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.
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.
Assistant Professor of Composition and jazz trumpeter Greg Simon was a guest performer with the University of Michigan Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation faculty, featured with the Michigan Marching Band. The group performed in the halftime show for the Michigan vs. Minnesota game Saturday as part of the MMB’s show, “All That Jazz”.
A book faculty member Esti Sheinberg edited, Rethinking J.S. Bach's The Art of Fugue, was chosen in the U.K. as one of five core titles for 2016 in music.
Each quarter GOBI releases a segment of UK Core titles, involving UK subject-specialist bibliographers to select these titles from the new academic titles published in the United Kingdom. The profiling bibliographers select these titles for inclusion on the list using a complex selection process. The titles selected are carefully screened to identify major titles that will stand the test of time, which would be considered standard (core) works in any good undergraduate collection.
Jonathan Vusich & Cameron Berta
Senior Jonathan Vusich placed first and freshman Cameron Berta placed second in the Music Teacher's National Association Young Artist Competition that took place at the state conference of the Nebraska Music Teachers Association at Nebraska Wesleyan. Both are piano students of Paul Barnes. Vusich will compete at the division competition at the University of Iowa on Jan 12-14, 2018.