Completing the Circle

The resources provided on this site are designed for amateur and professional musicians and music educators to serve as a companion piece to Completing the Circle: Considerations for Change in the Performance of Music by Bud Beyer. The videos and documents on this site showcase Professor Beyer’s artistic concepts, enabling teachers and performers to comprehend these concepts and exercises with greater understanding and providing them with a practical and understandable pathway to integrate these concepts into their ensemble rehearsals, their daily teaching, and their artistic work.

“We need opportunities, through the process of artistic development and research, to objectively examine ourselves and our work and what we are communicating to those around us through the arts.”

— Bud Beyer

Introductory Videos:

Dialogue By Music A Conversation with Craig Kirchhoff, Shanti Simon, and Patti Beyer First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band, Op. 28, No. 1 by Gustav Holst, University of Oklahoma Wind Symphony

Video Chapters


“Completing The Circle,” by Bud Beyer

Bud was very deeply honored to work with musicians. So it is with our profound gratitude that we thank all musicians of “Completing the Circle” Tracks 1 and 2: the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in performances of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Gates of Hell and Strauss’s Metamorphosen; Camerata Nordica in performances of Metamorphosen; University of Minnesota Workshops of 2017 and 2018; University of Oklahoma Workshop & Performance of First Suite in E-flat for Military Band by Gustav Holst, and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in performances of Rodin on tour to Gøteborg (Sjostakovitsj Chamber Symphony).

At Grieg Academy of Music, University of Bergen in Norway:

Gro Schibsted Sandvik
Professor Emerita, Grieg Academy, University of Bergen; Former Principal Flute, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Former member of The Bergen Woodwind Quintet
Hilde Haraldsen Sveen
Associate Professor, Grieg Academy, University of Bergen Frode Thorsen, Dean, Faculty of Fine Art, Music & Design; Grieg Academy, University of Bergen
Aslaug Furholt
Assistant Professor, North Western University of Applied Sciences Bjørg Solsvik Àvitsland, Assistant Professor, North Western University of Applied Sciences
Production Staff of Univisjon. Nrk2, “Dialogue by Music”

At Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (Det Norske Kammerorkester) in Oslo, Norway:

Per Erik Kise Larsen
General Manager
Terje Tønnesen
Former Artistic Leader
Maja Grythe
Yoga Instructor
Euishin Kim
Marketing & Information
Annika Leegaard

University of Minnesota:

Emily Threinen
Director of Bands
Craig Kirchhoff
Director of Bands Emeritus
Nicole Radotich
Administrative Assistant
Susan Wagner
Administrative Assistant
Cassie Bechard
Director of Bands, Northwestern University of Saint Paul

University of Oaklahoma

Shanti Simon
Director of Bands
Brian Britt
Director of Athletic Bands, Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts
Michelle Burke
Administrative Assistant

At Chorus America in Chicago, Illinois

David Hayes
Music Director, Mannes Orchestra
Christie McKinney
Associate Director of Member Services, Chorus America


Michael Duffy
University of Minnesota
Jebodiah Eaton
University of Oklahoma
Mitch Norinsky
SureCast, Inc.
Jon Monteverde
Sure Cast, Inc.
Jeremy Strong
StrongHold Music
Ben Scofield

Publishers of Completing the Circle

Alec Harris
Linda Vickers
Martha Chlipala
Bryan Gibson
and Staff of GIA Publications, Inc. (2014)
Hege Gundersen
Tone Margaret Anderssen
and Staff at Universitetsforlaget (2013) – “Sirkelen Sluttes” (Publication translation in Norwegian language)

Special Thanks:

Cynthia Judge
Susan Larkin
Lynn Kelso
Ron Nicholas

Bud Beyer, Professor Emeritus in Theatre, Northwestern University, joined the faculty in 1972 and served as head of the Acting Program until 1989 when he was chosen to chair the Department of Theatre. He stepped down as chair in 2002 and retired from Northwestern in 2008.

Professor Beyer was also Founder and Director of the Northwestern University Mime Company established in 1972, which toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. A member of SAG, AEA, and AFTRA, Bud has professional credits as an actor, director, and theatre manager, and has taught intensive scene study for professional actors in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He has conducted workshops in mime and acting for colleges, universities, and festivals across the United States and published, with Charlotte Lee, Speaking of Theatre, Scott Foresman and Company (1974). He was also featured in The New Generation of Acting Teachers written by Eva Meckler (1988) and Acting Teachers of America, a vital tradition by Ronald Rand and Luigi Scorcia (2007).

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