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.
Gene Waldron III will be graduating from Bowling Green State University in Spring 2021 with his bachelor's in music performance. During his time at BGSU, he has studied violin with Dr. Penny Thompson-Kruse and double bass with Professor Robert Rohwer. He has performed in the BGSU Philharmonic, Wind Symphony, New Music Ensemble, jazz combos, and chamber ensembles. During his first summer of the Hansen Fellowship, he traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia to study violin at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute and the University of British Columbia Chamber Orchestra Festival. The summer of 2020 was a unique time as camps and festivals halted activities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Gene used this period to research graduate schools and prepare for auditions the following fall. He won a spot in the BGSU String Showcase on both violin and bass during the fall of 2020 and applied to graduate programs for double bass to continue his exploration of music.
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.
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 Felloswhip, 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.