The BS Project
Described as a “passionate and gifted soloist” (Libby Larsen - 2015) with “flawless technique and intuitive musicianship” (Craig Kirchhoff - 2016), Dr. Benjamin Cold is currently Professor of Single Reeds at Bemidji State University, where he teaches applied saxophone and clarinet, single-reed techniques, applied world music and instructs woodwind chamber ensembles. As a passionate advocate of new music, he has been involved in the commissions and premieres of dozens of compositions for solo and chamber saxophone, most of which were dedicated to him. His specialty is electroacoustic saxophone, and he works diligently to find creative and unique ways of performing and improvising using live electronics, loop pedals, distortion effects and pre-recorded synthesizer. His work has been performed and recorded on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio, and The Skeptics Guide to theUniverse. Dr. Cold's album, flux-mirror, was released in August 2018.
Dr. Cold completed his D.M.A. in saxophone performance and pedagogy at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where he studied with Eugene Rousseau. There he was a recipient of the prestigious Berneking Fellowship, the Cohen Fellowship and instructed undergraduate and graduate saxophone quartets. Benjamin Cold received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and his M.M. from Kansas State University in saxophone performance and pedagogy. His previous teachers include Anna Wytko, Nancy Mcmillan and Greg Keel.
Benjamin Cold is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist and plays on Selmer Series III saxophones. He is also an E-Rousseau Mouthpieces and Legere Reeds Performing Artist and Clinician.
Susan Miranda, oboist, entrepreneur and founder of Chione Quintet and mothröv, has a vast performance resumé which includes various countries across Europe as well as Sioux City Symphony, Huron Symphony Orchestra, Mankato Symphony, and Winona Symphony Orchestra. Susan’s strengths are many, including business owner, writer, founder of numerous ensemble as well as partner in the creation of Twin Cities Symphony, a new orchestra for emerging professionals.
As an entrepreneur and new music pioneer, Susan has worked to create new, interesting and relevant chamber music opportunities for herself and her colleagues. Chione Quintet performed live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio within it’s first seven months as an ensemble and are current 2018-2019 MPR Class Notes Artists. Revolutionary trio, mothrmöv, explores and embraces the relationship between music and movement.
As a sought out oboe teacher in the Twin Cities, her students have attended honor bands throughout Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin as well as being accepted into the MN All-State Honor Bands and Orchestra. As a clinician and coach, Susan is on faculty at Athena Music and Leadership Camp, ISD 622’s Beginning Band Camp, is the oboe coach for the MN All-State Concert Band and is the Camp Director of quINTENS!VE Chamber Music Camp.
Susan attend Interlochen Arts Academy as a high school senior, where she studied with Daniel Stolper. She holds a Bachelors of Communications and Applied Music Degree from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Basil Reeve. Other principal instructors have included Andréa Banke, Caroline Park, Roger Roe and Jeffrey Paul.
Ben and Susan are both passionate Twin Cities performers and music educators. Last winter they had the opportunity to each perform at a Twin Cities Symphony fundraiser and they were both enamored with each others’ playing. This is where the idea for The BS Project was born. There is not a lot of repertoire for oboe and saxophone. Susan and Ben plan to bring more awareness to the possibilities of this ensemble through the performance of pieces already written for this pairing, performing new works, as well as performing the World Premiere of Little Buffalo by Lynn Blake John.
Call for Scores:
Submission Deadline: April 15, 2019
No Entry Fee
What: Music written for any combination of oboe/saxophone duo
Can include oboe/English horn & soprano/alto/tenor/baritone saxophone
Any style of music with be accepted, we are open to new and different as well as more “traditional” works
We have no designated length - Short pieces as well as multi movement works are welcome
Items to Submit: PDF of Score and Individual Parts, a quality MP3 recording (if available) as well as your personal biography and website link.
Works accompanied by piano will be accepted, but duos will have priority. We are open to works that have been previously performed, but we're especially looking for works that have not been performed.
If you would like to submit a score send to: BSProjectMusic@gmail.com