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

EAR|EYE: Listening and Looking, a collaborative project featuring BGSU DMA students performing at the Toledo Museum of Art

New Music from Bowling Green, a multi-year recording project featuring the Bowling Green Philharmonia

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 21-22

A showcase for exceptional performers of contemporary music

CONCERT: Thursday, September 30 2021 - 8pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Unheard-of//Ensemble, a contemporary chamber ensemble dedicated to connecting communities across the United States through the development and performance of new music. Unheard-of is committed to the idea that new music belongs in every community, and implements this mission by performing in locations out of the reach of many new music organizations. This concert is part of the 21-22 Klingler Electro-Acoustic Residency.

CONCERT: Monday, November 22 2021 - 8pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Ekmeles is a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and rarely-heard works, and gems of the historical avant garde.

New Music Events at BGSU

This Year's Faculty and Student New Music Accomplishments

Faculty and Students - remember to report your new music activities to the Center using this form

-Otavio Manzano Kavakama (DMA) was accepted as a fellow (cello) with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival and School. A 3-year fellowship which started this last summer, he will play with this ensemble in 2022 and 2023. Highlights from the 2021 season were the world premiere of Du Yun's Oksoko, George Lewis' Mnemosis, inti figgis-vizueta's openwork, knotted object, and Roberto Sierra's Cancionero Sefardí with soprano Esther Heideman.

-Katherine Pracht Phares (DMA) sang the role of Miss Jessel in Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw (1954) on October 28 and 31 for IlluminArts at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, FL.

-Keith Phares (Faculty) sang the premiere of the baritone version of Herschel Garfein's Mortality Mansions (text by Donald Hall) on a Faculty Arts Series concert in October.

-DMA ensemble Newphonia (mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht Phares, flutist Claudia Aizaga, oboist David Munro, pianist Sandy Coursey, and double bassist/composer Adam Har-zvi) participated in a residency at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in early November, working with student composers and performing a concert.

-DMA students organized an "EAR|EYE On the Road" performance in the Willard Wankelman Gallery of the School of Art, performing various works alongside a celebration of 40+ years of graphic design work of BGSU alumni.

-DMA piano student Humay Gasimzade performed at a gala concert for the the Hajibeyli International Composers Competition at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, New York, on Friday, November 5. Humay performed a work by Uzeyir Hajibeyov, one of Azerbaijan's most renowned composers.

-The BGSU New Music Ensemble, organized by Andrew Pelletier, presented works by Roger Zare, Philippe Leroux, Libby Larsen, Julian Green (premiere), Anthony Constantino, Gerald Barry, and Marc Mellits in Bryan Recital Hall on Tuesday, November 9.

-On Thursday, January 13 at 7pm in Bryan Hall, BGSU’s College of Musical Arts will host a free public screening of the award-winning 2020 documentary "Sisters with Transistors." This documentary by director Lisa Rovner tells the untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, remarkable composers who embraced machines and their technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. From the unlimited possibilities of digital synthesizers to the recent analog recording revival; from the impossibly perfect pitch of Auto-Tune to the democratization of music-making for a generation of “bedroom” producers—each of these extraordinary developments is directly connected to the work and artistry of the women featured in “Sisters with Transistors,” including Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Pauline Oliveros, Wendy Carlos, Laurie Spiegel, and others. The 84-minute documentary will be followed by a 30-minute talkback with composer Elainie Lillios, communication scholar Lara Martin Lengel, and musicologist Ryan Ebright. This event is supported by BGSU's MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

Updated: 01/07/2022 08:50AM