Prospective students and community members 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 unless otherwise noted.

Guest Artist

Andrew Brady joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as principal bassoon in 2016 after serving as principal bassoon with the Louisiana Philharmonic. An active soloist, Mr. Brady has performed concertos by Mozart, Weber, and Zwilich with the Southeast Symphony, the Los Angeles Doctor’s Symphony, and The Colburn Orchestra, respectively. Enthusiastically involved in music education, he has worked as a teaching artist with the Harmony Project’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles program. Mr. Brady has appeared with the Los Angeles Opera Company orchestra, and recently with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall and abroad on European tours.

Date

Sunday, October 31, 2021

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Schedule

To be announced.

Location

Music Instruction Building

Questions?

Contact bassoon professor Keith Sweger.

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About

Come learn about composing, the art and skill of creating music. This event will be led by Ball State composition faculty with opportunities to meet current composition students. The day will also include an introduction to Ball State’s music composition degree and course offerings.

Date

Saturday, November 13, 2021

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Schedule

To be announced.

Location

Hargreaves Music Building

Questions?

Contact music composition professor Amelia Kaplan

Guest Artists

Caroline Kim is a prize-winning Canadian cellist and principal of the Ann Arbor Symphony. She received her DMA from the University of Michigan and her BM/MM from the Juilliard School. Learn more on her Ann Arbor Symphony bio.

Richard Aaron is a distinguished pedagogue and is on faculty at the Juilliard School and the University of Michigan. Learn more about him on his website.

Date

Saturday, October 2, 2021

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Schedule*

  • 10:45 a.m. – Faculty concert
  • 11:30 a.m. – Cello Ensemble rehearsal
  • 12.15 p.m. – Lunch break
  • 12.45 p.m. – Master class with Caroline Kim
  • 1.45 p.m. – Presentation: Building Your Practice Routine
  • 2.30 p.m. – Zoom master class with Richard Aaron
  • 3.30 – Break
  • 4pm – Cello Ensemble performances

*subject to change

Location

Music Instruction Building

Questions?

Contact cello professor Peter Opie.

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Guest Artist

James Campbell has been called “Canada’s pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist”, by the Toronto Star. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in over 35 countries with over 65 orchestras including the Boston Pops, Montreal Symphony, and the London Symphony. He has collaborated with Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland and toured with over 40 string quartets, including the Guarneri, Amadeus, and Vermeer. Of his over 50 recordings, the BBC and The Times of London rated his recording of Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet as the best available, while his CD Stolen Gems (Marquis Records) won a Canadian Juno Award. Mr. Campbell was professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 1988 to 2019, and continues to give master classes throughout the world.

Date

Saturday, October 30, 2021

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Schedule

9:00 a.m. Registration / Check-In
9:30 a.m. Recital with Elizabeth Crawford
10:00 a.m. All-State Band Excerpts Master Class
11:00 a.m. Guest Artist Recital with James Campbell
(Lunch break)
1:30 p.m. Master Class with James Campbell

*subject to change

Location

Music Instruction Building

Questions?

Contact clarinet professor Elizabeth Crawford.

Guest Artist

Sharon Sparrow is a well known performer and author in the flute world. Besides serving as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s tenured assistant principal flutist, she travels extensively giving seminars on her book, 6 Weeks to Finals, the Complete Guide to Audition Success, winner of the 2017 NFA best new publications award. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, Ms. Sparrow had the privilege to study with Julius Baker, Thomas Nyfenger, and Geoffrey Gilbert. Sharon can be seen and heard all over the world in Live from Orchestra Hall broadcasts of the Detroit Symphony. Her audition seminars have been presented at Peabody Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Interlochen Academy, Michigan State University, UT Austin, and many other Universities across the country. Ms. Sparrow is an instructor of flute at both Wayne State University and Oakland University in Detroit.

Date

Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Schedule

  • 9:30-10:25 a.m. Mindful Warm-Up Session
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ms. Sharon Sparrow Flute Masterclass
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch/Visit Exhibitor
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. Q&A with Guest Artist
  • 2:40-3:40 p.m. Open Clinic w/Dr. Watanabe
  • 4-5 p.m. Guest Artist Recital

Location

Music Instruction Building

Questions?

Contact flute professor Mihoko Watanabe.

