Vocal coach and acclaimed pianist to visit BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts will host nationally heralded coach, accompanist and conductor Ken Merrill on March 3 and 4. Merrill, a guest of the McMaster Endowed Professorship in Vocal and Choral Studies, will coach student voice and piano duos and encourage young artists.

Merrill is a faculty member at the Juilliard School Vocal Arts Department and Manhattan School of Music where he teaches song repertoire, accompanying, and opera ensemble. He has also served as a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and a visiting artist/teacher with the New National Theatre of Tokyo Young Artist Program.

In association with Houston Grand Opera, he assisted in the musical preparation for Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role. He also played continuo in that performance.

Helen and the late Harold McMaster established the endowed professorship that bears their name in spring 2000. Helen McMaster, a long-time Perrysburg resident, has supported the arts at BGSU for many years. She and her husband also made donations to programs in business, science and the Center for Photochemical Sciences. Professors in the vocal, choral or opera area may nominate potential guests for this endowed professorship.

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(Posted February 24, 2011 )