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.
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, 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):
The pit orchestra sounds good, you would almost think it's a recording. Our musicians are the best! #UNLOpera— Ryley Horner (@RyleywithaY) November 12, 2015
The pit orchestra is doing a fine job presenting themes throughout the overture under the baton of maestro Tyler White. #unlopera— Doug Bush (@DougBush2) November 12, 2015
Bobby and Erick are really holding down the bass section. #UNLOpera— Taylor Mead (@tkmgusgirl) November 12, 2015
I'm in love with the costumes so far!!! #UNLOpera— Sasha Schneider (@SOSchneider) November 12, 2015
You'd think all these men had long, luscious hair; not that they were in wigs... #UNLOpera— Taylor Mead (@tkmgusgirl) November 12, 2015
Can I just say that the fashion of this time period was on point #UNLOpera— Justin Mohling (@HuskerCorno) November 12, 2015
Don Giovanni has gotten himself into a mess #UNLOpera— Sasha Schneider (@SOSchneider) November 12, 2015
Shoutout to all of my SAI sisters involved in the opera who are on stage now! #UNLOpera— Ryley Horner (@RyleywithaY) November 12, 2015
I knew I recognized that piece! Throwback to MUSC 160 and my performance group! #UNLOpera— Taylor Mead (@tkmgusgirl) November 12, 2015
Kristen Swenson's voice carries so much feeling. You can feel her pain as Donna Anna #UNLOpera— Brian Reetz (@brianreetz) November 12, 2015
The lighting with the statue's knocking on the door is way cool. #UNLOpera— Doug Bush (@DougBush2) November 12, 2015
There are the trombones! #UNLOpera— Doug Bush (@DougBush2) November 12, 2015
Still very impressed by the cast, crew and pit of UNL's Don Giovanni. Bravo! #UNLOpera— Sasha Schneider (@SOSchneider) November 12, 2015
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:
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.”
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.
Assistant Professor of Voice Jamie Reimer's poster presentation in Kyoto, Japan.
Senior Music Composition student Bryce Heesacker had a piece played in Santa Cruz, CA this summer. It is titled "Graveyard Shift” and is a fixed multimedia piece. This is a piece that premiered last spring at his junior recital. After receiving positive feedback from those at the premiere, he sent the piece to a few other people and it was included as part of The Santa Cruz New Music Society’s concert series at The Art Bar and Cafe on July 9th. Heesacker was happy to have his work featured alongside other experimental and forward-thinking musicians.
Here is a link to a video of the piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7kcNA5cgrU
Molly Rezich will be playing at the Nebraska State Fair on September 6 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Nebraska State Fair takes place in Grand Island.
Bobby Fuson II
Bobby Fuson, doctoral candidate, spent the summer in Charlottesville, Virginia interviewing people as part of his dissertation research into the life and works of the late Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore. He performed with local musicians who were LeRoi's contemporaries, traveled across the state to interview studio engineers who worked with him, and visited the cemetery where he is interred. He is documenting the research and dissertation process at www.roilives.tumblr.com.