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Guest Artist

Sherry Sylar has been associate principal oboe of the New York Philharmonic since 1984. She served as acting principal three of those years. She has also performed as guest principal oboe with Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Ms. Sylar was one of eight Philharmonic musicians chosen to perform in an international orchestra, led by Leonard Bernstein, representing the United States as part of the Berlin Celebration Concerts to hail the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, during the Christmas season in 1989. In July of 2019, Ms. Sylar performed the Pablo Furman Oboe Concerto, a concerto written for her, at the IDRS Tampa Convention. Sherry Sylar is currently on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College in New York City. She is also an affiliate teacher with the Shanghai Orchestral Academy.

Date

Sunday, November 21, 2021

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Schedule

Noon–12:15 p.m. Warm Up! with Dr. Kozenko and the Ball State Oboe Studio
12:15–12:45 p.m. PLAY TOGETHER! The Importance of Recording Yourself
12:45–3 p.m. Oboe Master Class I with Sherry Sylar
3:15–3:45 p.m. College Choices: Develop a Strategy that Includes Your Oboe
3:45–5:15 p.m. Oboe Master Class II with Sherry Sylar
5:15–5:45 p.m. Oboe Pen Pal Q&A with Sherry Sylar
5:45–6:30 p.m. Roundtable: The Oboe Audition, Preparation & Reflection
6:30–8 p.m. Oboe Reed Making & Critique with the Ball State Oboe Studio

*subject to change

Location

Hahn Recital Hall

Questions?

Contact oboe professor Lisa Kozenko.

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Guest Artist

Christine Purdue Jones is a trombonist with the Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. In addition to her trombone performance duties, Sergeant Jones serves as an Auxiliary Drum Major and NCOIC of Unit Social Media. Sergeant Jones holds degrees from Stetson University, The Juilliard School, and the University of Miami. Her primary teachers include Joe Alessi, Tim Conner, and David Schmidt, and additional studies with Jeff Dee and Pete Ellefson. During her doctoral studies, Sgt. Jones also studied conducting with Gary Green. Prior to joining the Air Force, Jones was Second/Assistant Principal Trombone with Florida Grand Opera and the Palm Beach Symphony. She has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony and the Palm Beach Opera, among others.

Date

Saturday, February 19, 2022

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Schedule of Events

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration (Sursa Hall's Mueller lobby)
  • 8:30 a.m. Group Warm-up with Chris Van Hof
  • 9:15 a.m. Mass Ensemble reading session
  • 9:45 a.m. Morning Break
  • 10:00 a.m. Ball State Student/Faculty Showcase Recital
  • 11:00 a.m. Pre-College Master Class with Chris Van Hof
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch, visit Expo Hall, Trombone Quartet Reading Zones
  • 1:30 p.m. Christine Jones Master Class featuring Ball State Studio members
  • 3:00 p.m. Mass Ensemble Rehearsal
  • 3:30 p.m. Dr. Van Hof Clinic: “Healthy Brass Playing for Marching Band Season”
  • 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Break, visit Expo Hall, Trombone Quartet Reading Zones
  • 5:00 p.m. Christine Jones Solo Recital
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Final Concert featuring Cardinal Trombone Ensembles, Christine Jones, and the TD4 Mass Ensemble

Participation Fee

$10

Location

Music Instruction Building 

Questions?

Contact trombone professor Chris Van Hof.

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Guest Artist

Justin Stamps is a trumpeter with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. He holds degrees from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts & the University of North Carolina- Greensboro & has completed doctoral coursework at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His primary teachers include Mark Ridenour (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) & Phil Collins (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra). Additionally, he has worked with Marie Speziale and Adolph "Bud" Herseth. Prior to joining the United States Air Force in 2014, SSgt Stamps was assistant principal trumpet of the Boise Philharmonic and a member of the Boise Philharmonic Brass Quintet from 2008-2014. He was also an adjunct professor at Boise State University & a member of the Boise State Faculty Brass Quintet.

Date

Sunday, April 24, 2022

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Schedule of Events

  • 11 a.m. | "Clarity Through the Noise" class with Dr. Campbell
  • Noon | Lunch (on your own)
  • 1 p.m. | Recital
  • 3 p.m. | Panel Discussion
  • 4 p.m. | Time with vendors
  • 7:30 p.m. | Ball State "Wrecking Crew" Trumpet Ensembles Concert

Location

Music Instruction Building 

Questions?

Contact trumpet professor Stephen Campbell.

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