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.

Sam Loeck

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. 

Brian Reetz

Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Brian Reetz wrote the cover story for this month's L magazine. The story is about the life of local artist Robert Hillestad.

Hans Sturm

Hans Sturm was named the ASTA Private Studio Teacher of the year. Presenting the award is Nissa de la Torre, President of Nebraska ASTA. Sturm is Associate Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies; Area Head for Strings in the Glenn Korff School of Music.

Chiara String Quartet

The Chiara Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence this season at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  The residency consists of four concerts spread throughout the course of the season. The most recent concert, on November 13, featured a collaboration with pianist Simone Dinnerstein on the New York premiere of Jefferson Friedman’s piano quintet, The Heart Wakes Into--a piece written for Simone and the Chiara which had its premiere last season at the Library of Congress.

As part of the Chiara Quartet’s commitment to engaging with the community, the group is performing this fall at every high school in Lincoln, and is mentoring the students of the UNL chamber music program to engage in outreach performance to such diverse venue as Madonna Rehab Hospital and the Landing.

Paul Barnes

Paul Barnes' New Generations has been released on iTunes.

Peter Eklund

Eklund will be conducting the 600-voice Iowa All-State Chorus November 19-21, 2015.

Anthony Bushard

Bushard published articles on The Doors and Pearl Jam in a 2-volume encyclopedia entitled, The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2016).

He also attended the National College Music Society Conference in Indianapolis and fulfilled his duties as a member of the Conference Program Committee as well as president of the Great Plains Chapter of CMS. While there he participated in a panel of fellow chapter presidents and addressed attendees on the CMS 2015 Common Topic: Sustainability. He also organized the Performer’s Showcase and chaired some sessions. 

While it’s not music-related, he was inducted into his high school’s (O’Gorman High School, Sioux Falls, SD) hall of fame (athletic wing) honoring the 1991 State Football Champions (11-AA, the highest class at the time) of which he was a member. 

Molly Rezich

Student Molly Rezich invites everyone to come join her at Dempsey’s Burger Pub on Tuesday’s from 6:30-10:00 for the weekly Night of Sharing!

"This is an open mic setting and all talents are welcome and appreciated. Dempsey’s has so much to offer: Free Wifi, wonderful food and drinks, amazing people, and the atmosphere is incredible!," she said. "I started this in hopes of bringing new stuff to light in the Lincoln community, but I need your help! Bring a new piece you are working on and would like to perform, a poem that you feel passionately about, a speech you have prepared, ANYTHING. Feel free to contact me through my Facebook page ( if you have any questions or would like to book a spot! I look forward to seeing you there, Cheers!"

Peter Eklund

Professor and Director of Choral Activities Peter Eklund has captured the many travels he has taken through photos including:

Eklund and UNL music students before their concert in the Notre Dame Cathedral in the Summer of 2015

Eklund conducting 1,256 high school musician's during the South Dakota All-State Music Festival in October

Eklund conducting members of the Varsity Men's Choir singing the national anthem at Pinnacle Bank Arena before the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks exhibition game

Eklund conducting 440 high school singers at the University of Southern Mississippi in September at their statewide music festival

Mike Foley

Music Education senior Mike Foley is music directing "Urinetown" at the Haymarket Theatre, which is running (last weekend and) this weekend, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00. Tickets are available online at, or by calling the theatre, and of course at the door.

It's Mike's first time directing a Main Stage production.

"It's been such a comprehensively musically demanding experience; I have to wear so many hats - vocal coach, choir teacher, bandleader, conductor, warm-up specialist, and so on. For a music education student, getting to apply my skill set and concept of musicality in so many different capacities has been challenging but very satisfying! It's been an excellent educational and professional experience; I've definitely learned a lot of good lessons and habits I'm glad to be taking forward with me. The best part, though, has been the enjoyment that comes from working with such a talented, passionate, and motivated group of people. Our cast has been just great."

Mike has previously been involved with youth theatre music direction at the Haymarket Theatre, as well as the music direction of the 2014 Penguin Project production of Annie Jr., recipient of the Mayor's Arts Award of Outstanding Cultural Significance.

This  hilarious, satirical musical takes place in a dystopian future, where worldwide water shortages caused local governments to ban private bathrooms - leaving a single monopolizing Corporation in charge of all "Public Facilities". Winner of the 2001 Best Musical Score and Best Musical Book Tony awards, Urinetown pokes fun at capitalism, corruption, populism, and social justice. It also heavily parodies musical theatre as a form of art, and other musicals - with references to Les Miserables and other classics.