College of Musical Arts schedules June workshops

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts will host three June workshops: Conducting and Rehearsing for Better Bands on June 5-7; Piano Pedagogy on June 16-18, and Talent Development on June 23-27.

“Conducting and Rehearsing for Better Bands” features guest clinician Dan Presgrave, a frequent adjudicator, guest conductor and band clinician on the national music scene. A music faculty member at Washington University since 1972, he teaches instrumental conducting and is the music director/conductor for the Washington University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. He is also music director/conductor of the Mighty Mississippi Concert Band of St. Louis and the St. Louis Wind Symphony.

Participants will work in a large ensemble setting and receive individual feedback from Presgrave and BGSU band faculty members. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Thompson, assistant professor of music education, at 419-372-8104 or e-mail thomken@bgsu.edu.

The Piano Pedagogy workshop features Cynthia Benson, associate professor of music education. Other clinicians include Dennis Alexander, Carolyn Miller, Lori Rhoden and Bradley Sowash.

Alexander is a popular clinician and composer of piano teaching repertoire. Miller is a longtime piano instructor and has composed music for piano students in more than 35 books. Rhoden is coordinator of piano pedagogy at Ball State University, and Sowash is an accomplished composer and jazz educator.

The sessions will include recitals, master classes and teaching strategies.

The cost of the entire workshop is $120 or $50 per day if registered before June 9. On-site registration is $150 for the entire workshop or $60 per day. For more information, contact Benson at 419-372-2629 or e-mail cbenson@bgsu.edu.

The Talent Development workshop, to be held in 2004 Moore Musical Arts Center, will include lectures and master classes along with supervised practice and teaching. Vasile Beluska, a professor of violin, will discuss such topics as “What is talent?” and “Can it be developed?” during lecture sessions.

Open to all levels of string educators, the workshop is limited to less than eight participants. The five-day program costs $200. For more information, contact Beluska at beluska@bgsu.edu or 419-372-2093.

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(Posted April 10, 2008 )