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.

Kurt Knecht

Here is what I’m up to:

Premiere of a new clarinet and flute duo entitled, “Three pieces in three styles” at the International Clarinet Society conference July 30-Aug. 3, Baton Rouge.

Performance of “Esa Enai El Heharim” by University of Southern California Chamber Singers, Jo-Michael Scheibe, conductor at the World Choir Symposium in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 6-13, and in several concerts in China.

Premiere of “Romance and Tarantella” for organ by Chris Marks at the national convention of the Organ Historical Society in Syracuse, NY Aug 11-14

Premiere of new cello sonata at NMTA State conference at Wayne State College in Nebraska, Oct. 23.

Clark Potter

I will be the featured guest artist/performer for the Chamber Music Week at the Csehy Summer School of Music at Houghton College in Houghton, NY during the week of July 1-5. As part of the festival I will give a solo recital with Dr. Benjamin Harding, piano, of Cairn University and coach chamber groups.

Glenn Nierman

I was one of three featured panelists at a Congressional Briefing today (Thursday).  Here is the press release from the day, and there is a complete video on our hour-long briefing:

We spoke to a packed house in the Canon Building across from the Capitol.

Canès Nicolas

I've been invited to teach at a Summer Music Camp in Cange, Haiti from July 13-July 28.

Jennifer Harazin

I'm a music education major (I just finished sophomore year). This summer, I have been working for my school system in Fairfax, Virginia. Currently, I am assisting a Fairfax County School System program called Instruments For All. We collaborate with a local music store to provide affordable rental instruments to students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch. As our school year is finally coming to a close, we are collecting the instruments from the schools and sending them in for repairs. Next week, I will also begin my third year working at the Frost/Robinson Summer Band Camp as a clarinet instructor. Once that camp ends, I will also be assisting at the FCPS Institute For The Arts, a summer program with a variety of music, drama, dance, and visual art classes.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson will perform in the trombone section with the Des Moines Symphony on their annual 4th of July Concert. Anderson has been playing with the Symphony since his undergraduate days in the early 1980s. 

Karissa Van Liew

I am a senior Music Education major from Lincoln, Nebraska.  This summer, I am doing a Cultural Exchange Internship in Southeast Asia for two months.  I came at the end of May and will be here until the end of July.  I am working on an ethnomusicology research project of an Asian minority group.  The music culture of the minority group is fascinating!  I am making observations of their natural music environment, interviewing people, and reading books/journal articles about the culture.  The project will result in paper about the people group's music and how foreigners are affected by the music and how we have influenced their music.   

I am also taking lessons on a traditional Asian string instrument, which has been a fun, yet challenging experience, especially since my lessons have to be translated into English.  Once a week, I go out to a countryside village school and help teach English to elementary students.  I have also spent a sizable amount of time at an American-run coffee shop, which acts as a place of cultural exchange in the city.  While I have been there, I have helped put on English-teaching activities using music and performed Western-style music on my flute.  And of course, I am spending a lot of time building friendships with the locals.  

I have really enjoyed my time in Southeast Asia learning about the music, being immersed in the culture, and meeting new friends!  Overall, I am loving my time overseas.  This internship has given me a greater idea of what ethnomusicology looks like, how it works, and how it is beneficial in the music field.  Yet, I think what has been most enjoyable is meeting the locals, building friendships, and exchanging with one another about our different cultures.

Marcelo Lian

This coming Friday I'm leaving for Michigan, where I'm on the piano faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. It is my second summer working there and I love it! The surroundings are incredibly beautiful and I get to teach piano and perform some chamber music with colleagues. 

Nicholas Raimondi

I am taking summer classes while working part-time for most of this summer. As a drum major for the Cornhusker Marching Band, I am also planning meetings with other leadership members so we can begin laying out the groundwork for the coming season. I am also going to be a counselor for UNL High School Marching Band camp, where I will be working with high school drum majors from around Nebraska. Following this, I will be traveling to Eastern Illinois University for the Smith Walbridge Clinics Drum Major camp, which I have been involved with for six years now.

Jeffrey McCray

I am currently teaching at the Summer Bassoon Extravaganza at Emory University in Atlanta GA.  I am also preparing to compete at the NPC Masters Nationals Bodybuilding Championships in Pittsburgh PA on July 19.