2021 marked a heavily-anticipated return to normalcy for the Center and its programs. While the 42nd Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival did not present as many concerts as we would in a pre-pandemic model, we were able to offer six concerts over three days and the traditional composer talk. Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Hall, and Marianne Parker were wonderful guests, and brought a spark of much-needed energy to the CMA as we were gradually feeling our way back after so much time away.
Due to reduced Festival costs, the Center was able to grant slightly over $13,000 in MACCM awards to faculty and students for projects and travel. We are particularly proud that were able to give awards to every student who applied for assistance for summer festivals and programs, returning for the first time in two years.
The Center was able to continue to increase its support for the commissioning of new works through MACCM Awards, the ongoing Resonate Project, and consortium project support for commissions for the Wind Symphony (Hannah Lash) and a set of solo works by four women for the percussion studio (“Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History”). Most of these works will see their BG premieres on the New Music Festival in October
We assisted WGTE in compiling the ninth season of Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green, and eased back into our Music at the Forefront programming with a second MACCM/KEAR collaborative residency with Unheard-of//Ensemble and a remarkable standalone concert from Ekmeles, making up for their cancelled show from the spring of 2020. MACCM sponsored a reception for the 2022 Toledo Symphony Reading Session, and co-hosted the Eighth International Conference on Music and Minimalism in May. The conference was particularly successful, I was impressed with the level of engagement displayed by our faculty and students, especially our DMAs and a group of graduate students that stayed an extra week after they had graduated in order to participate and perform. It was a demonstration of the College’s “new music DNA” in action and on display for the whole world to see.
I believe that this year was quite successful in presenting, supporting, and disseminating new music not only within the CMA but within the regional and national contemporary music communities. I look forward to continued work on our new strategic plan as we continue to integrate the Center even further into the programs of the College of Musical Arts.
Kurt Doles, Director
Updated: 08/16/2022 10:52AM