Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway
Conservatory of Music Concerts & Events
Boesel Musical Arts Center
(440) 826-8078

The BW Conservatory is now Live Streaming selected concerts.  Visit the live-streaming web page to see the schedule as well as instructions on enjoying a live-streamed BW event.  Concerts below denoted with an asterisk are being live streamed.

Concerts and Events

All events take place in Fanny Nast Gamble Auditorium, and are free, unless otherwise noted.  Other possible venues include:

  • Fanny Nast Gamble Auditorium; Chamber Hall; Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front Street
  • Fynette Kulas Music Hall; Kadel Family Vocal Music Hall; Boesel Musical Arts Center, 49 Seminary Street
  • Kleist Center for Art and Drama, John Patrick Theatre and William Allman Theatre, 95 East Bagley Road
  • The United Methodist Church of Berea, 170 Seminary Street
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 50 East Bagley Road

Driving Directions to the Conservatory of Music 

The BW Listings Line: (440) 826-2330 provides a recorded listing of all that is happening weekly on campus.




Spring 2014

(All events take place in Gamble Auditorium, and are free,
unless otherwise noted)



4/1/14 7:00pm

Faculty Recital: Benjamin Czarnota, baritone (Chamber Hall)



St. Thomas Noontime Recital (St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 50 E. Bagley Rd., Berea)

4/2/14 6:00pm

Musical Theatre Senior Showcase

A 30-minute revue prior to their New York City performance for agents.

4/2/14 8:30pm

Student Recital: Jesse Hodgson, trumpet, with William Shaffer, piano

4/4/14 & 4/5/14 7:00pm

Spring Opera Showcase (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

Benjamin Wayne Smith, director

Come and enjoy favorites from the Italian, German and French opera traditions.  Performed with piano and minimal sets and costumes, these scenes showcase beautiful singing and compelling performances by our talented vocal performance majors.

Also, on April 5th, after the Spring Opera Showcase, stick around for the Freshman Spotlight!  After the Saturday performance of the Spring Opera Showcase, our freshman class brings you a short, action-packed cabaret of songs and arias.  Don't miss this festive end to the opera season.

4/4/14 8:00pm

Percussion Ensemble Concert: Josh Ryan, conductor

The BW Percussion Ensemble explores contemporary works for percussion and marimba.

4/5/14 1:00pm

Student Recital: Sarah Rice, harp (Chamber Hall)

4/5/14 3:00pm

Student Recital: Caroline Stephenson, violin (Chamber Hall)

4/5/14 5:00pm

Student Recital: Katherine Haig, cello (Chamber Hall)

4/5/14 6:00pm

Student Recital: Ian Woodworth, oboe

4/5/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Audrey Zybura, flute, with Rei Sakurai and Jaclyn Ford, piano (Chamber Hall)

4/5/14 8:00pm

Lyceum²: Julian Ross, violin, and Robert Mayerovitch, piano, with special guest, Daniel McKelway, clarinet

"All American Program"
Ives: Second Sonata
Freund: "Triomusic"
Copland: Sonata

4/6/14 3:00pm

Student Recital: Julia Frameli, alto saxophone, with Denella Sing, piano (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

4/6/14 5:00pm

Student Recital: Liam Sleggs, trumpet (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

4/6/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Erica Moffatté, soprano, and Sarah Nadler, soprano, with Denella Sing & Jason Aquila (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

4/7/14 3:10pm

Conservatory Convocation Recital

Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

4/7/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Katie Staskus, soprano, with Jason Aquila, piano (Chamber Hall)

4/8/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Keri René Fuller, mezzo-soprano, and Michael Ryan, tenor, with Jason Aquila & Sara Smith, piano (Chamber Hall)

4/10/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Kyle Jean-Baptiste, baritenor, and Brandyn Day, baritenor, with Jason Aquila & Mark Graham, piano (Chamber Hall)

4/11/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Alexa Campbell, soprano, with Sara Smith, piano (Kadel Family Vocal Music Hall)

4/11/14 8:00pm

Jazz Ensemble Concert: Greg Banaszak, director (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

LOCATION CHANGED: This concert will occur in Fynette Kulas Music Hall, not Gamble Auditorium.

With guest artist Mike DiRubbo, alto saxophonist/composer, Positone Recording Artist, President of Ksanti Records.

4/12/14 11:00am

Conservatory Outreach: Triple Threat Music Theatre Informance: Lisa Ortenzi, artistic director and acting instructor, Joel McDaniel, vocal instructor, Carli Taylor-Miluk, dance instructor

4/12/14 4:00pm

Student Recital: Jacqueline Stansbury, piano

4/12/14 6:00pm

Student Recital: Megan Sullivan, violin (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

4/12/14 8:00pm

Symphonic Band Concert: Vincent Danner, conductor

4/13/14 11:00am

Student Recital: Rina Sugawara, clarinet, with Rei Sakurai, piano (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

4/13/14 5:00pm

Student Recital: Caitlin Hedge, violin (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

4/13/14 6:00pm

BW Women's Choir Concert: Robert Vance, conductor


4/13/14 7:00pm

Faculty Recital: Jack Sutte, trumpet, Jesse McCormick, horn, and Richard Stout, trombone (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

4/13/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Sarah Cole, violin (Chamber Hall)

4/16/14 2:00pm

Student Recital: Trevor Ward, bassoon, with Debra Comodeca, piano (Chamber Hall)

4/16/14 8:00pm

New Music Series: Concert III


Under the direction of Composer-in-Residence Clint Needham*, composition majors present original works performed by BW student musicians.

