Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellows

Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellows

These prestigious awards are given to a select number of new graduate students in each academic unit in the College. Funding for up to 32 fellowships over the next eight years has been allocated by the Hixson-Lied Advisory Board. Applications undergo rigorous evaluation by members of the graduate faculty, who look for evidence of outstanding past achievement and the potential for excellence in scholarship and creative activity at the highest level.

  • Awards range from $3,500 to $4,500 in addition to the graduate assistant stipends already provided by the University, creating nationally competitive stipends in the range of approximately $12,000 to $14,000.
  • Individual academic units set additional threshold admissions criteria beyond those that are normally required for graduate assistantships.
  • Awards continue for a maximum of three successive years, renewable annually based on performance and fulfillment of assigned duties. Chairs/Director recommend renewal based on rigorous assessment of the student's performance by the faculty.
  • Students must be pursuing one of the terminal degrees offered by the College, or, in the case of Music Education, the doctoral degree offered in conjunction with College of Education and Human Sciences.

For information about other fellowships (Departmental and University-wide), contact the respective department within the college and the Office of Graduate Studies.

2013-2016

Department of Art and Art History

Kendall Johnson

Kendall Johnson is pursuing his Master in Fine Art in Printmaking from the department of Art and Art History. Kendall received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas State University in December 2012. Most of his work is a combination of multiple processes, including woodblock, monotypes, etchings and digital. Kendall uses these processes to make geometric shapes and line to capture time and change. 

Joyce Taylor

Joyce Taylor is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the Department of Art and Art History.  Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with concentrations in Printmaking and Painting from Houghton College in 2012.  While at Houghton, Taylor spent a year as a Teacher’s Assistant for the introduction to Printmaking courses.  Shortly after graduation, Taylor interned at the Women’s Studio Workshop during 2012 in Rosendale, New York.  A highlight of her internship was teaching serigraphy classes to children from the local high school. Following her internship, Taylor worked as the resident artist during the spring of 2013 at the Cultural Center at Eagle Hill in Hardwick, Massachusetts.  While there she taught serigraphy classes to students with learning disabilities.     

The majority of Taylor’s artwork is done with the silkscreen process of printing.  She explores formal compositions through the use of found imagery and has worked with images found on floors and tables in her past work.  She has a passion for teaching, papermaking, and silkscreen printing and is looking forward to blending these practices throughout graduate school.       

Glenn Korff School of Music

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Nicaulis Alliey

Nicaulis Alliey has performed at the UNESCO Hall and Grande Salle de la Sorbonne (France); Universidad Nacional (Colombia) and other prestigious halls in Venezuela, France, Colombia, and the Caribbean. As soloist, Nicaulis has performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional de Venezuela, Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho and Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo, Orquesta Sinfonica de Lara, Orquesta Sinfonica de Merida, Orquesta Sinfonica “Simon Bolivar” del Tachira, and with conductors Helmut Rilling, Eduardo Rahn, José Luís Castillo, Arnaud Pairier, Eduardo Marturet and Rodolfo Saglimbeni. Nicaulis has performed in recitals with Armand Simon, Alessio Bax, Monique Duphil, Alain Marion, Alan Weiss, Marlon Titre, Luis Quintero, and in popular productions with some of the most prominent Venezuelan musicians.

She received First Prize of the Ville de París –Unanimous- in 1994, and First Prize at the Latin American Flute Competition (Caracas, 2000). She also has been Flute Solo at the Orchestre International de Paris (1994-1995), Assistant Flute at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Lara(1996-1998), Flute Solo at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo (1998-2010). As flutist of La Cuadra Venezolana (since 1998), she has recorded on their two CDs.

Since 2004 she has developed a pedagogical career in flute in her country: Universidad de Los Andes (Faculty), Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira (Visiting Professor), and at the Music School of the Universidad del Zulia (Faculty), where she was appointed Founder Director (2005-2009). Her academic work has won her the Rafael Rincon Gonzalez Award 2011, offered by the Universidad del Zulia. Nicaulis Alliey holds a Maitrise en Musique at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne (1995), Etudes Superieures de Flute(1994) in Flute with M. Raymond Guiot at Hector Berlioz Conservatory (Paris), and the Degree of Profesor Ejecutante at the Escuela de Musica Jose Reyna, in Caracas.

Katie Pacza

Max Stehr

Max Stehr

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Max Stehr is a bassist, pianist and composer who holds a BM in jazz performance and an MM in jazz arranging from William Paterson University of New Jersey. He is a former member of the Erica Seguine Jazz Orchestra, the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. He has premiered works by Peter Jarvis, Du Yun and David Saperstien, and has performed with Kevin Norton, Peter Jarvis, Pete McGuinness, Du Yun, Zhou Yi, Abigail Fischer, T.V. Gopalakrishnan, John Handy, Don Peak, Scott Reeves, Steve Wilson, and Mulgrew Miller. Max worked as a freelance musician in the New York area for 8 years and has performed in Japan, India and Kenya. While in India, he studied with the renowned Carnatic mridangam player and singer T.V. Gopalakrishnan. His time in Kenya was spent studying and documenting the music of the Maasai and Luo tribes through the help of a research grant. In addition to his DMA studies, Max continues to write music and perform regularly in the area.

