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.

Marques Garrett

Marques Garrett has been offered and has accepted the position as our newest Assistant Professor of Music in Choral activities.

Hayley Shoemaker

Hayley Shoemaker

Hayley Shoemaker (MM student) has been awarded 3rd Prize in the international Great Composers Competition Best Bach Performance category. Winners were announced on March 21, 2018, J. S. Bach’s 333rd birthday.

ACDA Conference and Gala

Eighteen University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music dance students, along with faculty Susan Ourada and Hye-Won Hwang, traveled to the American College Dance Association-North Central Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from March 21-25, 2018. The Association is designed to bring passion in dance to our colleges and to each other.

This year, there were a wide variety of master classes, informal performances, presentations, and many opportunities for student and faculty exchanges in and out of the studio. In addition, there were five adjudication concerts at the conference. Forty-seven dance pieces from 26 universities were presented at the adjudication concerts. Among them, 12 pieces were selected for the gala, and both the UNL dance students’ pieces were selected for the gala. Congratulations to all the students and these two outstanding choreographers, Jordan Reanne Patt and Kennedy Rolfes.  

Presentation Performance

Follow the Baton Presentation

Thanks for an amazing, informative presentation and for the wonderful performance! 

Alan and Jackie Mattingly

Husker Horn Studio

The Husker Horn Studio will travel to the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR March 16-18 to attend the MidSouth Horn Conference.  During this event, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be represented in many ways:

  • Faculty members Alan and Jacqueline Mattingly will give a world-premiere performance for two horns and piano by UNL alum Daniel Baldwin entitled “A Place of Color and Silence.”  Daniel wrote this beautiful, lyrical piece for the Mattingly's and they are honored to premiere it at this event.  
  • The Husker Horn Choir will perform “Big Sky Country” by Daniel Baldwin on the final concert Sunday afternoon (March 18).  Daniel put together a nice video of us performing it a few years ago.  It can be viewed on YouTube at
  • Five members of the Husker Horn Studio will compete in the solo competition, the high horn excerpt competition, and the low horn excerpt competition.
  • Alan Mattingly will judge the 1st round of the graduate student solo competition.
  • Jackie Mattingly will judge the 2nd round of the high school solo competition.
  • Alan Mattingly will perform an arrangement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 (movement 1) in the Faculty artist Ensemble.
Pearl Shangkuan, Andre Thomas, Andrew Last and Matthew Oltman

Matthew Oltman and Andrew Last

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music was very well represented at TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) with TWO of the four All-State conductors as alums (Matthew Oltman and Andrew Last)! The other two were Andre Thomas and Pearl Shangkuan, both titans in the choral world. 

Jared Hiscock

Jared Hiscock

Our own Jared Hiscock will be performing at Southern Adventist University. Read more:

Kyle Cartwright

Kyle Cartwright

Alum Kyle Cartwright has been named Executive Director of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Cartwright will carry out NCE’s mission and play a vital role in fundraising activities. The new role went into effect on January 1, 2018.

Cartwright has an extensive background in the arts and in administration. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Nebraska– Lincoln and has worked with the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Lincoln Community Foundation and the Lied Center for Performing Arts in administrative and fundraising capacities.

“The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is the perfect opportunity for me to blend my passion for community with my love for the arts and humanities,” says Cartwright. “I look forward to sharing the stories of Nebraska’s cultural institutions and working to make a lasting impact on their ability to do the great work they do.” 

Anthony Bushard Stanley Kleppinger

Anthony Bushard & Stanley Kleppinger

Faculty members Anthony Bushard and Stanley Kleppinger both had papers selected for the MaMI (Music and the Moving Image) conference at the NYU Steinhardt School on May 24-27.

Bushard's paper: "What the Image Allows:" Thomas Newman, Aaron Copland, and a Question of Influence. 

Kleppinger's paper: "The Copland Sound" as Object Appropriation

Conference page link:

Brian Jeffers

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.