The Hansen Music Fellowship
An extraordinary fellowship for two extraordinary freshmen
The Hansen Fellowship Program provides funding to selected undergraduate students for musical experiences vital to students’ long-term advancement. From travel, to music summer training programs, to recording and performance opportunities, Hansen Fellows will be uniquely and more impressively prepared for their musical careers. There is no other program like this throughout the country. Hansen Fellows are given extraordinary opportunities for professional development that are more typical for master's and doctoral study.
Each year, two entering freshman students in the College of Musical Arts will be designated as Hansen Fellows. Students awarded the Hansen Fellowship will be the most talented and is expected they will be of a top academic and musical caliber. Hansen Fellows will receive an additional stipend of $1,000 annually, plus generous monetary allocations to cover the expenses of their four-year program of fellowship activities.
|Year 1||$1,000 stipend and up to $2,000 summer experience||$3,000|
|Year 2||$1,000 stipend and up to $1,000 master class/lessons||$2,000|
|Year 3||$1,000 stipend and up to $1,000 commissioning project||$2,000|
|Year 4||$1,000 stipend and up to $3,000 recording/performance||$4,000|
|Total value of Hansen Fellowship||$11,000|
To be eligible for the Hansen Fellowship, students must perform a successful BGSU audition and be nominated by an applied faculty member. Criteria for consideration are listed below.
Demonstration of exceptional musical performance through BGSU audition and related performance activity
Acceptance to BGSU and the College of Musical Arts as a music major by March 1
Minimum ACT score of 26 (excluding International Students) or equivalent SAT score (1230 and above)
Minimum TOEFL score of 71 (for International Students)
Nomination by BGSU applied faculty member
Once a student is nominated for the fellowship, they will be contacted by the Hansen Fellowship Committee (HFC) for additional information. Students nominated will be required to submit a video audition recording with the same repertoire performed for their BGSU audition, a letter of recommendation, and complete an interview with members of the HFC. Interviews may be conducted in person or through Skype or other technology.
The Dean of the College of Musical Arts will notify students selected for the Hansen Fellowship by April 1.
Email the completed application form as an attachment to Dr. Laura Melton, Chair of Music Performance Studies at the College of Musical Arts; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Laura Melton, chair
Music Performance Studies
College of Musical Arts
Bowling Green State University
Moore Musical Arts Center
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Meet our current Hansen Fellows
Amanda Withrow is an oboist majoring in Music Performance at Bowling Green State University, studying with Dr. Nermis Mieses (BM expected Spring 2023). In 2019, she was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra with whom she toured Europe; she also was principal oboe of the 2019 OMEA All State Orchestra. At BGSU, Amanda performs in Wind Symphony and chamber ensembles, serves as treasurer of the Double Reed Club, and runs social media to maintain oboe studio visibility and engagement with prospective students. She has performed in masterclasses with Reid Messich, Euridice Alvarez, Tim Gocklin, and Pedro Diaz while seeking further learning opportunities from oboists such as Nancy Ambrose King, Frank Rosenwein, Dwight Parry, and Eugene Izotov. In 2020, she attended the MasterWorks Summer Festival where she was featured as an Honors Recital performer. After graduating, Amanda plans to attend graduate school, perform in an orchestra, and teach.
Phoebe Saboley is currently an undergraduate student at Bowling Green State University studying music education. At BGSU, she studies horn with Dr. Andrew Pelletier and has performed in the Wind Symphony and Horn Club. The COVID-19 pandemic has made for a unique first year with limited performance opportunities, however, before coming to BGSU, Phoebe was a four-year member of the OMEA All-State Band, three-year member of the NAFME All-National Band, and two-year member of the Honor Band of America. She also performed for four years with the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, including a performance at Carnegie Hall in the summer of 2018. Phoebe has used this unprecedented time to plan what she will do with the help of the Hansens. She is considering commissioning and recording a horn trio, studying abroad, and attending her first International Horn Society Convention.
Christian Bush is a Senior at BGSU studying Music Education and minoring in Recording Technology. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Christian has been playing tuba since the seventh grade and hopes to continue his studies after graduating from BGSU and pursue a master’s degree in tuba performance. In high school, Christian played Eb tuba with the All-Star Brass Band and was the principal tuba player with the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra. Christian went to Carnegie Hall with both groups and his senior year he performed the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Orchestra. Since arriving at BGSU, Christian has given two solo recitals and been a finalist in both the Concerto Competition, and the Wayland Chamber Music Competition. Christian has also performed with the BGSU Concert Band and Wind Symphony, and sang with the A Capella Choir, University Choral Society, and the Men’s Chorus. Christian hopes to someday perform in a professional symphony orchestra and teach at the collegiate level.
Abigail Petersen is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music at Bowling Green State University, studying Piano Performance under Dr. Yevgeny Yontov. Originally from the Town of Clayton, Wisconsin, Abigail earned multiple musical honors during her high school years at state and regional competitions and performed in masterclasses with distinguished pianists including Jie Chen, Aaron Wunsch, and Elena Abend. During the 2019-2020 school year, Abigail served as the collaborative pianist for the Lawrence Academy of Music Ragazze Girl Choir and has since performed frequently as a freelance collaborative pianist for other area young musicians. At BGSU, she continues this passion for collaborative work by performing in chamber settings with the other Class of 2025 Hansen Fellows — Justin Brown and Joshua Lyphout — as well as by accompanying her fellow student musicians. With the generous funding from the Hansen Fellowship, Abigail hopes to study at a summer music festival abroad and to perform a themed recital fusing music with her interests in other academic disciplines.
