Glenn Korff School of Music Blog

Glenn Korff School of Music Blog

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.

Future Plans -- Spring 2018 Edition


We asked our students to share their future plans, be it this Summer or long range. They will all be listed here in order of when the information is received (adding from the top). Here are their thoughts:

Derrick Gossard

I have recently accepted a 5-12 band and 7-12 choir position as the musical director for Sterling Public Schools.

Paige DeDecker

I will be attending the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida to pursue a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance.

Geli Gonzalez

I'll be working on the Bellevue East Marching Band staff as a low reeds technician. I will be working on things like marching technique and music, specifically with the low woodwind section of the band over the summer and into the fall semester.

Krista Connelly

At the end of June I will be a composer participant in a week-long composition masterclass in Helsinki and Porvoo, Finland.

JL Klinck

I will be graduating in May, and then working part time with the Nebraska Cultural Endowment for five to six weeks. Meanwhile, I'm applying to various non-profits, and planning on working in that sector while pursuing side projects as well.

Madeline Reddel

For this summer I am interning with Jazz in June, being a vocal clinician for the youth based blues education program “BluesEd" in Omaha, and a volunteer for an all female youth based rock camp "Omaha Girls Rock". 

Julie Grives

I will be presenting “Aerodynamic Effects of Training Aids in the Voice Studio” at the International Symposium of Singing and Song II in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada this summer. I will also be attending the CCM Institute at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.

Jadyn Johnson

I will begin teaching at Hershey public schools! K-12 vocal music.

Jonah Payne

My future plans involve pursuing a Master's and Doctorate in percussion performance. I hope to eventually perform often, compose, and teach at a collegiate level.

Alex Crowley

Starting on June 10th-August 6th, I will be a junior high boys camp counselor at the Interlochen Fine Arts Camp. In addition to planning activities for campers, I’ll even be gaining lifeguard training. I wanted to do an activity like this, to gain experience in a leadership, mentoring role for junior high students. 

Xiaoyun Sim

This Summer I will be working for NSE as an orientation leader.

Barry Ford

I will be traveling to Belem, Brazil to participate in the Music Festival Week of the Federal University of Para in June where I will be giving lessons in conducting, composition and conducting the festival orchestra. I will be entering my second year as Director of Orchestras at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Lucy Collins

I will be attending the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy.

Abby Kurth

This summer I will be working as a young artist at the Ohio Light Opera, a professional operetta and traditional musical  theatre company in Wooster, Ohio. I will be performing in 6 out of their 7 shows this season. (Pajama Game, Babes in Arms, 50 Million Frenchmen, Candide, La Périchole, and Cloclo.)

Marques Garrett


Marques Garrett has been offered and has accepted the position as our newest Assistant Professor of Music in Choral activities.

Hayley Shoemaker

Hayley Shoemaker


Hayley Shoemaker (MM student) has been awarded 3rd Prize in the international Great Composers Competition Best Bach Performance category. Winners were announced on March 21, 2018, J. S. Bach’s 333rd birthday.

ACDA Conference and Gala


Eighteen University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music dance students, along with faculty Susan Ourada and Hye-Won Hwang, traveled to the American College Dance Association-North Central Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from March 21-25, 2018. The Association is designed to bring passion in dance to our colleges and to each other.

This year, there were a wide variety of master classes, informal performances, presentations, and many opportunities for student and faculty exchanges in and out of the studio. In addition, there were five adjudication concerts at the conference. Forty-seven dance pieces from 26 universities were presented at the adjudication concerts. Among them, 12 pieces were selected for the gala, and both the UNL dance students’ pieces were selected for the gala. Congratulations to all the students and these two outstanding choreographers, Jordan Reanne Patt and Kennedy Rolfes.  

Presentation Performance

Follow the Baton Presentation


Thanks for an amazing, informative presentation and for the wonderful performance! 

Alan and Jackie Mattingly

Husker Horn Studio


The Husker Horn Studio will travel to the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR March 16-18 to attend the MidSouth Horn Conference.  During this event, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be represented in many ways:

  • Faculty members Alan and Jacqueline Mattingly will give a world-premiere performance for two horns and piano by UNL alum Daniel Baldwin entitled “A Place of Color and Silence.”  Daniel wrote this beautiful, lyrical piece for the Mattingly's and they are honored to premiere it at this event.  
  • The Husker Horn Choir will perform “Big Sky Country” by Daniel Baldwin on the final concert Sunday afternoon (March 18).  Daniel put together a nice video of us performing it a few years ago.  It can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7KttgIYjBE
  • Five members of the Husker Horn Studio will compete in the solo competition, the high horn excerpt competition, and the low horn excerpt competition.
  • Alan Mattingly will judge the 1st round of the graduate student solo competition.
  • Jackie Mattingly will judge the 2nd round of the high school solo competition.
  • Alan Mattingly will perform an arrangement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 (movement 1) in the Faculty artist Ensemble.
Pearl Shangkuan, Andre Thomas, Andrew Last and Matthew Oltman

Matthew Oltman and Andrew Last


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music was very well represented at TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) with TWO of the four All-State conductors as alums (Matthew Oltman and Andrew Last)! The other two were Andre Thomas and Pearl Shangkuan, both titans in the choral world. 

Jared Hiscock

Jared Hiscock


Our own Jared Hiscock will be performing at Southern Adventist University. Read more: http://www.chattanoogan.com/2018/2/15/363459/Baritone-Vocalist-Jared-Hiscock-To.aspx

Kyle Cartwright

Kyle Cartwright


Alum Kyle Cartwright has been named Executive Director of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Cartwright will carry out NCE’s mission and play a vital role in fundraising activities. The new role went into effect on January 1, 2018.

Cartwright has an extensive background in the arts and in administration. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Nebraska– Lincoln and has worked with the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Lincoln Community Foundation and the Lied Center for Performing Arts in administrative and fundraising capacities.

“The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is the perfect opportunity for me to blend my passion for community with my love for the arts and humanities,” says Cartwright. “I look forward to sharing the stories of Nebraska’s cultural institutions and working to make a lasting impact on their ability to do the great work they do.” 

Anthony Bushard Stanley Kleppinger

Anthony Bushard & Stanley Kleppinger


Faculty members Anthony Bushard and Stanley Kleppinger both had papers selected for the MaMI (Music and the Moving Image) conference at the NYU Steinhardt School on May 24-27.

Bushard's paper: "What the Image Allows:" Thomas Newman, Aaron Copland, and a Question of Influence. 

Kleppinger's paper: "The Copland Sound" as Object Appropriation

Conference page link: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/composition/scoring/conference

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