Hansen Musical Arts Series

The Dorothy E. and DuWayne H. Hansen Musical Arts Series Fund was established in 1996 to bring to the campus and the Bowling Green community significant representatives of the musical arts to share their talents with undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Musical Arts and with residents of the community.

Dorothy Hansen is an alumna of the College of Musical Arts, while DuWayne Hansen is a former chair of the Department of Music Education.

Hansen Series Spring 2020 Residency: Jane Chu

More information coming soon.

Past Musical Arts Series Guests


Marin Alsop made history with her appointment as the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony, becoming the first woman to head a major American orchestra. Called a “born communicator and effective proselytizer for music” by The New York Times and a “lively entertainer as well as a powerhouse musician” by The San Francisco Chronicle, Alsop has spent a lifetime dedicated to music. She will take up the post of Chief Conductor of the São Paolo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil's premiere orchestra, at the start of the 2012 season. She can be heard regularly as a commentator on NPR’s Weekend Edition program, “Marin on Music,” BBC’s Radio 3 and XM Satellite Radio.


As performed in sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and the BBC Proms, Apollo's Fire presents "A Night at Bach's Coffeehouse" in the music of J.S. Bach and his most admired colleagues. Inspired by the lively coffeehouse concerts led by Bach in 18th-century Leipzig - fiery strings and colorful recorders...it's an evening of rampant virtuosity!

Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded by its Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell to revive the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affects, or passions, in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for music, drama and rhetoric.


A world-renowned trumpeter/composer/band leader and Blue Note recording artist, Terence Blanchard is the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for motion pictures. Born and raised in New Orleans, where he studied with the Marsalis brothers at the famed New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, he won a scholarship to Rutgers University and immediately began performing in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Two years later he succeeded Wynton Marsalis in the legendary Jazz Messengers, before forming his own influential groups. He originally began performing on Spike Lee’s soundtracks, including Mo Better Blues in which he ghosted the trumpet for actor Denzel Washington.


Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Howard Gardner is widely recognized in educational circles for his theory that humans have eight relatively autonomous intelligences rather than just one that can be assessed by standard instruments. He visited BGSU for a mini-residency Sept. 7–9, 2005. Gardner has written many books on developmental psychology, including the development of creativity in children and adults, and is also well regarded for his work with artistic development. He is a founding member and senior director of Harvard’s Project Zero, which is focused on systematic studies of artistic thought and creativity. In recent years, Gardner has embarked on a study of “GoodWork”—work that is socially responsible as well as excellent in quality.


The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Paul W. Hogle will be bringing his wit and wisdom to BGSU and the Hansen Musical Arts Series with a talk titled “Music: Turning a Commodity into Community.” It will take listeners on an imaginary journey into their favorite relative’s home and invite us to think about what happens in the family living room. "The more time I spend on university campuses," observes Hogle, "the more I observe that a university is a place where identity is created through the engagement with others, as in a family living room." The living room challenges the notion that isolation and independence are at the root of human nature. Research shows that people—given the right circumstances—can be caring, nurturing and collaborative. Presented with the opportunity, they gravitate toward actions and policies embodying empathy, fairness, and trust instead of competition, fear, and greed. The regeneration of social ties and the sense of caring and purpose that comes from creating community drive this essential transformation. Mr. Hogle will address his thoughts on how a major, influential university like BGSU can intentionally create a family living room dynamic that engages all with music, in a community of practice, thereby engaging the community itself with each other and with the university.


Principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, with whom he has also appeared as soloist. Also at Carnegie Hall, he has appeared as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, including appearances at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the University of Chicago Presents, and festival appearances at Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart and Santa Fe. He has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida and Lang Lang, and on Jan. 20, 2009, performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has appeared on “Performance Today,” Minnesota Public Radio’s “St. Paul Sunday Morning” and “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In 2013, with his brother Demarre, he appeared on “NBC Nightly News,” the “Steve Harvey Show” and on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry.

Winner of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Demarre McGill has performed concertos with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony, among others. He is currently principal flutist of the Seattle Symphony, and has held the same position with the San Diego Symphony, the Florida Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. An active chamber musician, he is a member of the Florida-based Ritz Chamber Players and has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program for emerging young artists. He has been featured on a PBS “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcast and has participated in the Music from Angel Fire, Santa Fe, Kingston, Cape Cod, Music@Menlo, Bay Chamber Concerts, Mainly Mozart, La Jolla and Marlboro music festivals and has performed on the Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Star” series and the A&E Network series “The Gifted Ones,” and was a special guest on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In addition to his performance schedule, he is the co-founder and artistic director of Art of Élan, a chamber music organization in San Diego that aims to expose new audiences to classical music.


Bob McGrath The College of Musical Arts hosted a three-day mini-residency by Bob McGrath of Sesame Street fame on Sept. 3–5, 2003.

Appearing for more than 30 years on Sesame Street, McGrath is one of the original hosts of the groundbreaking children’s show. He was recently inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and is the recipient of the American Eagle Award by the National Music Council, as well as the Fame Award, presented by the National Association of Music Educators for furthering the cause of music education.

McGrath attended an invitation-only dinner co-sponsored by the College of Musical Arts and WBGU-PBS; met with students from the Arts Village, a University residential learning community; held an interactive presentation for approximately 400 first- and second-grade students from the Bowling Green City Schools; presided over storytelling at the Wood County Public Library, and spoke at the College of Musical Arts’ Fall Convocation.

Paul Hogle

Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.


