MACCM Projects & New Music Events
Ongoing Projects Across the College of Musical Arts
The annual Bowling Green New Music Festival
RESONATE - a multi-year collaboration that will explore the African Diaspora through the lens of contemporary American chamber music in partnership with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Carr Center, Oberlin College-Conservatory, the University of Michigan, Michigan State, and Western Michigan.
Additional seasons of Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green, produced in partnership with WGTE Public Media
Ongoing partnerships in collaboration with the Klingler Electro-Acoustic Residency (KEAR)
The annual Toledo Symphony Orchestra Composer Readings
Student composer performances, residencies, and special events through the Composition Department
Music at the Forefront 23-24
A showcase for exceptional performers of contemporary music
Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
CONCERT: Thursday, September 14 2023 - 8pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Quince Ensemble is a treble voice quartet dedicated to changing the paradigm for contemporary vocal chamber music. Described as "the Anonymous 4 of new music" by Opera News, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of vocal ensemble literature. By performing almost exclusively the music of living composers, and actively commissioning works with a broad and curious aesthetic ear, we seek to create a landscape of contemporary vocal music that is embodied, complex, and expressive, with the musical boldness and virtuosity that is often reserved for instrumental groups.
As dedicated advocates of new music, Quince regularly commissions new works for voices, providing wider exposure for the music of living composers. In 2019, they launched the Quince New Music Commissioning Fund, a fund to grow the repertoire for women and treble voices. Through educational activities, Quince works to bring this music to a larger community of singers and listeners, offering new and empowering pathways to vocal excellence. Quince has released four studio albums, Realign the Time, Hushers, Motherland, and David Lang's love fail, all available on iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, Bandcamp, and Amazon.
Quince has been featured on many festivals and series like KODY Festival in Lublin, Poland in collaboration with David Lang and Beth Morrison Projects, the Outpost Concert Series, the Philip Glass: Music with Friends concert at Issue Project Room, University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium, and the SONiC Festival in New York, to name a few.
Comprised of vocalists Liz Pearse (soprano), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo soprano), Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano), and Carrie Henneman Shaw (soprano), Quince thrives on unique musical challenges and genre-bending contemporary repertoire.
This concert is part of the 23-24 Klingler Electro-Acoustic Residency.
Vicky Chow, piano
CONCERT: Monday, February 5, 2024 - 8pm, Kobacker Hall
Hong Kong/Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times) and “one of our era’s most brilliant pianists” (Pitchfork). Since joining the Bang on a Can All-Stars in 2009, she has collaborated and worked with composers/artists/ensembles/orchestras such as Tania León, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, George Lewis, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Sasha Waltz Dance Company, Doug Varone Dance Company, BBC Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphonietta Riga, International Contemporary Ensemble, The Knights, Tyshawn Sorey, Andy Akiho, John Zorn, Gong Linna, Kronos Quartet, Longleash Trio, Trinity Choir, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, Momenta Quartet to name a few. She has toured to over 40 countries and has performed in various venues in New York including Carnegie Hall, Guggenheim Museum, MOMA, MOMA PS1, Park Avenue Armory, National Sawdust, The Shed, Roulette, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, EMPAC in Troy New York, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms in London, L'auditori in Barcelona, Tivoli Vrendenburg in Utrecht Netherlands, ZKM in Karlsruhe Germany, City Recital Hall in Sydney Australia, Konzertzāle Latvija in Venspils, POLIN Museum in Warsaw, Poland, in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires Argentina and many others.
About her recording of Michael Gordon’s Sonatra, The New Yorker wrote, “Sonatra is a milestone of composition, and Vicky Chow’s recording of it is a milestone of pianism." Her album Tristan Perich: Surface Image released in 2013 (and also performed at BGSU) on New Amsterdam Records was among the top 10 Avant Music albums in Rolling Stone. She recently released Jane Antonia Cornish: Sierra ("Cornish’s landscape is lush, sun-baked, and a little hazy in the afternoon light, and Chow is adept and adroit at bringing out the glistening imagery painted in each track, with synesthetic titles like Sky, Ocean, Sunglitter, and Last Light." - VAN, "a reflective and subtle work, Sky for multiple layers of pianos. . . played by the versatile and talented Vicky Chow" - WNYC New Sounds) as well as Cassie Wieland: HYMN, both on the Cantaloupe label. In October 2022, she released Philip Glass: Piano Etudes Book 1 in celebration of Mr. Glass's 85th birthday which Mr. Glass says, ""It's a highly dynamic and expressive performance. There's a certain energy that is uniquely hers."". Her other recordings can be found on Nonesuch, New Amsterdam, Tzadik, among others.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she is based in Brooklyn, NY. She serves as faculty at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and has been on faculty at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She is on the Board of Advisors for Composers Now, and is also a mentor at The Juilliard School. A graduate of The Juilliard School (B.M. '05, M.M. '07 Piano Performance) and The Manhattan School of Music (M.M. Contemporary Performance '09) Ms. Chow is a Yamaha Artist.
Updated: 08/01/2023 10:33AM