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.
Alum Brian Jeffers will be returning to the Aspen Opera Center this summer to perform as part of the Trio (Boy 1) in TROUBLE IN TAHITI. This one act opera will be presented as part of the 2018 celebration of Leonard Bernstein's birth centennial.
Welcome to the Glenn Korff School of Music Audition Days!
This past weekend, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music student Jordan Redd won the West Central Division of MTNA Young Artist Brass Competition. The competition itself takes place in rounds. In October, Redd won the state round when he competed against other players from the state of Nebraska. The next round is the regional round, which took place in Iowa City, Iowa this past weekend. There he competed against other brass players from the states in the West Central Region, which includes states like MO, NE, ND, SD, IA, etc... He will now be going to the last round which will take place in Lake Buena Vista, FL. There he will compete against the other regional winners to determine the national winner. Redd is working on earning his masters in horn performance from the GKSOM.
Jennifer Reeves is the new full-time Community Partnerships Manager at Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra. She recently earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Clarinet from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her experience there included serving on the Graduate Student Advisory Board and serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Diane Barger. She has excellent relationships with local music teachers, and is the Volunteer Coordinator for the International Clarinet Association's annual ClarinetFest conference.
Our own Garrett Hope has an article on newmusicbox.com -- Leveling Up, Part 1: The Business of Sheet Music
As I am wrapping up a recent commission for high school concert band, I am reflecting on my experience composing for educational instrumental ensembles. Writing music for these ensembles is deeply rewarding—primarily because they are eager to perform freshly composed music and are willing to try new things.
Angela Gilbert, Nathaniel Sullivan, Kayla Wilkens
Three recent graduates of the Glenn Korff School of Music have been selected National Semifinalists in the NATS Musical Theatre Competition, the first national competition for young artists performing musical theatre with live national finals in New York City.
Angela Gilbert, Nathaniel Sullivan and Kayla Wilkens are all in the top 24 moving on to the live competition in NYC in early January. All students studied musical theatre with Alisa Belflower during their tenure at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Adjudicators at all rounds of this competition include casting agents and managers from the top agencies in the industry in addition to veteran performers, coaches, and teachers.
David von Kampen
David von Kampen's "Here Among the Flowers" recently won the Cambridge Chamber Singers Composition Competition from over 400 entries in 30 countries. It will be performed twice in Boston in 2018.
The same piece was among 10 winners of the ORTUS International New Music Competition, from over 600 entries worldwide. It was performed by KHORIKOS in New York City in September.
From the blog, the Diction Police:
While I was at the International Congress of Voice Teachers this past summer, I happened upon a seminar given by an old friend of mine, Dr. Kevin Hanrahan, who is Associate Professor of Voice at the Glenn Korff School of Music of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Matthew Clegg, a DMA voice student at the same university. The seminar was entitled Benjamin Britten: A Study in Vocal Acoustics, and focused on Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, and A Charm of Lullabies for mezzo-soprano, looking into how the composer set the text, to see if the singer simply sang exactly as the text (specifically the vowels) as composed whether it would match the dynamics and expression that Britten intended. It was so fascinating that I asked him to share some of their findings with us!
Welcome to everyone on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus for the Nebraska Music Education Association conference!
Our own Craig Fuller will be featured for Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite on Sunday (November 19 at 2 p.m.) at the Joslyn Art Museum as part of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.
Aram Demirjian, conductor
Craig Fuller, tuba
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
HOLLOWAY: Europa and the Bull
TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker Suite
This delightful prelude to the holiday season opens with Prokofiev’s buoyant tribute to the Classical era. Principal tubist Craig Fuller offers a musical portrayal of Jupiter and his lustful hankering for the beautiful nymph, Europa. Tchaikovsky’s suite from The Nutcracker brings to musical life the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Waltz of the Flowers, and the lively Chinese, Arabian and Russian character dances.