Craig Schulman, Singer and actor Craig Schulman, whose Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Jekyll & Hyde, visited BGSU for a mini-residency Oct. 4–5, 2004. A veteran of Broadway productions, national and international tours in such starring roles as Jean Valjean, the Phantom and Jekyll & Hyde, Schulman presented educational activities for high school and college students, as well as a live public performance. Schulman conducted master classes with BGSU voice and theater students, as well as worked with several talented high school students nominated by their teachers. He also spoke with students enrolled in an introductory opera class, sharing his experience in switching back and forth between the worlds of opera and musical theater.


The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. The ABQ’s rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and all fifty of the United States; a discography of nearly sixty recordings; and the premieres of over one hundred fifty contemporary brass works.


With 31 years experience as a Music Director, 34 years as a conductor of Pops, and 33 years in the Opera pit, Bob Bernhardt brings a unique perspective and ability each time he is on the podium, and in every genre. He is currently Principal Pops Conductor with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and is in his 15th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. Formerly, he was Principal Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic, Music Director and Conductor of the Tucson Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of Kentucky Opera, Music Director and Conductor of the Amarillo Symphony, and Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. The 2012-13 season marked his 20th anniversary with the Boston Pops and he has been a frequent guest conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony, among others. A lover of Opera, he conducted productions with Kentucky Opera for 18 consecutive seasons, and for 19 seasons with his own company in Chattanooga, as well as many guest conducting engagements with the Nashville Opera. He received his Masters degree with Honors from the University of Southern California’s School of Music, studying primarily with Daniel Lewis. He received his Bachelors-Fine Arts degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum laude, and an Academic All-American Baseball Player.


Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also an advisor to the Psychology of Learning Program at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. The most recent recipient of MENC's Senior Researcher Award, Dr. Duke has directed national research efforts under the sponsorship of such organizations as the National Piano Foundation and the International Suzuki Institute. His research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, including motor skill learning, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. His most recent work explores procedural memory consolidation and the cognitive processes engaged during musical improvisation. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of  Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction and  The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University.


Nancy Giles delights TV audiences with her social commentaries and theater fans with her solo pieces. She is a funny, perceptive and provocative observer of today's world. Giles has made her mark dismantling misconceptions about race, feminism and sexism. Her one-woman New York stage show, Black Comedy: The Wacky Side of Racism, was called "smart and unforgiving" by the Village Voice. Her acclaimed work on CBS Sunday Morning has provided the largest audience yet for her unique blend of laugh-out-loud humor and common sense wisdom. On topics ranging from popular culture and body image to creativity and stereotype, Giles says, "I want to make people laugh and I want to entertain them, but I also want to provoke thought and discussion."


The Festival Series and the Hansen Musical Arts Series join forces to bring world-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis to Bowling Green! Marsalis has always been a man of numerous musical interests from jazz, blues and funk to classical music projects. The three-time Grammy winner has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, composer and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world's most promising new and established artists. Has also received a 2010 Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for his participation in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's Fences! Whether on the stage, in the recording studio, in the classroom or in the community, Marsalis represents a commitment to musical excellence and a determination to keep music at the forefront.


While Bill McGlaughlin is most widely known for his work in broadcasting (host of Peabody Award winning St. Paul Sunday and Exploring Music (both heard on WQXR) as well as programs from Wolf Trap and the Library of Congress, he is proud to have begun his professional life as an honest musician, playing trombone with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. In addition he spent twenty five years as an orchestral conductor with posts ranging from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to twelve seasons as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony. Over that period McGlaughlin received numerous awards for adventurous contemporary programming from ASCAP and has the symphony-board-inflicted scars to show for it.


Anne Midgette is a classical music reviewer for The New York Times, where she also occasionally reviews theater. A freelance critic and arts writer, she has written frequently for The Wall Street Journal, Town and Country, The Los Angeles Times, Opera News, OpernWelt, ARTnews, and many other publications. After graduating from Yale University with a degree in Classical Civilization, she lived for 11 years in Munich, Germany, reviewing opera, music and art throughout Europe for the Wall Street Journal and Opera News, doing freelance work for everyone from Deutsche Grammophon to the BBC, editing a monthly magazine, and writing several travel guidebooks. After returning to New York she worked as classical music editor for the now-defunct music-on-demand site MusicMaker.com, as well as writing and reviewing for Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Die Welt (in German) and other above mentioned publications, before becoming the first woman to review classical music for the Times on a regular basis in 2001.

Greg Sandow has been one of the few music critics in America with a national reputation for writing about both classical music and pop. He’s also been one of the few classical critics who challenges the old assumptions of the classical music world. His writing has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal, where for many years he was a regular contributor. In pop music, he’s been chief pop critic of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, and both music critic and senior music editor of Entertainment Weekly.


Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries.

Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center, to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a small few to have received GRAMMYS in multiple genres, have received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie.


Benjamin Zander, conductor, teacher and speaker, teaches on faculty of the New England Conservatory and is artistic director of the joint program between NEC and Walnut Hill, a boarding school for the Performing Arts. During his 35-year tenure as conductor of the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic, he has taken the orchestra on 13 international tours, made five commercial recordings and several television documentaries for PBS. Zander is conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. The BPO has recorded five extremely successful CDs, all of which are listed in the Penguin Guide of the Best Recordings of the Past 20 Years. Zander has established an international reputation as a guest conductor and has a unique relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London with whom he is recording a series of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies for the Telarc label. He also has an extensive speaking career, traveling the world lecturing to organizations on leadership. The best-selling book, The Art of Possibility, co-authored with his partner, leading psychotherapist Rosamund Zander, has been translated into 16 languages.