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.
David Galant, who will be starting his first year of the DMA program in Orchestral Conducting this fall, had a busy summer that included: attending the Southwest Minnesota State University Conducting Workshop and working with Dr. John Ginocchio (Southwest Minnesota State University) and Dr. Sigurd Johnson (North Dakota State University); attending the Wichita State University Conducting Workshop and working with Jeffrey Grogan (New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra) and Dr. Mark Laycock (Wichita State University).
Vocal Performance Major Cameron Dobson was a part of the Summer Singers of Lee’s Summit.
Here is a link to an article that appeared about them: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article27479848.html
Professor of Music History Pamela Starr has written a chapter in the book, The Cambridge History of Fifteenth-Century Music, published by Cambridge University Press. Starr's chapter, No. 24, is "The beneficial system and fifteenth-century polyphony".
Here is a link to the book: http://universitypublishingonline.org/cambridge/histories/ebook.jsf?bid=CHO9781139057813
Our own Paul Barnes will be taking part in this event in Chicago:
Chicago Celebrates Philip Glass -- Music for one and two Pianos
Here is a review of a performance that included our own Mark Clinton.
Zach Paris recently won the Heartland Marimba Festival Solo Competition. The competition featured college percussion applicants from around the country that each recorded two marimba solos to be judged by the HMF panel. The award for winning the competition is free tuition to the festival, the opportunity to perform a solo work on the festival recital, as well as the opportunity to perform a xylophone solo with a full concert band.
The Heartland Marimba Festival is held June 22-28 at the Iowa State University Campus in Ames, Iowa. The faculty at the festival are top notch professionals in the music industry including: Iowa State University percussion professor Dr. Matthew Coley, professional percussion quintet Clocks in Motion, percussion composer Dr. Andrew Ardizzoia, and recording engineer Chad Jacobsen. The festival experience includes attending faculty recitals, private percussion lessons with various camp faculty members, solo and ensemble performance opportunities, master classes, and marimba recording sessions.
Dr. Robert Woody was interviewed on a podcast episode recently. The podcast is called Where There's Smoke http://www.wheretheressmoke.co and he is in the episode called "The Way It Is (Taste)." He expands on taste as it relates to fandom, and teaches us about “burging” and “corfing”.
David von Kampen
Alum David von Kampen received a Downbeat Graduate College Winner award in the Original Composition – Large Ensemble category for the composition “Crooked Number.” He also received an Outstanding Performance award in Jazz Arrangement (Graduate College division) for “California Dreamin’.” With these awards, von Kampen has won six DownBeat Student Music Awards in the past four years.
Megan Tantillo is the Omaha area's brightest young show choir talent!
With 20 years of professional dance experience to her name, Megan is an elite creative choreographer; having designed 30 shows for 15 different schools and studios in the metro area since 2010.
In addition to her dance prowess, Megan boasts a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
While on campus, Megan served as the student director of UNL's prestigious show choir, "The Big Red Singers", and was the music director of the institution's premier female a cappella group on campus, "Boots & Cats."
Megan currently serves as the Assistant Vocal Music Director and Director of Show Choirs at Millard South High School. She conducts the freshmen girls' choir, "Bella Voce", the Junior Varsity concert choir, "Cantori", Junior Varsity show choir, "Stage One", and Millard South's Varsity show choir, "South on Stage."
Megan recently accepted the position of Head Vocal Music Director of Millard North High School. She cannot wait to begin this new chapter of her life as a Mustang!
UNL alumnus Adam Fieldson (B.M., M.M., Vocal Performance) won Third Prize in the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition.
Now in its 18th year, the Lotte Lenya Competition is an international theater singing contest that recognizes exceptionally talented singer/actors, ages 19-32, who are dramatically and musically convincing in a wide range of repertoire, with a focus on the works of Kurt Weill. Since 1998, the Kurt Weill Foundation has awarded more than $700,000 in prize money to outstanding young performers and continues to support previous winners with professional development grants.
His credits include performances as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls and Galahad in A Connecticut Yankee at Ohio Light Opera Company, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at New York Opera Exchange and Jack in Into the Woods at Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Other performances include his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 as the tenor soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G presented by Manhattan Concert Productions. Adam is the 2012 winner of the Musical Theatre division of the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he performed the title role in Candide, Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo in Roméo et Juliette in UNL productions. Adam currently lives in NYC, but is planning a move to Minneapolis this summer to be closer to friends and family and join the city’s thriving arts community.