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.

Husker Horn Choir

Husker Horn Choir

On Sunday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m., the Husker Horn Choir will perform a concert at Fellowship Community Church in Lincoln.  Featured on this concert will be some relatively new pieces, some movie themes that you will easily recognize, and even some Holiday favorites. Fellowship Community Church is located at 8601 Holdrege St. in Lincoln.

The next evening, November 19, the ensemble will perform on the Glenn Korff School of Music Brass Ensembles concert at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall.

On Wednesday, December 12 at noon, the horn choir performs a Holiday concert in the rotunda of the Nebraska Capitol Building. This will be a 45-minute concert of seasonal favorites, including an audience participation Sing-a-Long!

On December 31 at 7:00 p.m., the Husker Horn Choir will be the featured group on the First Plymouth Church Abendmusik concert series.  This New Year’s Eve event is part of the Plymouth Brass’ annual “Last Blast” concert.  First Plymouth is located at 2000 D St. in Lincoln. 

It’s not often you get to hear more than 20 French Horn players performing at the same time in the same place!  But that’s exactly what you get with the Husker Horn Choir.  The Husker Horn Choir is an extension of the Husker Horn Studio at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and consists of UNL horn students, non-majors, and community hornists.  This group performs approximately five concerts each year on the UNL campus, at local venues, and also a seasonal favorite -- the Holiday Horns concert at the Capitol Building.  The ensemble performs a wide range of works and transcriptions, from horn quartets to pieces written for 20 horns.

“We are incredibly excited to be part of the Last Blast New Year’s Eve concert!  Our performance will feature something for everyone, including an energetic fanfare by Gary Kuo, a beautiful arrangement of Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, and even a couple of blockbuster movie themes!”, said Dr. Alan Mattingly, professor of horn at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the director of The Husker Horn Choir.



Mackenzie Conroy, Jacob Welling and Macy Miller

Jacob Welling, Mackenzie Conroy, Macy Miller

Clarinetist  Jacob Welling, Sophomore BME, was declared the winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition-Woodwinds, State Level, this morning in Kearney. He will move on to the Division Level in January.
Along with Jacob Welling, clarinetists Mackenzie Conroy (junior BM) and Macy Miller (sophomore BME) won the State Level of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition with their clarinet trio, “Grenadilla Grove”. They will also advance to the Division Level in January.
Sean Lebita

Sean Lebita

Sean Lebita, a freshman piano major from Lincoln North Star and a student of Paul Barnes, just won the Nebraska state level of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artists Piano Competition.  He will compete against 7 other state winners for the West Central Division competition. 

"The competition nerves were really stressful, but I was mostly focused on making sure my repertoire was solid and solely focused on that," Lebita said. "My program was very physically intense, so eliminating the nerves was very important to not lock up unexpectedly. It felt exciting to win because I wanted to make sure that my set showed off everything I could do, which made it feel even more rewarding. Mostly my excitement comes from working on new repertoire, and recording the set soon for regionals."

John Bailey

John Bailey

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, Coro di Flauti, Lincoln’s community flute choir, will host flutists and flute choirs from several Nebraska schools and communities in an event called “FLUTE SALAD.” Events will start at 12:30 pm for participating flutists who register and include a few hours of rehearsal on three different pieces, followed by a 5:00 pm free will offering concert and reception, open to the public at First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th Street, Lincoln, NE. Doors open for the concert at 4:30 pm.

Guest coaches and conductors Dr. Christine Beard, Professor of Flute from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and Dr. John Bailey, Professor of Flute from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music, will work with participating flutists through the afternoon, practicing three pieces for the 5:00 pm concert that were chosen by Coro di Flauti, Wayne State College Flute Choir and UNK Flute Choir. After one run-through of the concert that afternoon, all flutists and flute choirs will perform together on the concert.

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Paul Barnes

Hyeyung Yoon and Paul Barnes's performance of Philip Glass’s Pendulum from the Celebration of Philip Glass in April at the Lied Center will be broadcast this Friday (August 3) on Performance Today in the first hour.

Sebastian Sorensen

Sebastian Sorensen

Sebastian Sorensen, BM '17, vocal performance major won an international award in vocal performance this spring.

GREAT COMPOSERS COMPETITION is a series of international music competitions for young performers. GCC organizes and manages online competitions for instrumentalists (piano, strings, winds and percussion), singers (opera, sacred music, art song and musical theatre), and chamber groups. 

Sebastian Sorensen won first prize (highest award) for his musical theatre performance in the Great Composers " The Music of America" Competition for international young performers aged 20-22.

Sebastian Sorensen entered his performance playing the role of Vincent van Gogh in a solo performance of  "The highest yellow" from Michael John LaChiusa's musical THE HIGHEST YELLOW, which is based on the life of Vincent van Gogh. Sebastian's winning performance was accompanied at the piano by UNL DMA alum, Denis Plutalov.

The award was won on March 8, 2018.
UNL Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble

UNL Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble

Congratulations to the UNL Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble for a great "Prelude" concert before the Omaha Symphony "Jurassic Park" movie with live orchestra at the Holland Center. Thanks to Ian Passmore, Omaha Symphony Assistant Conductor, for guest conducting!

Liam Hughes

Liam Hughes

Congratulations to Liam Hughes, who has won the 2018 John Shildneck Solo Competition. Hughes has won a cash prize and will perform this summer with the Lincoln Municipal Band on Sunday, July 1 at 7 pm at the Shildneck Bandshell in Antelope Park.

Hughes is the first bass trombonist to ever win this competition. He is the eighth trombonist from the Glenn Korff School of Music Trombone studio to win the competition.

Service Awards

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln presents a Service Award to all regular employees who complete intervals of five calendar years of service, calculated on consolidated or continuous regular employment. Congrats to:

Peter Eklund - 20

Anthony Falcone - 20

Craig Fuller -- 40

David Hall -- 5

Jason Hibbard - 5

Rose Johnson - 40

David Neely - 25

Lynne Nevin - 25

Scott Quackenbush - 5

Brian Reetz - 5

Jamie Reimer - 10

Danni Gilbert

Danni Gilbert

Danni Gilbert has been hired by the Glenn Korff School of Music and will begin her appointment as associate professor of practice in music education at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2018.