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.
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 here: https://unl.box.com/s/k5ht2dzo8l3kz8b4dus92xl2sdzhxnz3
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.
Krista Hafez (Ph.D., May 2019) successfully defended her dissertation: THE EFFECT OF A POSTURAL INTERVENTION ON FATIGUE IN UNIVERSITY PIANO STUDENTS
Read the abstract here: https://unl.box.com/s/ril6myg6p1g52t5baab7arrgucy9k6bw
Louis Claussen (DMA, May 2019) successfully defended his terminal document: FROM IMPROVISATION TO ARTISTRY: A STUDY OF THE PIANO’S 12 SIDES BY CARTER PANN
Read the abstract here: https://unl.box.com/s/gkgz1uybnb8bf31hlq904yy3ddump8ui
Brian Lew (DMA, May 2019) successfully defended his terminal document: ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR BASS TROMBONE AND PIANO FROM 1985 TO 2018:AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Read the abstract here: https://unl.box.com/s/7mv7b774v8yt2bftw8qhwjdsgkfdy9ny
Alum Colleen Carney (bachelor's of music degree in Piano Performance, May 2018) and her duo piano partner, Melissa Terrall, won first place at the National Federation of Music Clubs' biennial Ellis Competition for Duo Pianists with a cash prize of $20,000 on Saturday, March 30th. They also received the Abild American Music Award (for the best performance of an American piece) with a cash prize of $1,000.
Matthew Armstrong (DMA, May 2019) successfully defended his terminal document: THE CHORAL NEGRO SPIRITUAL ARRANGEMENTS AND COMPOSITIONS OF HALL JOHNSON PERFORMED IN THE GREEN PASTURES
Read the abstract here: https://unl.box.com/s/lycqsxvaooh7y0owi0s8cm0plmetj5mu
Epsilon Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi
It was quite a weekend for our Epsilon Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma Midwest District Convention in Boulder, CO this weekend!
The chapter won three awards: The Scrapbook Award, Travel Award, and Joint Travel Award (with Tau Beta Sigma.) They also had the most attendees of any single Chapter (out of 21 total.)
Also, Junior MUED Major Jacob Coughlin was elected President of the Midwest District of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Lastly, the joint Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma delegation voted unanimously to accept the bid to host the 2020 Midwest District Convention here in Lincoln.
Hans Sturm was recently elected as the International Society of Bassists’ new President-Elect.
The International Society of Bassists is the world’s leading organization in support of the double bass with over 3,000 members in 40 countries.
Past President of the ISB, Hans Sturm, is the organization’s new President-Elect. Hans has maintained a 35-year relationship with the ISB. A member since 1984, he served as the New Music Editor for the "Bass World Journal" for six years until Diana Gannett appointed him to the Board of Directors in 2001. He was named President Elect by Barre Phillips in 2005 and worked to expand the Board’s international representation, appointing Chen Ziping (Beijing Conservatory) and Thierry Barbé (Paris Conservatory) to the Board. He worked with Thierry and the ISB to assist BassEurope in the development of their first Congress in 2008, serving as co-host of the event. Hans worked with several members of the Board to expand the ISB’s online presence. Their combined efforts helped lead to the creation of the ISB/George Vance Online Library, the searchable database of past issues of Bass World dating back to the 1960s. Recently, as Chair of the ISB Governance Team, Hans authored the ISB’s first Operations Manual and rewrote the organizations Bylaws. In addition to his work on the Board, Hans has served on the juries of several ISB competitions including Solo, Jazz, Composition, and 18 and Under.
Hans currently holds the Hixson-Lied Professorship of Double Bass and Jazz Studies in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Rubén D. Gómez
Rubén D. Gómez was named the winner of the 2018 North American Student Composer Competition, organized and sponsored by the MetWinds, a Wind Ensemble located in the Boston area. Gómez will write a piece for this ensemble to be premiered in November 2020 during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the band. The competition had a total of 126 submissions from different parts of the country.