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Greg Rishoi

2012-2015

Department of Art and Art History

Chadric Devin

Chadric Devin

Chadric Devin is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Department of Art and Art History. Devin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Northwest Missouri State University, where he was also hired as an adjunct instructor shortly after graduating. He has had various solo shows throughout Missouri, including Kansas City, and has had work in national and international exhibitions from Santa Monica, Calif., to Kashmir, India.

The majority of his artwork is done through traditional darkroom practices, such as processing and printing 35mm and medium format film. Throughout graduate school, Devin will be focusing on combining digital media with historical and alternative photographic processes along with organizing and curating his own exhibitions.

Glenn Korff School of Music

Masayoshi Ishikawa

Masayoshi Ishikawa

Masayoshi Ishikawa is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz composition in the Glenn Korff School of Music. He holds two Master of Music Degrees—one in jazz composition from University of South Florida (2012) and one in jazz piano performance from University of Northern Colorado (2008).

Ishikawa, a pianist, has been involved in several jazz ensembles within the United States and has performed at many festivals throughout Italy. As a native of Japan, Ishikawa recently premiered his original jazz big band suite dedicated to the victims of the tsunami that occurred in 2011. In this multi-movement work, he incorporated a taiko drum (a traditional Japanese instrument) into the American standard big band setting.

Jana Krajciova

Jana Krajciova

Originally from Bratislava, Slovakia, Jana Krajciova is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance in the School of Music. She received her Master of Music in piano performance and pedagogy from Kansas State University and her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude in piano performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where she also received an Associates Degree in criminal justice. She has served as an adjudicator for the Manhattan (Ks.) Area Music Teachers Association Music Fair, The Federation of Women’s Clubs Music Auditions and the Greater Shreveport Music Teachers Association Piano Festival.

She is the recipient of First Prize in graduate piano at the Kansas Music Teachers Association Honors Auditions in 2011 and a Kansas State University Concerto Competition Winner in 2011. She received the Alice L. Pipes Award for Excellence in Music Performance at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2010. Krajciova also won 2nd Prize in 2010 and 3rd Prize in 2008 at the Caudell Cup Piano Competition in Pineville, La. Krajciova is a member of the Music Teachers National Organization and Pi Kappa Lambda honorary music society.

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Linda Laird

Lynda Laird is pursuing her Ph.D. in Music Education in the Glenn Korff School of Music, where she received her Master of Music Education in 2005. She received her Bachelor of Music from Hastings College in 2002. Laird taught Elementary general music and Middle School Choral music from 2005-2010 for the Bellevue Public Schools in Bellevue, Neb. Laird served as organist for Grace Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb., from 2008-2011. She conducted children choirs for Sing Omaha from 2009-2011. Most recently, Laird served as the adult choir director at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb., from 2011-2012.

Chris Varga

Chris Varga

Chris Varga’s musical background is widely varied, ranging from jazz, classical, church, rock, pop, 20th century avant-garde, trip-hop and other unclassifiable genres. His formal education includes a B.M. in percussion from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, an M.M. in jazz studies from DePaul University in Chicago, Ill., plus a few months at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied vibraphone with Victor Mendoza. 

His informal education includes freelancing on vibraphone and drums in the Chicago area, performing at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival in Seoul and the Singapore International Jazz Festival. Chris has released two self-produced albums as a leader, "Inertia" and "Dancer In," which include his original compositions and arrangements. He has also contributed as a sideman to numerous records and movie soundtracks, and has also performed with Peter Bernstein, Steve Slagle, Dave Stryker, Howard Levy, Ulf Wakenius, Darren Barrett and many others in the jazz music field.

Joshua Zink

Joshua Zink

Rising young baritone, Joshua Zink is beginning to make a reputation on the stage and in the concert and recital hall. 2013-2014 will bring Joshua to Opera Omaha in the role of Band Leader in John Harbison's opera "The Great Gatsby." In addition, he will sing Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the Dayton Philharmonic. Other recent operatic engagements have included Marullo in Verdi’s "Rigoletto" with Nashville Opera and "Don Giovanni" on tour as a Mary Ragland Young Artist. Other recent operatic engagements have included "The Mikado" and "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" with Opera New Jersey. As an advocate for new works, Zink collaborated with composer Michael Ching to workshop a new opera, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream;" an a-capella opera which was showcased at Opera America in New York City in the summer of 2009. At Dayton Opera, Zink was an Artist in Residence with for the 2008-2009 season and covered Belcore in "L'elisir d'amore" and performed Kromov in "The Merry Widow." Joshua has also performed as a Resident Opera Artist at Pine Mountain Music Festival. In a summer tribute to Leonard Bernstein works included "Trouble in Tahiti" and "Candide." 

