Pro Musica to host 10th annual Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition

BOWLING GREEN, O.–Pro Musica will host the 10th annual Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition on March 19 and March 20 at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts.

The preliminary round will held on March 19 with the undergraduate division beginning at 10 a.m. and the graduate division at 1:30 p.m. The final round is at 3 p.m. March 20. All events are in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center on the Bowling Green campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Judges for the preliminary rounds are pianist Garik Pedersen from Eastern Michigan University, saxophonist Henning Schroeder from Ohio Northern University, and Randall Hawes, bass trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Final-round judges will be pianist Christina Dahl from Stony Brook University, flutist George Pope from the University of Akron, and cellist Anthony Elliott from the University of Michigan.

Founded in 2007 as the Bowling Green Chamber Music Competition by BGSU faculty member and alumnus Douglas Wayland, the competition was renamed the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition in 2013 in honor of Wayland, who passed away that fall. Wayland served as coordinator of the annual event until his death.

BGSU faculty members Dr. Conor Nelson, associate professor of flute, and Dr. Susan Nelson, assistant professor of bassoon, serve as co-coordinators.

The public will have three opportunities to hear the competition winners in performance, beginning March 22. There will be a free, 7:30 p.m. performance at the Manor House in Wildwood Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave., in Toledo.

Listeners to WGTE-FM may hear the winners at 10 a.m. April 1, with host Brad Cresswell. If the performers are available, this will be a live performance. If not, it will be pre-recorded.

They will also play at 3 p.m. April 3 in the Great Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St.,Toledo. Admission is free.

For over 30 years Pro Musica, funded by nearly 300 alumni, friends, parents and members of the Bowling Green community, has sponsored a wide variety of musical events and provided financial support to music students for educational travel projects. In addition, the organization provides funding for scholarships and various awards at the college.