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.

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.

Learn more:

David von Kampen

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.

The piece can be heard here: and is available from Graphite Publishing:
Kevin Hanrahan

Kevin Hanrahan

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 NMEA!

Welcome to everyone on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus for the Nebraska Music Education Association conference! 

Craig Fuller

Craig Fuller

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.

Greg Simon (Center)

Greg Simon

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”. 

Esti Sheinberg

Esti Sheinberg

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.

Pictured are some of the cast of Evil Dead The Musical making its Lincoln premiere at TADA Oct. 26 (l-r) Laura Lynn Schafer, Michael Tully, Chloe Schwarting, Soren Tobey and Josh Schafer. Photo credit Megan Rook

Michael Tully

TADA Productions, Inc. proudly presents Evil Dead The Musical opening a three-week run at the award-winning TADA Theatre on Oct. 26th at 7:30 pm. starring Glenn Korff School of Music Alum Michael Tully. 

Evil Dead The Musical takes the elements of the cult classic horror films and combines them all for one of the craziest, funniest, and campiest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. You don’t need to be a fan of Evil Dead to love this show. You don’t need to be a fan of horror to love this show. You don’t even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. If you like having fun…this show is for you. Is it scary?  No! Is it gory? No. This is a pure comedy start to finish. Plus, it’s the only show with a “Splatter Zone” – a section of the audience that gets covered in fake blood.  And with this combination of blood, jokes, cheesy effects, and really awesome musical numbers, Evil Dead The Musical is unlike any live show a theatre audience has ever seen.

Tully stars as Ash in this Lincoln premiere production. Dr. Tully earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UNL in 2013 and has found success in a wide range of vocal styles in a career that has taken him from the world of opera, oratorio and art song, to jazz, blues, music theatre, and acappella. He is thrilled to be returning to TADA after appearing in such roles as Smudge in Forever Plaid, Gaston in Disney’s, Beauty and the Beast, Anthony in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Fonzie in Happy Days: A New Musical. 

Additional cast members include Chloe Schwarting, Laura Lynn Schafer, Soren Tobey, Josh Schafer, Chris Harroun, Daniel Peters and Dick Terhune. Evil Dead The Musical is directed by Robert D. Rook, musical direction by Cris Rook, choreography by Laura Lynn Schafer, musical arrangements by Bill Strongin, stage management by Ariana Miller, scenic painting and props by Jenna Williamson, costume coordination by Liz Lohse, make-up design by Cathy Rook and stage carpentry by Michael Fortkamp. The production is sponsored by Ace Rent To Own and The Nebraska Lottery. Evil Dead The Musical contains adult humor, language and zombies.

Evil Dead The Musical is on stage at The TADA Theatre at 701 P Street in Lincoln, Nebraska’s Historic Haymarket October 26-Nov. 12 with 7:30 pm curtain times Thursday-Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sundays. A special late-night performance will take place at 11:00 pm on Saturday November 4th and a special Halloween performance will take place on Tuesday, October 31 at 8:00 pm that will include a costume contest. Reservations are encouraged by calling (402) 438-TADA (8232) or on-line Tickets are $20.00, and $15.00 for the late and Halloween shows. The TADA Theatre also offers V.I.P. reserved parking on show dates in the West Depot parking lot for its patrons. For details contact The TADA Theatre box office.

William White

William White

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the selection of trombonist William White as the LSO Young Artist Winner for the 2017–18 season.

White, currently a sophomore studying trombone performance under Dr. Scott Anderson at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music, will perform the third movement of Rota’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“We are thrilled to work with William this season, and to feature him as a soloist at both our holiday concerts in December,” said Edward Polochick, Music Director of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. “It was such a pleasure to hear such a fine group of young musicians audition at the Young Artist Competition this year. It is a tribute to the educators in our community that the level of talent was so high.” 

As winner of the LSO Young Artist Competition, White receives the title of LSO Young Artist Winner for the 2017–18 season, publicity exposure, a private rehearsal and coaching from LSO Resident Conductor, Dr. Tyler White, solo performances at LSO’s performances on December 3, 2017, and a $500 cash prize.

Twelve high school and college music students participated in LSO’s Young Artist Competition this year, which is funded in part by the J. Edmund & Thelma D. Miller Fund at the Lincoln Community Foundation. The competition requires that applicants be 20 years old or younger and perform a movement of a concerto on their instrument in a formal audition. Past Young Artist Competition winners include Kevin Cheng, pianist from the University of Nebraska at Kearney; Isabella Amador, violinist from Omaha; Lukas McIlhaney, flutist from Wahoo; Jennifer Ahn, violinist from Westside High School; and Nicholas May, saxophonist from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Young musicians interested in entering next year’s Young Artist Competition may apply beginning in July 2018. More information may be found at

Founded in 1927, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra has a mission to present inspiring experiences that welcome all members of our community to discover and cultivate a profound, personal connection with live orchestral music. For more information about Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, call 402.476.2211 or visit

About William White

William White is a sophomore studying music performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music. He began playing the trombone in the sixth grade as part of his school district's band programs. In high school, William was a four-year Iowa All-State participant, occupying principal spots in the All-State Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band. William began studying with Dr. Scott Anderson at Nebraska during his sophomore year of high school, and started to perform with the Nebraska Trombone Ensemble later that same year. William made his professional debut with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in 2016 at the age of 17, when he substituted for their principal player. Currently, he is on the substitute musician list for the Omaha, Lincoln, and Des Moines symphony orchestras. William is a founding member of the Johnny Manhattan Orchestra, Lincoln's premier dance band. In his time at Nebraska, he has been the principal trombonist of both the Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra, as well as 2nd trombone in the Jazz Orchestra. In the future, William hopes to occupy a trombone position with a major symphony orchestra.