recipients for these awards have been publicly recognized for their accomplishments, we take pleasure in honoring them again on this occasion.
The Alumni Men’s Chorus Society Scholarship 2019–20 - Dylan Jebode, Cameron Hill
Robert H. Short Scholarship - Jerusha Taylor (2019)
David Glasmire Memorial Scholarship - Noreen Fischer (2019)
Dr. Barbara Allyen Lockard-Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship (2020) - Lindsay Osterholtz
Distinguished Thesis/Document Award - Hillary LaBonte
J. Paul Kennedy Music Achievement Award - Elizabeth Pearse (2019)
The Hansen Music Fellowship 2019–21 - Gene Waldron, Noah Laabs, Erin Burks, Gretchen Hill, Ling-Na Kao, Christian Bush, Steven Naylor, Amanda Withrow, Krsangi Dove
Bernice R. Shanklin Band Scholarship - Megan Cox, Andrew Lineweaver
Grafner & Bleckner Scholarship 2019–20 - Shanshan Li
Mark S. Kelly Band Scholarship - Emily Jarvis, Kaitlynn Owens
Dr. Marjorie E. Conrad Voice Scholarship 2019–20 - Andrea Kaufhold, Charlie Nykiel, Matthew Darouse, Ryan Hawkins, Lindsay Osterholt, Jhane Perdue
2019–20 Mary Ann (Dalton) ’60 & Eugene R. Wilson ’60 Choral Music Scholarship - Tyler Hartline
Violet Beebe Johnson Memorial Scholarship 2018 - Yuefeng Liu
Helen Lakofsky Piano Scholarship 2018 - Steven Naylor
2020–21 O. & P. Smith Endowed Piano Fund - Zhan Shi, Jiamo Zhang, Yuefeng Liu, Min-Shan Tsai, Jianhe Chen
String Department Scholarship 2019–20 - Lindsay Diesing
Gerald McLaughlin Memorial String Scholarship 2019–20 - Nina Badagliacco
Helen Kelly Service Above Self Award 2018–19 - Misty Lovejoy
2020–21 Warren Allen Vocal Talent Endowed Award - Nicholas Kottman, Brianna England
2020–21 Frank Baldanza Vocal Talent Scholarship - Brianna England
2019 Dorothy MacKenzie Price International Music Studies Fund - Yongtong Tan, Yang Xu, Jiani Wu
Winners, Undergraduate Division - Taylor Francis, flute, Cole Habekost, violin
Honorable mention: Tai Knoll, flute
Winners, Graduate Division - Thomas Roggio, violin, Lindsey Welp, saxophone
Honorable mention: Yuefeng Liu, piano
Winner, Composition Division - Pablo Gomez-Estevez, NERUDA
Virginia Marks Collaborative Pianist Award - Min-Shan Tsai
2018–19 Sarah and Nicholas Cucare Scholarship - Julia Gries
McMaster Scholarship 2019–20 - Xiao Du
- Emma Stumpf – Oral Presentation Award BGSU Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, “A Sensory-Friendly Musicking Experience.”
- Kelly Cole, Sam Longo-Capobianco, Jon-Luke Martin, and Isaac Page had papers accepted to the Music and the Moving Image Conference hosted at New York University.
- Sophie Browning – Research Presentation Acceptance, National Association for Music Education Annual Conference, “A Multi-State Profile of Music Teachers in U.S. Charter Schools.”
- Allison Davis – Poster Presentation Acceptance, National Association for Music Education Annual Conference, “Diverse Composers: They ARE Accessible to K12 Band!”
- Christa Widman – Poster Presentation Acceptance, National Association for Music Education Annual Conference, “Non-Binary Music Teacher Challenges: An Analysis.”
- Rachel Krueger, President Elect, Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association State Board.
- Tai Knoll, Communications Director, Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association State Board.
- Jacob Braslawsce – Accepted to Cal Arts - MFA Composition and Experimental Sound Practices - Accepted as Production Fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado; Juried performances at Electronic Music Midwest 2019 (KS) and Electroacoustic Mini Festival 2019 (WA).
- Indigo Knecht – Accepted to the University of Michigan: MM in Composition; “Free the Blackbirds” accepted to 2019 BGSU/Toledo Symphony Reading Session.
- Sam Longo-Capobianco – Accepted to University of California, Riverside: PhD in Digital Composition; “Black Box  accepted to 2019 BGSU/Toledo Symphony Reading Session; Juried performances at Electronic Music Midwest 2019 (KS) and West Fork New Music Festival 2019 (VA).
- Leah Tracy – Accepted as a composer to the Society of Saint Romanos the Melodist’s Pan-Orthodox Masterclass.
The BGSU MTNA Collegiate Chapter received a sizable grant from the Music Teachers National Association to help commission compositions for beginning piano students.
For the Great Lakes Regional NATS Auditions held at BGSU on March 7, 2020, the following students placed or advanced to Nationals: Jhane Perdue, 1st place winner, Upper Classical Third year College Women; Brianna England, 2nd place winner, Advanced College Women; Crystal Lau, Advanced College Women, qualified to compete in the National Round of Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee 2020.
Joseph Johnson – CURS grant in the fall, accepted into Indiana University’s MM program in ethnomusicology
Adesina Odiduro – Second place for best presentation at the African Graduate Student Association Research Conference at Michigan State University.
Tai Knoll – CURS grant for the winter as part of our study abroad to Morocco, presenting at the spring online Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Scholarship.