Kamryn McCrory is a cellist majoring in Music Education at Bowling Green State University, studying with Dr. Brian Snow, DMA. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Kamryn has participated in and been a valued member of numerous music-oriented programs. In 2018, Kamryn was offered a position in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra with whom she toured Europe upon graduation. Recently, Kamryn has professionally recorded and performed American composer Augusta Reed Thomas’s Rainbow Bridge to Paradise for Solo Violoncello for BGSU’s New Music Festival in October 2020. She has also performed and worked with many members of The Cleveland Orchestra such as cellists Brian Thornton, David Alan Harrell, Richard Weiss, Tanya Ell, and violinists and pianist Isabel Trautwein and Carolyn Warner. After graduation, Kamryn hopes to teach K-8 instrumental strings and conduct her own beginning string orchestra.
Liz Mathiesen is a first-year cellist and composer from Stroudsburg, PA. She is currently studying under Dr. Brian Snow on cello and Dr. Marilyn Shrude in composition. During her high school years, Liz studied under cellists Chris Gross and Audrey Simons and composer Chase Morrison. She served as the principal cellist of the Young People’s Philharmonic of Lehigh Valley and the Pocono Youth Orchestra, and in her senior year, served as the principal cellist of the PMEA Northeastern Regional Orchestra, qualifying for All-State Orchestra. Liz earned many awards during her high school career, including the Arion Orchestra Award, the National School Orchestra Award, the Allentown Symphony Schadt Award, the Burger King McLamore scholarship, and her school’s music department award. Liz is also an alumna of the Brevard Music Festival, Eastman Cello Institute, and Young Women Composers Camp at Temple University.
Steven Naylor is pursuing degrees in piano performance and composition at BGSU. He currently studies with pianist Laura Melton and composer Mikel Kuehn. He has participated in masterclasses with pianists Arthur Greene, Jerry Wong, Marina Lomazov, and Gilbert Kalish and composer Jake Heggie. He has presented four recitals at BGSU, playing music from the Renaissance through the modern day, including his own compositions. Steven performed etudes by Augusta Read Thomas at BGSU’s 2020 New Music Festival. In 2020-2021, Steven composed a MicroOpera about Hildegard von Bingen for the annual BGSU productions. Performing in the Borderlines Trio (with Taylor Francis, flute, and Gretchen Hill, clarinet), he won first place in the undergraduate division of the 2019 Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition. As a recipient of the Hansen Fellowship, Steven used funds to commission pianist and composer Catherine McMichael, and will use future funds to create an album of his own compositions.
Noah Laabs is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree in music performance and has just finished the first semester of his junior year at BGSU. Noah has been studying Tuba Performance under the instruction of Professor Dave Saltzman and has performed with various BGSU university ensembles, such as the Wind Symphony and the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. Over his first two years at BGSU, Noah also performed in various chamber ensembles such as Tuba-Euphonium Quartets and Brass Quintets. In the summer of 2019, Noah traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina to attend the Eastern Music Festival Euphonium Tuba Institute where he was able to study with virtuoso performers, Demondrae Thurman and Aaron Tindall, and attend masterclasses and professional orchestra concerts. More recently (Spring 2020), Noah has been assisting fellow Hansen Scholar, Christian Bush, with his CD project where he performs as a part of a tuba trio on two tracks of the album. With his remaining time at BGSU, Noah will continue to perform with large and small ensembles and continue to explore music.
Justin Brown is a clarinetist pursing a BM in Music Performance at Bowling Green State University. He is currently studying under Professor Kevin Schempf and performs in the BGSU Philharmonia and Concert Band. Additionally, Justin is a part of a trio with other Class of 2025 Hansen Fellows- Abigail Petersen and Joshua Lyphout. During his high school years, Justin was a member of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra and Stambaugh Youth Concert Band, where he served as Principal Clarinet. In the spring of 2021, Justin was selected to perform a Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No.1 with the Stambaugh Youth Concert Band as a winner of the concerto competition. Justin has had previous masterclass and lesson experience with Dr. Tiffany Valvo, Ixi Chen and Ralph Skiano. Justin Brown hopes to attend graduate school upon completion of his Bachelor’s Degree and perform in an orchestra or military band.
Joshua Lyphout is a cellist majoring in Music Performance at Bowling Green State University studying under Dr. Brian Snow (BM expected Spring ‘25). In highschool, Joshua performed with the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra as Assistant Principal, the University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and 2020 Ohio All-State Orchestra, received multiple commissions for his compositions, and worked as a regularly gigging musician. He also has performed in multiple recitals and is an alumna of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Masterworks Orchestra. Joshua has tutored college level music theory and worked directly under Cleveland Institute of Music professor Dr. Samuel Bivens, teaching classes, working on scholarly theory, and discussing contemporary topics during an internship in April 2021. At BGSU Joshua performs with the Philharmonia, Early Music Ensemble, as well as in a piano trio with fellow Hansen Fellows, Abigail Peterson and Justin Brown. After graduating, he plans on attending graduate school for Music Theory and Ethnomusicology to be a researcher and a professor.