The halls of the Westbrook Music Building are busy with activity, but our faculty, staff, alumni and students are out in the world doing amazing things too! Read about all of their activities here.

Trey Meyer

Trey Meyer


Trey Meyer, who is completing the first year of his DMA studies in Vocal Performance, won the young artist division of an international singing competition based in London. 

Meyer entered the young artist category for singers aged 23-25 in The Music of Eastern Europe category in The Music of Europe Competition for instrumentalists, singers, and chamber ensembles. This competition is a celebration of the Eastern European, Southeastern European, and Balkan classical music.

The finals of the international competition were judged by a panel of eight professionals reviewing video submissions of live performances. The winners of the global competition based in London, England were announced on April 8, 2019.

Trey Meyer's winning submission was the Russian romance На нивы желтыйе нисходит тишина (Silence descends on the golden cornfields), Op. 39, No. 3, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and was performed with Michael Cotton, collaborative pianist.

Meyer's applied voice and acting professor Alisa Belflower said, "Trey Meyer is devoted to growing into the best performing artist possible. The work he has accomplished during his graduate studies in the Glenn Korff School of Music has been life-changing. He is blessed with a glorious lyric baritone and has developed his instrument and his ability to interpret music into an international award-winning art. He is entirely deserving of this award."

Travis Worsham

Travis Worsham


Travis Worsham (DMA, May 2019) successfully defended his terminal document:  CROSSING THE LINE: THE LIFE AND MUSICAL LEGACY OF FRIEDRICH GULDA THROUGH A STUDY OF PLAY PIANO PLAY

Read the abstract herehttps://unl.box.com/s/n7zpd4n8h7t5ftwnk943x0cv16229a59

Wataru Niimori

Wataru Niimori


Wataru Niimori (DMA, May 2019) successfully defended his terminal document:  STRING QUARTET NO.1 IN G MAJOR

Read the abstract herehttps://unl.box.com/s/sfrafkv495u3at76oqywcmf92mvt39fy

Anne Gassmann Anne Gassmann with committee

Anne Gassmann


Anne Gassmann (DMA, May 2019) successfully defended her terminal document:  THE SINGING CONDUCTOR: INTERVIEWS ON THE BENEFITS AND LIMITATIONS OF CHORAL CONDUCTORS AND TEACHERS CONTINUING TO SING

Read the abstract herehttps://unl.box.com/s/gnr5zjccjcdh36kcbmfu159ihsmws0hf

Julie Grives

Julie Grives


Julie Grives (Ph.D., May 2019) successfully defended her dissertation: THE IMPACT OF TRAINING AIDS ON AERODYNAMIC AND ACOUSTIC MEASURES IN SINGING

Read the abstract herehttps://unl.box.com/s/xea77o8wz365fjdqguajalkkho94t4am

Marci DeAmbrose

Marci DeAmbrose


Marci DeAmbrose (Ph.D., May 2019) successfully defended her dissertation:  “CHOIR MIGHT ACTUALLY SAVE YOUR LIFE”: A CONVERGENT MIXED METHODS STUDY ON ADOLESCENTS’ ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS OF MIDDLE LEVEL VOCAL MUSIC

Read the abstract herehttps://unl.box.com/s/1kcpvbgk2g7sdfpmjo3m9b2gpwc0sbaf

Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill


Matthew Hill (DMA, May 2019) successfully defended his terminal document:  THE LIFE AND CAREER OF Z. RANDALL STROOPE: WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON HODIE

Read the abstract herehttps://unl.box.com/s/ibhtax5qnccxgs504pqzyegdnuw8js2t

Christopher Brandt

Christopher Brandt


Christopher Brandt (DMA, May 2019) successfully defended his terminal document:  AUTHENTIC PERFORMANCE OF WIND BAND TRANSCRIPTIONS

Read the abstract herehttps://unl.box.com/s/vipdthk493jsvs5d1cxoz93s1pdysewn

Sarah Cosano

Sarah Cosano


Sarah Cosano (DMA, May 2019) successfully defended her terminal document:  TRANSCRIBING ASTOR PIAZZOLLA’S WORKS TO MAXIMIZE STYLISTIC FIDELITY: AN EXAMINATION OF THREE SAXOPHONE QUARTETS WITH A NEW TRANSCRIPTION

Read the abstract herehttps://unl.box.com/s/k5ht2dzo8l3kz8b4dus92xl2sdzhxnz3

Pierrot Lunaire

Pierrot Lunaire


Graduate students Paul Zeller and Rebecca Nederhiser both recently used the work, Pierrot Lunaire, as the main feature in each of their separate recitals. It’s believed to be the first student ensemble to attempt and successfully perform the work in the history of the school. They also recently performed as special guests at Doane University (Crete campus), where they were featured in an educational assembly for the student body.

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