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.

(from left) Victoria Handford, Dakota Mathew, Liza Piccoli, Matthew Carter and Abby Kurth. Brittany Albin

Success at Hal Leonard North American Vocal Competition

Congratulations to these Glenn Korff School of Music students, who won recognition in music publisher Hal Leonard's 2017 North American Vocal Competition. 

2nd Place: Liza Piccoli
Honorable Mention: Matthew Carter
Finalists: Abby Kurth & Dakota Mathew
Semifinalists: Brittany Albin & Victoria Handford


Collaborative Benefit Concert

Hosted by Glenn Korff School of Music student Kate Johnson, a collaborative concert benefiting the ACLU, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the White Helmets (the Syrian civilian organization rescuing bombing victims) will take place Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the First-Plymouth Church; doors open at 6pm

Kate Johnson, soprano
Jennifer Novak Haar, pianist
Lupe Chairez, dancer
Ryler Dustin, poet
Lexi Raygor, violist
Andrew Barrett, guitarist
Hannah Bell, clarinetist

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In order to attend, show an electronic or printed donation receipt to one of the three organizations listed above (minimum of $5). There will also be a laptop outside of the chapel that can be used to make donations starting at 6pm. 

Tyler White David von Kampen

Tyler White and David von Kampen

Congrats to faculty Tyler White and David von Kampen!

They are two of the eight Nebraska artists recently selected as recipients of the Nebraska Arts Council’s 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship award in Performing Arts and Filmmaking. This prestigious program recognizes exemplary work by Nebraska artists on a three-year rotation between artistic disciplines: Literature, Performing Arts/Filmmaking and Visual Arts.

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Husker Horn Choir

The entire Husker Horn Studio will travel later this week to Cape Girardeau, MO for the MidSouth Horn Workshop, hosted by UNL alum Nicholas Kenney.  This workshop will have more than 300 horn players in attendance for a weekend of recitals, lectures, masterclasses, exhibits, and competitions.  Two horn quartets from Alan Mattingly's studio will compete in the quartet competition, six students will compete in the solo competition, three students will compete in the high orchestral excerpt competition, and one will compete in the low orchestral excerpt competition.  The studio will also perform two pieces on one of the horn choir recitals……one piece is arranged by horn student Taylor Mead and the other is arranged by Tony Falcone.

Justin Lepard

Alum Justin Lepard has been accepted and will attend the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) for his master of fine arts. 


College Music Society Great Plains Chapter Regional Conference

Welcome to everyone attending and presenting at the College Music Society Great Plains Chapter Regional Conference this weekend in Westbrook at the Glenn Korff School of Music! 

Melissa Hoag

Melissa Hoag Residency

Welcome Melissa Hoag, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music Theory, Oakland University (Rochester, MI) for a residency. She will present to a combined Master's Convocation/Doctoral Colloquium in Westbrook 130 at 3:30 p.m. today; Brahms and Distance: Accompanimental Strategies in the Lieder. 

Nebraska Intercollegiate Band

We have nine students taking part in the Nebraska Intercollegiate Band at NSBA. They include:

De Davis, flute/picc

Dalton Stout, oboe/Eng horn

Cody Robinson, Bb clarinet

Aaron Pettorini, horn

Sydney McGahan, trombone

Alex Crowley, trombone

Ian Nelson, trombone

Chris Goulet, percussion

Stephen Cantarero, double bass

Jennifer Son

Winner of Play with the Chiaras Audition - Jennifer Son

The judges of the Play with the Chiaras Audition, the Chiara Quartet, Christopher Marks, and William McMullen, are excited to announce that cellist Jennifer Son has been chosen has the winner of the audition. She will perform the monumental String Quintet in C Major by Franz Schubert on March 29th as part of Chiara Quartet’s Hixson-Lied Concert Series at Kimball Recital Hall. The alternate winner is clarinetist Hannah Bell, and violist Jordan Ellis has been awarded an honorable mention. 

Nebraska State Bandmasters Association

Nebraska State Bandmasters Association

A big welcome to everyone involved with the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association. We hope you have a great time and a great learning experience while at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!