*BW Composer-in-Residence and alumnus, Clint Needham '04, is among 20 writers, dancers, musicians, performers or playwrights in Cuyahoga County to win the prestigious Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC) Creative Workforce Fellowship for 2014.

4/17/14 3:10pm

Conservatory Convocation Recital

4/25/14 through 4/27/14  

82nd Annual Bach Festival

For a complete listing of events, tickets and information, call 440-826-8078 or click here.


Murder Ballad ($) (Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115)

4/25 at 7:30 p.m.
4/26 at 5:00 & 8:30 p.m.
4/27 at 7:00 p.m.

A love triangle gone wrong, Murder Ballad centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her.  Direct from a sold-out run at Manhattan Theatre Club's Studio at Stage II, this sexy, explosive, new rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us.  Mature themes, not suitable for children.  Performed by BW Music Theatre students at Playhouse Square.

For tickets, call 216-241-6000

4/27/14 4:00pm

Student Recital: Sarah Powley, percussion

4/30/14 8:00pm

BW Jazztet Student Composition Concert: Greg Banaszak, director

Featuring the music of Gentilcore, Hyzy, Sharma, Benders and others.






Conservatory Honors Recital

5/2/14 8:00pm

Symphony Orchestra & Symphonic Wind Ensemble Light Classics Benefit Concert ($): Dwight Oltman, conductor

Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Oltman Family Instrumental Prize.  Tickets $20 for adults/$5 for students.  Ticket ordering information available March 3rd.

Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Berlioz: March to the Scaffold

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Ellerby: Paris Sketches
Bernstein: Selections from Westside Story
Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever

5/3/14 3:30pm

Alumni Winds and Orchestra Reading Session with Maestro Dwight Oltman

Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Registration by February 1
For more information click here.

5/3/14 6:00pm

Student Recital: Joseph Zeigler, baritone, with Jason Aquila, piano (Kadel Family Vocal Music Hall)

5/3/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Lauren Alger, piano (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

5/3/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Bradley Stone, guitar (Chamber Hall)

5/3/14 8:00pm

Percussion Ensemble Concert: Josh Ryan, director (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

5/3/14 10:00pm

Student Recital: Jeff Larch & Michael Taylor, percussion

5/4/14 2:00pm

Musical Theatre Freshman Showcase (John Patrick Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama)

Freshmen perform musical highlights from duet class and solo material.

5/4/14 4:00pm

Conservatory Outreach: Men's Chorus Concert ($): Frank Bianchi, conductor

5/4/14 5:00pm

Student Recital: Katherine Butcher, soprano, with Jason Aquila, piano (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

5/4/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Jordan Hamilton, cello (Chamber Hall)

5/4/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Justin Caithaml, baritone, with Zarina Melik-Stepanova, piano (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

5/4/14 8:00pm

Student Recital: Cory Svette, tenor, with Debra Comodeca, piano

5/5/14 5:00pm

Student Recital: Zachary Albrecht, composition (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

5/5/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Hayden Forsythe, clarinet (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

5/5/14 7:00pm

Musical Theatre @ Nighttown ($) (Nighttown Jazz Club & Restaurant, 12383 Cedar Rd., Cleveland)

Performing together for the last time before they hit New York, watch the seniors' sizzling Showcase right alongside classic standards performed by the sophomores!

Call 216-795-0550 for reservations.

5/6/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Andrea Snitzer, mezzo-soprano, and Nicholas Wilders, tenor, with Jason Aquila & Zarina Melik-Stepanova, piano (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

5/7/14 5:00pm

Student Recital: Jaclyn Ford, piano (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

5/7/14 7:00pm

Student Recital: Salena Williams, soprano, with Jason Aquila, piano (Fynette Kulas Music Hall)

5/7/14 7:00pm

Conservatory Outreach: New Horizons Bands Concert: Laura Joss & Herbert Marshall, directors

5/8/14 7:00pm

Conservatory Outreach: New Horizons Strings & Orchestra Concert: Peggie Willett & Hillery Needham, directors



Conservatory Outreach: Honors Chorale & Junior Youth Honors Wind Ensemble Concert: Robert Vance & Laura Joss, directors

5/11/14 2:00pm & 4:00pm

Conservatory Outreach: Youth Orchestra String Ensemble and String Orchestra & Junior and Senior Youth Orchestras: Dianna Richardson & Rand Laycock, directors  

5/17/14 3:00pm

Conservatory Outreach: Suzuki Graduation Recital: Corrie Anne Riberdy, director

5/19/14 through 5/24/14 TBA

Art Song Festival ($)

The Art Song Festival brings world-renowned concert artists to BW to enable talented young singers and pianists to work on an intensive level with the guest artists.  This year's  scheduled guest artists are British soprano Joan Rodgers with British pianist Roger Vignoles and American baritone Andrew Garland with American pianist Warren Jones.

Performances: ($)

Tuesday, May 20, 8:00 p.m.
Joan Rodgers, soprano
Roger Vignoles, piano

Thursday, May 22, 3:00 p.m.
Lecture: Pierre van der Westhuizen
Executive Director, Cleveland International Piano Competition

Thursday, May 22, 8:00 p.m.
Andrew Garland, baritone
Warren Jones, piano

Saturday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Festival Teams 


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