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.

Alisa Belflower

In mid-October UNL's Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies Alisa Belflower attended the 27th Annual Festival of New Musicals in New York City. The National Alliance for Musical Theatre produces the Festival of New Musicals to create a nurturing environment for discovery, development and advancement of the musical theatre art form. Since the Festival began 432 composers, lyricists and bookwriters creating new musical theatre works have been introduced musical theatre producers. More than 85% of the new musicals featured in the festival have gone on to subsequent readings, workshops, productions and tours, been licensed, and/or recorded on cast albums as a direct result of the Festival! The Festival produces staged readings and cabaret concerts to introduce new musicals in development and their creators to an industry-only audience with the experience and resources to move the work forward. Professor Belflower is honored to have been among the first college professors in the nation to be invited to this event, after which she provided written feedback to each of the writers. UNL's Lied Center for Performing Arts, Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and the Glenn Korff School of Music have worked together to produce development projects for over 16 new musicals under Prof. Belflower's direction in the last decade or so. All of the new musicals developed at UNL have received further professional development and/or professional productions by some of the nation's most respected professional theatre's including Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, York Theatre Company and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, among others.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts was pleased in early September 2015 to host the ASCAP New Musical Theatre Workshop. This event is hosted in New York City, Los Angeles and in Lincoln on UNL's city campus. Prof. Alisa Belflower was honored to produce and direct one of the two winning submissions, a new musical based on the Greek myth describing Hades' abduction of Persephone. Persephone Unplugged featured a cast of UNL students, alums performing with professional actors under the musical direction of Kurt Knecht. As a part of the festival weekend, Prof. Belflower was honored to create, produce and direct Broadway at the Lied: The Music of Steven Lutvak, a two-act revue hosted by Mr. Lutvak, the composer and co-lyricist of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, winner of 16 awards including the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical. The revue feature performances by guest artist and Broadway veteran Karen Morrow, Steven Lutvak and a company of Glenn Korff School of Music vocal students and alums.

In early November, Belflower was honored to present, give master classes and coach aspiring vocalists and actors as a guest artist in residence at Northern Iowa University. She presented her recent research relating innovating vocal and acting techniques to the performance of opera, art song and musical theatre repertoire.

John W. Richmond

John W. Richmond

John W. Richmond, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music, will be part of a panel presentation at the annual conference of the National Association of Schools of Music on Monday, November 23rd. Entitled, Think Big! Creating Your Lasting Legacy Through Philanthropy, this session will discuss principles of development for music in higher education.

John Bailey

Dr. John Bailey, Richard H. Larson Distinguished Professor of Music (Flute), recently presented at the College Music Society’s annual national conference in Indianapolis, on his system of “buddy lessons” where one flutist is the note-taker for the other, something he developed long ago, and his students all seem to really like.  Built in second flute for orchestral rep, a complete record of assignments and tips for solving problems, and the buddy learns all the music the lesson student is learning.

Kurt Knecht

It's been a busy couple of months for Kurt Knecht, Lecturer in Composition. 

“Prayer for Peace” for SATB chorus was premiered by multiple grammy award winning conductor Charles Bruffy at the Canta Mara festival in Nova Scotia. The UNL Chamber Singers will give a performance of the work on Dec. 4th at Sheldon.

“Missouri Sonata” for organ has been performed recently in Seattle, Colorado Springs, and Kansas City and will be the title track on Wyatt Smith’s debut album on the Raven label.

“Drop, drop, slow tears” was performed by Sul Ross State University in Texas and has an upcoming performance at the TMEA festival by Rick Bjella and Texas Tech in San Antonio.

“O Great Mystery” commissioned by Marietta College will be premiered in December and broadcast on television over the course of the month in four states.

“Ballad of a Vocal Performance Major” was done at Western Illinois University.

“Manly Men” was on tour throughout Ohio by Bowling Green State University.

Mark Clinton

Mark Clinton was the featured artist for the prestigious Christopher Durant Ballew Memorial Concert held on October 13, 2015 in the Cecil B. Day Chapel on the grounds of the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia in Athens.  He performed a solo recital featuring the works of Schubert, Schoenberg, and Brahms.  The concert was jointly sponsored by the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music and the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia.

He also served as chairman of the jury for the Sixth Seattle International Piano Festival and Competition, which was held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle from October 16-19, 2015.  The distinguished panel of jurors heard more than thirty promising young pianists from around the world competing for significant cash prizes and performance awards.  As chair of the jury, he also was invited to present a masterclass for talented young students performing works by Chopin and Beethoven.

Diane Barger Performance photo

Diane Barger

Diane Barger, Hixson-Lied Professor of Clarinet, performed a recital tour with the Amicitia Duo in early October. She performed recitals and gave master classes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, and University of Tampa.

On November 23 Barger will present a lecture, "Collaborative Teaching and Learning in the Studio", for the Region 3 Session at the National Association of Schools of Music annual meeting in St. Louis, MO.

UNL Opera: Don Giovanni Live Tweets

A group of us from the Glenn Korff School of Music live tweeted the dress rehearsal on Wednesday night of UNL Opera's Don Giovanni. Here are some of the top tweets from the night (see all of them on Twitter by searching the hashtag #UNLOpera):

David von Kampen

David von Kampen

David von Kampen is a composer based in Lincoln, NE and is a lecturer in Theory and Literature for the Glenn Korff School of Music. David’s creative work spans a wide variety of genres and styles, including jazz, choral music, hymnody and liturgy, solo voice, chamber music, and musical theater. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Nebraska.

Listen to some of his work here:
John Kosch

John Kosch

This week’s Halftime show by the Cornhusker Marching Band is:


The Chairman of the Board: Frank Sinatra Centennial

Luck Be a Lady

Fly Me to the Moon/The Way You Look Tonight

New York, New York/My Way


Glenn Korff School of Music student John Kosch arranged the music for the performance.


“I have participated in band since high school, and I have always been interested in writing for marching band,” he said. “A couple years ago I asked Professor Tony Falcone if he would look at my work and offer me any advice. After looking at what I had written, he was kind enough to find opportunities to utilize my abilities and appeal to my interests. Last spring Professor Falcone asked me if I would arrange the music for an entire halftime show to be performed at a Husker game by the Cornhusker Marching Band He gave me the 5 tunes, the instrumentation, and a time limit and told me to write the rest. Over the course of two months I arranged the music for the Frank Sinatra classics Luck Be A Lady, Fly Me to the Moon, The Way You Look Tonight, New York New York, and My Way. The result will be performed at this week’s halftime show at the Nebraska-Wisconsin game. Every note the CMB plays this Saturday was notated by yours truly. 


“I couldn’t be more thrilled! Thank You Professor Falcone and the CMB family for making this possible.”



Jared Rawlings

Jared Rawlings

Alum Jared Rawlings (M.M. 2006) was awarded the 2015-2016 Brown Innovation Fellow for Teaching and Learning at Stetson University. The Brown Innovation Fellows Program focuses on innovative teaching and learning with an emphasis on course-building and high quality pedagogy. 

Rawlings is Assistant Professor and Director of Music Education at Stetson University.