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.
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.
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.
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
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
Alum Brian Jeffers will be returning to the Aspen Opera Center this summer to perform as part of the Trio (Boy 1) in TROUBLE IN TAHITI. This one act opera will be presented as part of the 2018 celebration of Leonard Bernstein's birth centennial.
Welcome to the Glenn Korff School of Music Audition Days!
This past weekend, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music student Jordan Redd won the West Central Division of MTNA Young Artist Brass Competition. The competition itself takes place in rounds. In October, Redd won the state round when he competed against other players from the state of Nebraska. The next round is the regional round, which took place in Iowa City, Iowa this past weekend. There he competed against other brass players from the states in the West Central Region, which includes states like MO, NE, ND, SD, IA, etc... He will now be going to the last round which will take place in Lake Buena Vista, FL. There he will compete against the other regional winners to determine the national winner. Redd is working on earning his masters in horn performance from the GKSOM.
Jennifer Reeves is the new full-time Community Partnerships Manager at Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra. She recently earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Clarinet from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her experience there included serving on the Graduate Student Advisory Board and serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Diane Barger. She has excellent relationships with local music teachers, and is the Volunteer Coordinator for the International Clarinet Association's annual ClarinetFest conference.
Our own Garrett Hope has an article on newmusicbox.com -- Leveling Up, Part 1: The Business of Sheet Music
As I am wrapping up a recent commission for high school concert band, I am reflecting on my experience composing for educational instrumental ensembles. Writing music for these ensembles is deeply rewarding—primarily because they are eager to perform freshly composed music and are willing to try new things.