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.

Kelli Bomberger

Graduate student Kelli Bomberger was one of 18 students internationally selected for a student research panel for the International Society for Music Theory conference in Washington DC.

Bomberger is participating in Frank Samarotto’s workshop, “The Craft of Musical Analysis”.

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Sendoff with UNL Opera

We had an amazing opportunity to share our love of music with others that love music in a special way late Tuesday afternoon.

Ann Marie Snook, who is the chair of the music department at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and classically trained in opera, suffered a massive stroke on August 18 and has been rehabbing at Madonna Rehabilation Hospitals in Lincoln. Her husband, Lee, is also a professor of music at Washburn.

UNL Opera's William Shomos and Jared Hiscock along with pianist Denis Plutalov provided an amazing sendoff for Snook, who was having her final day at the hospital. They performed a duet from Don Pasquale. 10/11 news was also there to capture the event.

Thanks everyone for bringing all of this together so quickly and the smile on Ann's face spoke volumes.

Paul Haar

The modern saxophonist has a wonderful new tool at their disposal,
WWW.THESAXOPHONIST.ORG was created by university professor and performer, Dr. Paul Haar. Haar is currently the Associate Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Noticing a void in the saxophone community, Haar created “The Saxophonist” as a resource that would serve students, performers and educators alike.

“The saxophone has blessed my life by taking me places that I used to dream of and to make music with people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. “The Saxophonist” is created to give back to the instrument I love!” -Paul Haar, Editor-in-Chief

The site, which launched in late August, offers informative articles, interviews with leading performers and teachers in the field and product reviews. In less than a week of its launch the site welcomed nearly 3,000 visitors from such locations as Brazil, Peru, Vietnam, Russia, Germany, England and Iceland. The inaugural issue showcases a review of the Retro Revival saxophone mouthpiece line and a featured article with tenor saxophonist, Lew Tabackin. The site is offered as a resource and is presented in a format that anyone, from any country, can access. In addition to Dr. Haar, The Saxophonist welcomes educators from around the world as reviewers, authors and advisors, making this venture truly “global”.

Julie Grives

Student Julie Grives presented at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden. Her presentation was titled, "Neuroplasticity and the Singing Brain" and she presented it to a standing room only audience. "It was a great experience, supported in part by the Hixson-Lied Student Grant program," she said. 

Emily Freeman

Emily Freeman

Student Emily Freeman submitted a video of her singing a song she wrote and was selected as one of two winners by Lucas Hoge and a panel of judges from his record label in Nashville. She will perform a short set to open up for him on August 19th at Byron Bash (a small town festival in Byron, Nebraska.)

Here is a link to Hoge's announcement:

Karen Becker

Karen Becker

Professor of Cello Karen Becker is having a piece rebroadcast today on Performance Today. The piece premiered in January 2015 in Kimball Recital Hall but the performance was recorded at the Red Lodge Music Festival -- Laurence Sherr's Sonata for cello and piano, "Mir Zaynen do!"

Greg Simon

Greg Simon

Assistant Professor of Composition Greg Simon is currently in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains for the 2017 season of the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute. Founded in 1936, the Brevard Music Center attracts over 400 music students from around the world for its six-week summer season. Greg serves on the composition faculty, working with student composers from as far away as China and attending schools such as Indiana University, the Boston Conservatory, and Oberlin College. This is his third consecutive year on the BMC faculty.

the Kansas-Nebraska act David von Kampen

David von Kampen

Glenn Korff School of Music Lecturer in Theory and Literature as well as the director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Vocal Jazz Ensemble, David von Kampen, has released the first professional recording of his jazz compositions -- The Kansas-Nebraska Act: Music for Small Jazz Ensembles. 

"I wrote half of these charts during graduate school at the University of Kansas, and the rest in Nebraska, where I live now. Some of the band lives in Lawrence, the rest in Lincoln. The first time we all played together was the night before this recording session."

Andrew Janak album

Andrew Janak

Borrowed Time, Glenn Korff School of Music graduate student Andrew Janak’s debut album, is a project several years in the making. The album is currently available on Bandcamp and will soon be on CDBaby and iTunes.

“After leading my own band in Chicago playing my original music for one and a half years, I moved back to Lincoln to pursue my DMA,” Janak said. “I always had it in the back of my mind that I needed to record the music I was making with the group and it all came together with my first DMA composition recital. I brought in five musicians from Chicago with whom I had frequently collaborated (Adam Thornburg, Carl Kennedy, Robin Fey, Jackson Kidder, Jon Wenzel) and added University of Nebraska-Lincoln DMA student Jesse McBee to the mix to create the band for the record.”

The compositions on the album reflect the direction his music was headed back in late 2015-2016: densely orchestrated and contrapuntal jazz music with ample space for improvisation.

“All of the tunes were written during my first year of my DMA at Nebraska with this particular seven-piece band in mind. While some time has passed between the recording session in late February 2016 and the release in June 2017, I am thoroughly satisfied with the final product. All of the band members played beautifully and brought my music to life in ways I didn’t know were possible.

“I’m so excited to share this music with the public and sincerely hope people enjoy it.”

Glenn Korff School of Music Assistant Professor of Composition (Emerging Media and Digital Arts) Tom Larson served as recording engineer and also mixed the album.

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Jamie Reimer

Jamie Reimer

Our own Jamie Reimer joined up with the I the Siren Ensemble for a performance. Read more at the link: