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.

Brian Smith, Guest Artist

Brian Smith is a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). Prior to joining the ISO, he was a member of the Virginia Symphony (1997-2000), and the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony (2002-2008). He has also performed with the National Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Haddonfield (NJ) Symphony, the Reading (PA) Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Date

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time

All Day

Location

Hahn and Sursa Halls

Schedule of Events

12-1:15 p.m. Solo Repertoire Class
1:30-2:45 p.m. Orchestral Repertoire Class
3-3:30 p.m. Q&A Session
4 p.m. Recital

Questions?

Contact Joel Braun

Patricia Rogers, Guest Artist

 Join Patricia Rogers, retired principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Ball State bassoon professor Keith Sweger for a day of master classes, workshops, and performances. Rogers is in great demand as a woodwind coach and conductor, and served on the faculties of the Mannes School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Bard College, and The Juilliard School. Learn more.

Date

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Location

Music Instruction Building (MIB)

Schedule of Events

12-12:30 p.m. Registration in the first floor lobby of MIB
12:30-2 p.m. Master Class with Patricia Rogers
2:15-3 p.m. Bassoon Care/Maintenance with Paul Nordby
3-3:30 p.m. Audition Prep with Patricia Rodgers and Keith Sweger
3:30-5 p.m. Master Class with Patricia Rogers
5-5:30 p.m. Q&A
5:30 p.m. Recital

Register for the Event

QUESTIONS?

Contact Keith Sweger

J. Lawrie Bloom, Guest Artist

Join clarinet professor Elizabeth Crawford and Chicago Symphony Orchestra bass clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom for a full day of clinics, recitals, and master classes. Bloom is a Buffet Crampon Artist and is a senior lecturer at Northwestern University. A founding member of the chamber group Civitas Ensemble, Bloom also serves as clarinetist and artistic co-director at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival and as co-director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition. Learn more.

Date

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Time

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location

Sursa Hall

Schedule of Events 

9-9:30 a.m. Registration in Mueller Lobby
9:30-10:30 a.m. Clarinet Choir Reading Session in Sursa Hall
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Vendors open in MI-152
10:45-11:45 a.m.
 Yoga for Clarinetists with Elizabeth Crawford, RYT in Mueller Lobby
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Guest Artist Recital with Lawrie Bloom
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4 p.m. Guest Artist Master Class in Sursa Hall

Questions?

Contact Elizabeth Crawford

Patricia Nagle, Guest Artist

Join flute professor Mihoko Watanabe and Paris-based flutist Patricia Nagle for a day filled with flute choir readings, clinics, master classes, and performances. Nagle currently serves on faculty at École Normale de Musique in Paris and has performed and recorded under the direction of many illustrious conductors. A fun and educational event, Flute Day is geared toward flute enthusiasts of all ages.

Date

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Time

All-Day

Location

Hahn and Sursa Halls

Schedule of Events 

8:30 a.m.   Registration and Check-in (Sursa Hall Lobby)

8:50-9:50 a.m.   Flute Choir Reading (Sursa Hall)
Join us in a low-pressure sight-reading session of wonderful flute choir music with a warm-up!

10 a.m.-12 p.m.   Patricia Nagle Flute Master Class (Sursa Hall)
Members of the BSU flute studio will perform a variety of pieces and Ms. Nagle will provide feedback. Come and learn some new ideas!

12-2 p.m. Lunch and Visit (MI-152)
Our wonderful vendors will display flutes, music, and accessories.

1-2:50 p.m. Q & A with Patricia Nagle (Hahn Hall)
Ask anything you want to know about the flute, performing, a professional career, and more.

3-3:50 p.m. Open Clinic with Mihoko Watanabe (Hahn Hall)
Anyone is welcome to play for Dr. Watanabe. Play a scale, etude, or a piece of your choice. Bring your flutes and your questions!

4-4:50 p.m.   Ball State Student Showcase with Flute Choir Performance (Hahn Hall)
Members of the BSU flute studio and BSU flute choir will perform a variety of works. The performance will also feature one of the flute choir pieces we practiced in the morning!

5:30-6:30 p.m. Guest Artist Recital: Patricia Nagle, flute with Cara Chowning (Sursa Hall)
Come listen to a free recital of wonderful French music!

Questions?

Contact Mihoko Watanabe

Howard Levy, Guest Artist

 Multiple Grammy-Award winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, and producer. His musical travels have taken him all over the world. Levy is perhaps best known as a founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The 2nd Annual Jazz Rhythm Section Day will feature a master class, Q&A session, and performance by internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy. The day will also include a master class, performance, and one-on-one time with School of Music jazz faculty members Scott Routenberg (piano), Joel Tucker (guitar), Nick Tucker (bass) and Cassius Goens III (drums). Learn more.

Date

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Time

11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Location

Hahn Hall

Schedule of Events

TBA

Questions?

Contact Scott Routenberg

Sherry Sylar, Guest Artist

Join oboe professor Lisa Kozenko and New York Philharmonic acting principal oboist Sherry Sylar for a day filled with master classes, mock auditions and feedback, oboe ensembles, practice tips, and a meet and greet with Sylar. A sought-after performer and educator, Sylar also serves on the faculty at Mannes School of Music in New York City. Learn more.

Date

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Time

12-8 p.m.

Location

Hahn Hall

Schedule of Events

12-12:15 p.m. Warm it Up!
12:15-3 p.m. Oboe Master Class with Sherry Sylar
3-3:15 p.m. Visit the Ball State Reed Room & Short Break
3:15-3:45 p.m. Inside the Reed Room: Sherry Sylar & Dr. Kozenko
3:45-5:15 p.m. Oboe Master Class II: The Orchestral Oboist
5:15-5:45 p.m. Meet and Greet with Sherry Sylar
5:45-6:30 p.m. PLAY! Chamber Music & Double Reed Ensemble
6:30-8 p.m. Oboe Reed Making Workshop

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT

Questions?

Contact Lisa Kozenko

In celebration of the 22nd anniversary of Ball State's annual Saxtemberfest, Nathan Bogert brings two world-renowned artists to campus in mid-September.

Stephen Page, Guest Artist

Master Class: September 15 | Noon | Sursa Hall
Recital: September 15 | 5:30 p.m. | Sursa Hall

Jaleel Shaw, Guest Artist

Master Class: September 19 | 4 p.m. | Hahn Hall
Recital: September 20 | 5:30 p.m. | Hahn Hall 

Questions?

Contact Nathan Bogert

Jim Pugh, Guest Artist

Join Assistant Professor of Trombone Chris Van Hof and guest artist Jim Pugh for a day of learning and music making. Pugh is a distinguished trombonist, composer, and educator, and is professor of jazz performance (trombone and composition/arranging) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Learn more.

Date

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time

8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Location

Sursa Hall

Schedule of Events 

TBA

Questions?

Contact Chris Van Hof 

Rex Richardson, Guest Artist

Join newly appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet Stephen Campbell and guest artist Rex Richardson for two days of workshops, master classes, and performances. Richardson is aYamaha Performing Artist and a preeminent headline artist at international brass and jazz festivals. He is also a frequent soloist with a multitude of orchestras, concert bands, brass bands, and jazz ensembles on five continents. Learn more.

Dates

Friday, February 1 & Saturday, February 2, 2019

Times

TBA

LOCATION

Music Instruction Building

Schedule of Events

TBA

QUESTIONS?

Contact Stephen Campbell