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.
Brian Jeffers & Carey Brant
Brian Jeffers (student of Jamie Reimer, ’14) and Carey Brant (student of Kevin Hanrahan, ’13) are double cast as Nemorino in Arizona State University’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) that runs February 25-27 at 7:30pm and February 28 at 2pm in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre.
Michael Reichman was recently appointmented as General Manager of the York (PA) Symphony Orchestra.
An accomplished flutist and conductor, Reichman holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a master’s degree in music with a focus on conducting from the New England Conservatory in Boston.
A member of the Texas Tenors, John Hagen, who was a UNL Master of Music student of Professor of Voice Donna Harler, gave a special thank you to Harler during the group's sold-out performance Thursday night at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
Hagen taught voice at Wartburg College and Northern Iowa University. He has sung many Verdi Requiems and Beethoven 9th symphony performances nationally. He received rave reviews for his performance of a Mascagni opera at Lincoln Center in his New York debut. He was a Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist and has won numerous awards in NATS competitions.
Associate Professor of Bassoon Jeffrey McCray received a commendation for Achievement in Musical Direction from The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for the production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee that was presented this past fall with the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film.
John W. Richmond
Listen to a half-hour interview by Dale Johnson of KFOR AM radio in Lincoln, NE with Dr. John W. Richmond, Professor & Director of UNL’s Glenn Korff School of Music as they explore the question, “Does Music Make You Smarter?” Beginning with the notions of IQ and standardized testing, Dr. Richmond chronicles the evolution of thought from the notion of “intelligence” to the more recent theories of “intelligences,” and explains why this research has been so influential in the field of music teaching and learning
Chiara String Quartet
The Chiara String Quartet, Hixson-Lied Artists-in-Residence at the Glenn Korff School of Music, will be performing this weekend at the Chamber Music America National Conference in New York City, at a rewards dinner honoring Ken Fischer (Chiara String Quartet-member Rebecca Fischer’s uncle and the longtime director of the University Music Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan--a presenter that was awarded a 2014 National Medal of Arts by President Obama). Ken Fischer is being presented with the Richard J. Bogolmony Service Award, C.M.A.’s highest honor. The Chiara String Quartet is to be featured as performers, alone and in collaboration with cellist Norman Fischer (brother of Ken and father of Rebecca), and violist James Dunham (formerly of the Cleveland Quartet and UNL Glenn Korff School of Music Associate Professor of Viola Clark Potter’s former viola teacher).
DMA student Sarah Cosano will present a lecture at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference: An Approach to Jazz for the Classical Performer.
Christopher Barrick, a 2008 graduate of UNL with a DMA degree in saxophone performance, was recently accepted to present two performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance’s 2016 Biennial Conference, to be held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas from March 10-13. He will be giving the world premiere of James Bishops work for saxophone and piano, Personae Dramatis. Also, he will be giving a chamber performance with pianist John Krebs entitled, Melodies Neuvo: New Works for Saxophone, which features newer works by American composers Luke Mayernik and Charles Booker.
DMA students Sarah Cosano, Max Stehr and Chris Varga will be releasing a CD titled, Cambia, Dec. 11 at Vega at the Friday Live at Five series. It's an instrumental jazz album with original compositions and arrangements by Cosano and her husband, Beto.
Sam Loeck (BM in Bass Performance, minors in music technology and mathematics) began the study of the double bass as a 4th grader like so many do in the Lincoln Public Schools. He studied privately with Cory Biggerstaff for two years and then transferred to the studio of Mike Swartz. He participated in the NMEA All State Orchestra all 3 years in high school. He volunteered as an intern at the SAIL Music Camp all 4 summers of his high school career. Sam was a senior soloist with the East High Orchestra. The summer after graduation he was given a scholarship to attend the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in British Columbia, Canada. This experience convinced him to continue in music at UNL, where he studied with Double Bass Professor Dr. Hans Sturm. He auditioned for and won a position with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in 2011. He won the UNL concerto competition in 2014 and appeared as a soloist with the UNL Symphony Orchestra. Last year he began graduate studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he currently studies with Bruce Bransby. This year he won the concerto competition at Indiana and appeared as a soloist. This summer Sam studied at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, and the Moritzburg Festival Academy in Dresden Germany.