Recently on the concert platform, Zink has sung with the Dayton Philharmonic in Bach’s "St. John Passion;" also as a soloist in Handel’s "Israel" in Egypt. Other concert repertoire with various symphony orchestra’s include: Mozart’s "Requiem," "Mass in C minor" (The Great), Beethoven’s "Mass in C" and "Missa solemnis," Handel’s "Messiah," and Mendelssohn’s "Elijah." An avid song lover, Zink has performed some of the great repertoire with pianist John Wustman, including Schubert's "Winterreise" on the Crescendo Concert Series in St. Louis, Mo., in 2011. In 2007 Zink participated in "The Song Continues…" given by Marilyn Horne at Lincoln Center to promote and preserve the art of song recital. 

Zink is a 2008 alumnus of The University of Illinois where he studied with his mentor John Wustman and a 2005 alumnus of Bowling Green State University.

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Victoria Halverson

Victoria Halverson

Victoria Halverson is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in scene design from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. She received her Bachelor of Science in theatre design and tech from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Halverson was also the scene shop student supervisor from 2010-2012 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Halverson was the scenic designer for “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Shakespeare in Hollywood”, “Urinetown” and “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” (an American College Theater Festival Regionals participant) for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Toland Theatre. She has also worked as an assistant scenic designer, assistant technical director, scenic artist and props for Toland Theatre and Frederick Theatre.

Michaela Lynne Stein

Michaela Lynne Stein

Michaela Lynne Stein is pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic Design in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Stein received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., where she studied Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Scenic Design. She has worked for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Okoboji Summer Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Theatreworks (Peoria, Ariz.), Stageworks and the Phoenix Metropolitain Opera. 

In the last three years she was the scenic paint charge and resident Theatre for Young Audiences scenic designer for the Arizona Broadway Theatre. Her previous scenic designs include "Anastasia," "Steel Magnolias," "Grease" and "The Celebration of Christmas" at Phoenix First Assembly of God. Stein will serve as the Scenic Charge Artist for the JCSTF and will be designing "Candide" this year. In addition to painting and scenic design, she also is a freelance electrician, seamstress, scenic carpenter and foodie.

David Bruce Tousley

David Bruce Tousley

David Bruce Tousley is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in scenic design from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from San Jose State University in 2009 where he designed the sets for "Mummified Deer," "Death of a Salesman," "Urinetown, the musical" and "Six Characters in Search of an Author." 

Tousley has trained under Bay Area set designer Erik Flatmo working on numerous plays and operas such as "Scapin," "La Běte," "Tosca," and "La Traviata." Tousley is the recipient of the 2008 Randy Earle USITT Award for Excellence in Production Design as well as the 2009 Wendell Johnson Award for Excellence in Stage Design. He is also a recurring member of the design team for San Francisco’s premiere sketch comedy group, Killing My Lobster.

2011-2014

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Matt Rightmire

Matt Rightmire

Matt Rightmire is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in stage design-technical production in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He hails from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he completed a comprehensive Bachelor of Arts in Theatre as a Blugold Fellow and has spent the past two years as UWEC's Scenic Studio Supervisor. His accomplishments there include several grants and scholarships, as well as an award for "Best Actor in Theatre for Young Audiences." He has also worked as marketing coordinator for the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center and as an administrative assistant and designer for the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild. He enjoys spending his free time practicing the art of magic, juggling, and enjoying the outdoors on biking and hiking trips.

Clay Van Winkle

Clay Van Winkle

Clay Van Winkle is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in lighting design in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Clay received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance from Baylor University. His lighting design experience includes "Dani Girl" at Greyman Theatre Company and "Carniopolis," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Thom Pain (based on nothing)," "Life of Galileo" and "Macbeth" at Baylor Workshop and Baylor University. He has also served as master electrician for "Almost Maine" and "The Seagull" at Baylor and "The Unseen" for American Actor's Company. He also has experience in set construction, sound design and programming.

Joshua Waterstone

Joshua Waterstone

Joshua Waterstone is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in directing in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He will also serve as the artistic director for Theatrix, a student-run theatre company in the Carson School. Joshua is a director, actor and teaching artist, who has worked in the Georgia and North Carolina theatre scenes. He has worked with The Alliance Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory, Georgia Shakespeare, Push-Push Theatre, Georgia Ensemble, Carrboro Art Center, The Georgia Aquarium, Blank Stage, O.T.C. Improv, Fly-By, Serenbe Playhouse, Horizon and Essential Theater. Joshua is also a certified classical yoga teacher.

Glenn Korff School of Music

David Kamran

David Kamran

David Kamran is pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the Glenn Korff School of Music in clarinet performance. David received his Bachelor of Music in clarinet from Indiana University under James Campbell and his Master of Music in clarinet performance from Miami University under Michele Gingras. An avid performer of solo and chamber music, David has performed concerts throughout the United States from Seattle to New York City. He has also collaborated with many different musicians including members of the Grammy Award Winning Parker Quartet. In the summer of 2011, David was selected as a fellow in the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival and formed the Morse Quintet.