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.
Congratulations to Rhonda Fuelberth, Associate Professor of Music Education, who was named as the North Central Division-ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) President-elect. Fuelberth will take office on July 1, 2016.
Joseph Curaile, a UNL graduate -- MM in Composition (2009) -- received his PhD from the University of Minnesota. He now teaches in Singapore.
Curaile just returned from Prague where he conducted an entire concert of his compositions with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, which included his Masters thesis "The Great Plains" which he wrote while at UNL. He added, "It was the hit of the concert. Believe it or not, two friends from Nebraska flew to Prague to attend the concert, and I wore my University of Nebraska jacket in their honor and that of my thesis."
Third-year DMA Jazz Studies student Max Stehr’s poster, Bird's Words and Lennie's Lessons: Using or Avoiding Patterns in Bebop, was one of the winners for Arts and Humanities during the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring 2016 Research Fair poster competition.
The poster competition involved over 40 faculty and postdoc reviewers who rated student posters on the basis of their research scholarship.
Emily Roach, a first-year Master of Music student, won the West Central Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA) competition at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. She will represent the region (NE, KS, CO and WY) at the national competition in Chicago this July. Roach is a student in Assistant Professor of Voice Jamie Reimer’s studio.
NATSAA is a biennial competition. Roach is the second regional winner from UNL (both from Reimer's studio) in the past four years. The last regional winner was Kayla Wilkens, who went on to place 2nd nationally and receive the Most Promising Singer award at the national NATS conference in Boston in 2014. Roach's pianist is Dr. Denis Plutalov (UNL ’08). He also accompanied Wilkens throughout the 2014 NATSAA competition.
David von Kampen
Following the success of their musical "Puddin' and the Grumble," Nebraska playwright Becky Boesen and Lecturer in Theory and Literature/composer David von Kampen will premiere their latest work, "Catherland," at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Hardin Hall Auditorium, 33rd and Holdrege streets. Free tickets can be reserved here.
David von Kampen
Lecturer in Theory and Literature David von Kampen was honored as the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Distinguished Composer of the Year for his work, Under the Silver and Home Again, at the Awards Brunch during the 2016 MTNA National Conference San Antonio, Texas.
Mark Nealeigh was recently given a Duane E. Johnson Outstanding Service Award from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association.
Awards Coordinator Nate Metschke had this to say at the banquet: “Our second recipient is always busy organizing all of the facility, equipment, instrument and technology needs for the NSBA Convention. This is no small task and fortunately Mark Nealeigh, the UNL Glenn Korff School of Music's Building Use/Equipment/Inventory Support Associate is up to the job. He's the person behind the scenes that most of you don't know about who makes sure NSBA happens before the swarm of band directors ever arrives in Lincoln. As the convention proceeds, he works extra hours to trouble-shoot emergencies and put out the fires that inevitably occur from the first Intercollegiate Band Rehearsal through the last group of the Concert Band Festival. Mark is a musician himself, a percussionist who holds a BME from the Glenn Korff School. This uniquely qualifies him for this duty, as he understands our specific needs down to the letter almost innately. It's said of some jobs that if they're done well you won't even know the person responsible is there. Well tonight we all know Mark is here for us, and we thank him for it! Thank you Mark for your selfless service to NSBA!”
William Shomos and Donna Harler-Smith
The TADA Theatre presents the musical “Man of La Mancha” for a two-week period beginning April 21.
Playing the role of Don Quixote will be William Shomos, Richard H. Larson Distinguished Professor of Music (voice) and director of opera at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. UNL's Professor of Voice Donna Harler-Smith will also be in the show. Playing opposite Dr. Shomos is TADA Musical Director Cris Rook in the role of Aldonza. Other cast members are Neal Stenberg, Harold Scott, Tom Westfall, Darin Anderson, Ken Killman, Elysia Arntzen, Jasmine Magner, Bill Maltas, Mark Taylor Feit, Terry Clements, Daniel Magner, Chris Lofgreen and Mark A. Mesarch.
Winner of the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical, “Man of La Mancha” has enjoyed four Broadway revivals and become one of musical theatre’s most beloved works. The musical is on stage April 21 – May 1 at The TADA Theatre, 701 P St., with 7:30 p.m. curtain times Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays. For reservations, call (402) 438-TADA (8232) or seewww.tadatheatre.info. Tickets are $18, student tickets are $15.
Alum Kayla Wilkens is one of fifteen young singer/actors named as a finalist for the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition. Selected from thirty-one semifinalists, this year’s finalists represent a diverse range of performers, ages 21 to 31, from across the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel. All will sing repertoire from the operatic, golden age and contemporary musical stages, and of course, the music of Kurt Weill.
Alum Brian Jeffers (BM ’14) has been invited to perform at the Aspen Music Festival this summer. Jeffers is currently completing his MM at Arizona State University. Casting will be done when Jeffers arrives in Aspen. The season includes Bolcom’s A Wedding, Puccini’s La Boheme, and Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict. There is also a concert series.
His own personal page is: http://brian-jeffers.squarespace.com/