High School musicians are invited to attend the School of Music’s Feature Days where you can work with our faculty, guest artists, and current students in a series of master classes, recitals, and workshops. Each Feature Day is tailored to a specific instrument and takes place in our state-of-the-art performance venues. Feature days are free and open to the public.

Rion Wentworth, Guest Artist

Double bassist Rion Wentworth joined the bass section of the New York Philharmonic in May 2016. Before his appointment at the Philharmonic, Wentworth worked extensively in New York City as a freelance musician and performed with the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony. He served as a faculty member and assistant principal bass of the Eastern Music Festival for two years and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division, where he has taught since 2012.

Join double bass professor Joel Braun, jazz bass professor Nick Tucker, and guest artist Rion Wentworth. Additional guests include Phillip Serna, instructor of double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University, and the Cincinnati Bass Cellar, the midwest's premiere full-service bass specialists.

Date

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Time

10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Location

Hahn and Sursa Halls

Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m.   Warm-up and Bass Choir Rehearsal (Joel Braun)
12 p.m.   Historically Informed Performance Master Class (Phillip Serna)
1 p.m.   LUNCH BREAK
2 p.m.   Instrument Upkeep Workshop/Q & A (Cincinnati Bass Cellar)
3 p.m.   Jazz Master Class (Nick Tucker)
4 p.m.   Classical Master Class (Rion Wentworth)
5:30 p.m.   CONCERT (featuring Bass Choir, faculty and guest artists)


Questions?

Contact Joel Braun

Guest Artists William Buchman, Jim Poe, and Paul Nordby

  Join William Buchman, assistant principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Ball State bassoon Professor Keith Sweger for a day of master classes, workshops, and performances.  Paul Nordby, owner of Paul Nordby Bassoon Repair, and reed specialist Jim Poe will also be on campus for the day. Learn more.

Dates

Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 2017

Location

Music Instruction Building (MIB)

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 22
6-9 p.m.   Reed Making with Jim Poe (MIB-152)

Saturday, September 23
9 a.m. -12 p.m.
  Reed Making with Jim Poe (MIB-152)
12-1 p.m.   Lunch Break
1-5 p.m.   Master Classes and Discussions with William Buchman, Paul Nordby, and Keith Sweger (Hahn Hall)
5 p.m.   Recital with William Buchman and Keith Sweger (Hahn Hall)

Register for the Event


QUESTIONS?

Contact Keith Sweger

Benjamin Freimuth, Guest Artist

Benjamin Freimuth has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony, Utah Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. He is an adjunct assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and acting associate principal of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Join clarinet professor Elizabeth Crawford and Benjamin Freimuth for a full day of clinics, recitals, and master classes. For the complete day's schedule, please check back in the coming weeks.

Date

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Time

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location

Music Instruction Building

Questions?

Contact Elizabeth Crawford

Learn about music composition, the art and skill of creating music. Breakout sessions will include guided acoustic and electronic composition, listening and discovery sessions, and an introduction to Ball State’s degree and course offerings. Led by Ball State composition faculty, with opportunities to meet current undergraduate and graduate composition students. For a complete schedule of events, please check back in the coming weeks.

Date

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Time

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location

Hahn Hall

Questions?

Contact Jim Rhinehart

Bonita Boyd, Guest Artist

Bonita Boyd is professor of flute at the Eastman School of Music and an active concert soloist throughout the world. She began her professional career at age twenty-one with appointments as principal flutist of the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chautauqua Symphony, making her the youngest principal flutist in a major U.S. orchestra at that time. She has served as performer and/or artist-teacher at various festivals including Marlboro, Bowdoin, Grand Teton, Johannesen, Eastern, Masterworks, Filarmonica de las Americas, the Hamamatsu Seminar, Aria, Credo, and the Aspen Music Festival. She has been president of the National Flute Association, a 5,000-member worldwide organization of flutists. Ms. Boyd's premieres and recordings of new works include those of Adler, Benson, Rozsa, Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, Sessler, Sierra, and most recently, the National Flute Association’s first performance of Melinda Wagner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Flute Concerto. Her Flute Music of Les Six won a Stereo Review Record of the Year award, and her Paganini Caprice CD was on the final Ballot for a Grammy. Other CDs include the premiere recording of Bernstein's Halil (chamber version) and Quicksilver, the latest CD of the Boyd/Goluses Duo, with guitarist Nicholas Goluses. Bonita has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Flute Association, as well as the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eastman School. Learn more.

Join flute professor Mihoko Watanabe and guest artist Bonita Boyd for full day of flute activities including a master class and recital with Ms. Boyd, a flute choir reading, a flute clinic, Ball State student showcase, and a flute vendor exhibit. Check back for a complete schedule of activities.

Date

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Time

8:15 a.m-7 p.m.

Location

Hahn and Sursa Halls

Questions?

Contact Mihoko Watanabe

Dan Tepfer Trio, Guest Artist

Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions. His 2011 Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the prize-winning pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” (Wall Street Journal) in “an impressive feat that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect” (New York Times). As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall. Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, he is currently working on integrating computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational approach. Awards include first prize and audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association.

The inaugural Ball State University School of Music Jazz Rhythm Section Day will feature a masterclass, performance and Q&A session with award-winning and internationally acclaimed New York City jazz pianist and composer Dan Tepfer and his trio. The trio's new album 11 Cages (Sunnyside Records) was released June 2, 2017.

Jazz Rhythm Section Day will also include a masterclass/performance and one-on-one time with Ball State University School of Music jazz faculty Dr. Scott Routenberg, piano, Joel Tucker, guitar, Nick Tucker, bass and Cassius Goens III, drums. The Scott Routenberg Trio's debut album Every End is a Beginning was released March 10, 2017 on Summit Records.

Date

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time

11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Location

Hahn Hall

Schedule of Events

(subject to change)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Dan Tepfer Trio Rhythm Master Class
12:30-2 p.m.   Lunch Break
2 p.m.   Scott Routenberg Trio with Joel Tucker: Ball State Faculty Rhythm Section Master Class/Performance
3 p.m.   Q&A with Dan Tepfer and trio
4 p.m.   One-on-one with Ball State Jazz Rhythm Section Faculty (Hargreaves Music Building, Room 117)
5:30 p.m.   Dan Tepfer Trio Performance

Register for the Event


Questions?

Contact Scott Routenberg

Alex Klein, Guest Artist

Recognized as one of the world's leading oboists, Grammy-award winning oboist Alex Klein began his professional career at age 11 in his native Brazil. He was Principal Oboe with the Chicago Symphony under Daniel Barenboim until 2004, leaving the position due to the onset of Musician’s Focal Dystonia, but returned to the CSO under Riccardo Muti in 2016 in a continuing effort to suppress the consequences of Dystonia. Klein won the First Prize in the Geneva International Competition, the New York International Oboe Competition and the Fernand Gillet International Oboe Competition, winning top prizes in the Tokyo and also the Prague Spring International Oboe Competitions.

Prepare a piece and bring your oboe! Join oboe professor Lisa Kozenko and guest artist Alex Klein for a full day of master classes, workshops, and mock auditions. You can attend one session or stay the entire day. Klein and Kozenko will lead a Woodwind Solo & Orchestral Excerpt Workshop in the morning on Monday, December 11 that is also free and open to the public. The Monday morning location and time are TBA.

Date

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Time

12-8 p.m.

Location

Hahn Hall

Schedule of Events

(subject to change)

12 p.m.   Warm it Up!
12:30-1:30 p.m.   ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Mock Auditions and Feedback
1:30-2 p.m.   Tune In, Turn On, and Practice with Dr. Lisa Kozenko
2-3 p.m.   PLAY!! Trios, Duets, and Oboe Ensemble
3-5 p.m.   Oboe Master Class I with Alex Klein
5-5:30 p.m.   Meet & Greet with Alex Klein
6:30-8 p.m.   Oboe Master Class II with Alex Klein

Register for the Event


Questions?

Contact Lisa Kozenko

In celebration of the 21st anniversary of Ball State's annual Saxtemberfest, Nathan Bogert brings a diverse group of world-renowned saxophone artists to campus at the end of September.

Bob Eason, Guest Artist

Master Class: September 21 | 5:30 p.m. | Hahn Hall
Recital: September 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Hahn Hall

Timothy McAllister, Guest Artist

Master Class: September 23 | Music Instruction Building, Room 229
Recital: September 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Sursa Hall

Jazz Ensemble Concert and Guest Artist Master Class with Walter Smith

Master Class: September 27 | 11 a.m. | Hargreaves Music Building, Room 117
Concert: September 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Sursa Hall*

*General admission to the Jazz Ensembles Concert is $5; students are free in advance with ID or $5 the door. Tickets are available at the Emens Box Office by calling 765-285-1539.

Questions?

Contact Nathan Bogert

Natalie Mannix, Guest Artist

Natalie Mannix, principal trombonist of the Delaware Symphony, is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and educator. In fall of 2016 she began her current position as Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of North Texas after teaching 8 years at Towson University in Baltimore. Previously, she was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC for over 9 years where she performed with the brass quintet, concert and ceremonial band.

She has appeared as guest artist and clinician at colleges and conferences throughout North America, including the 2016 and 2013 International Trombone Festival, the International Women’s Brass Conference, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the American Trombone Workshop. In addition to frequent performances with the Baltimore Symphony, Natalie has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Opera and Kennedy Center Orchestras, the Washington Trombone Ensemble, the Monarch Brass, Stiletto Brass and several regional orchestras and brass ensembles. A new music advocate, she has commissioned several works for trombone and continues to perform and promote music by emerging composers. Learn more.

Join newly appointed trombone professor Chris Van Hof and guest artist Natalie Mannix for a day and a half of learning and music making. For a complete schedule of events, please check back closer to the event.

Dates

Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018

Times

TBA

Location

Sursa Hall

Questions?

Contact Chris Van Hof

 

Hillary Herndon, Guest Artist

Violist Hillary Herndon has earned a national reputation for her brilliant playing, “sweetly soaring tone” (Time Out New York), creative programming and insightful teaching. She has been heard on NPR and PBS and has collaborated with some of the world’s foremost artists, including Carol Wincenc, James VanDermark and Itzhak Perlman, who described Hillary as “having it all… a gifted teacher and an excellent musician.” Ms. Herndon’s recordings La Viola and American Voices are available on MSR Classics.

Passionate about teaching, Ms. Herndon has published papers in the journals of the American String Teacher and American Viola Society Her recent appearances include performances and master classes at Carnegie Hall, the Sibelius Academy in Finland, Juilliard, Eastman, the University of Michigan, and the International Viola Congress. Ms. Herndon teaches at the Viola Winter Intensive and at the University of Tennessee, where she is the founder of the annual Viola Celebration. Herndon holds degrees from the Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music and serves as President-Elect for the American Viola Society.

Join Dr. Katrin Meidell for a fun-filled day of viola events, with special guest, Hillary Herndon. The day will feature concerts, master classes, a mass Viola Choir, and more! On-site registration is available, but advanced registration is encouraged to get your Viola Choir music ahead of time. A pizza lunch will be available for $10. Join us on Facebook: BSU Viola Day.

Date

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Time

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Location

Hahn and Sursa Halls

Register for the Event


Questions?

Contact Katrin Meidell