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.
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.
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. http://journalstar.com/niche/l-magazine/profiles/robert-hillestad-a-most-humble-and-dapper-artist/article_ddff74c3-5d80-54ea-8a17-266c4d866a3a.html
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' New Generations has been released on iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/digital-booklet-new-generations/id1054659002?i=1057732964
Eklund will be conducting the 600-voice Iowa All-State Chorus November 19-21, 2015.