The halls of the Westbrook Music Building are quiet as is most of the hustle and bustle in the world during this time. But, our faculty, staff, alumni, and students are still doing amazing things. Read about them here:

Nestor Pelayo

Nestor Pelayo

Sophomore Music Education Major Nestor Pelayo (Euphonium) recently won the Nebraska Wind Symphony Solo Competition. Pelayo is a student of Professor Craig Fuller. Pelayo will perform a solo with the Wind Symphony on July 3 at SumTur Amphitheater in Papillion, Nebraska.

Abby Kurth

Abby Kurth

Glenn Korff School of Music senior voice major Abby Kurth was awarded second place in the 2019 North American Vocal Competition, sponsored by music publisher Hal Leonard. Over 1,000 student entries were received in this year's annual competition. Kurth's award was in the collegiate music theatre category for male and female young adult voices. Competing with singers from Eastman, Juillard, the Manhattan School of Music and other prestigious schools of music, Kurth was judged the highest scoring female singer in the competition. 

Madeline Reddel

Madeline Reddel

Thank you for voting me as your ASUSN Hixson-Lied Fine and Performing Arts Senator! I enjoyed meeting many of you across all departments last week! My role is to bridge the gap between students and administration. In ASUN Student Government, my goals are to voice student concerns by creating student focused initiatives, working with administration to facilitate opportunities for collaboration between departments, promoting arts advocacy on campus, and more. I am excited to be your arts representative and solve pressing issues within our college! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me! My email is 

Marat Sanatullov

Marat Sanatullov

Marat Sanatullov has just been selected as a National Finalist in the Composition contest in the Concert Band division in the student composer category of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: The American Prize will be announcing winners in his division soon. 

Sanatullov graduated from the Glenn Korff School of Music with a DMA in Composition in 2018 as well as with an M.M. in Composition in 2014. The submitted work was his DMA Final Composition "Through my eyes: One immigrant's story" with its score and the recording of its premiere performed by our University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble and conducted by DMA Conducting Associate Christopher Brandt on March 7, 2018. This large-scale work is a first-hand narrative of my immigrant journey from Russia to America. Earlier, based on the same recorded performance, this composition was also awarded a Bronze Medal in Composition in the 2018 Global Music Awards international competitions.

Sanatullov's DMA advisor and primary composition teacher was Dr. Tyler White. He also studied with Prof. Tom Larson and Drs. Eric Richards and Gregory Simon. Sanatullov was awarded the 2018 Ida M. Vreeland Award in Music for Composition as a graduate composer. 


We asked our students (we will update as they reply): If you met someone who never listened to music before, which song would you have them listen to and why?

Sasha Smoot, Music Education
I would have someone who has never listened to music listen to, "Journey to the Cave" by Nicholas Hooper from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I chose this piece because I think it builds really well to the top of the piece and it encapsulates many different emotions. 

Cody Merrill, Music Education - Voice
The Sound of Silence, the Disturbed Cover (Originally written by Simon and Garfunkel)

Claire Boes, Music Education
If someone had never listened to music before, I would probably have them listen to Salvation is Created because I believe it really encompasses the feeling of listening to that piece of music that makes you really *feel*. It’s so full of hope and peace. 

Jade Thompson, BA in music
I would have them listen to Bohemian Rhapsody, it's a fun head banger.

Josh Williams, BA in music
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen, because it's upbeat and easy to get it stuck in your head!

Tremayne Perryman, Vocal Performance
Ave María by Chanticleer. I think it is one of the best blending of voices around. And objectively beautiful.

Sapphire Skye Toth, BM music composition
I would have them listen to Jacob Collier’s “Hideaway” because of its calming nature and the way any human can connect to it with pure emotion:

Jenna Lee, BME (piano)
Postcard Memories by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
This song has more of an acoustic vibe and easy to understand lyrics. I think the vibe it gives is pretty relatable to a lot of people as well!:

Cameron Stussie, Music Education
I would have them listen to “The Creation” by Willy Richter. It’s the song that made me realize I wanted to pursue a career in music, and I’m willing to think it would be able to move anyone that heard it. 

Shiana Montanari, DMA Clarinet Performance major
In the classical vein, I would have them listen to the second movement of Beethoven's 7th Symphony. I'm not sure why, but that one elicits more emotion from me every time than any other piece I've encountered thus far.

Aaron Jaapar, Music Education
If I were to introduce someone to music with one piece, I would choose Benjamin Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra."
Casey Allen, Music Education
This is a very difficult question because everybody's tastes are so different! 
I had the opportunity to perform Gabriel Fauré's Requiem in my sophomore year here at UNL, and it's a piece that I will continue to come back to again when I need to feel more peace in my life. I would recommend listening to this work in entirety, though the Offertory and Sanctus are my personal favorite movements. Fauré's treatment of the music in regards to the lyrics are so musically rich and light at the same time, painting a musical picture unlike any other I've heard or participated in. Performing this piece was a life changing experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Uriah Mata, Music Education 
I would have them listen to Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra because it is such a diverse song and can in a sense give them a "run down" on several feelings that music portrays: happy and upbeat, fast and chaotic, and slow and reflective, to name a few!
Daniel Ikpeama, MM Choral Conducting
I'd have them listen to At Last by Jukebox the Ghost because it is such a beautifully simple song that manages to pull at your heart through both the words and the music.
Husker Horn Choir

Husker Horn Choir

On Sunday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m., the Husker Horn Choir will perform a concert at Fellowship Community Church in Lincoln.  Featured on this concert will be some relatively new pieces, some movie themes that you will easily recognize, and even some Holiday favorites. Fellowship Community Church is located at 8601 Holdrege St. in Lincoln.

The next evening, November 19, the ensemble will perform on the Glenn Korff School of Music Brass Ensembles concert at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall.

On Wednesday, December 12 at noon, the horn choir performs a Holiday concert in the rotunda of the Nebraska Capitol Building. This will be a 45-minute concert of seasonal favorites, including an audience participation Sing-a-Long!

On December 31 at 7:00 p.m., the Husker Horn Choir will be the featured group on the First Plymouth Church Abendmusik concert series.  This New Year’s Eve event is part of the Plymouth Brass’ annual “Last Blast” concert.  First Plymouth is located at 2000 D St. in Lincoln. 

It’s not often you get to hear more than 20 French Horn players performing at the same time in the same place!  But that’s exactly what you get with the Husker Horn Choir.  The Husker Horn Choir is an extension of the Husker Horn Studio at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and consists of UNL horn students, non-majors, and community hornists.  This group performs approximately five concerts each year on the UNL campus, at local venues, and also a seasonal favorite -- the Holiday Horns concert at the Capitol Building.  The ensemble performs a wide range of works and transcriptions, from horn quartets to pieces written for 20 horns.

“We are incredibly excited to be part of the Last Blast New Year’s Eve concert!  Our performance will feature something for everyone, including an energetic fanfare by Gary Kuo, a beautiful arrangement of Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, and even a couple of blockbuster movie themes!”, said Dr. Alan Mattingly, professor of horn at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the director of The Husker Horn Choir.



Mackenzie Conroy, Jacob Welling and Macy Miller

Jacob Welling, Mackenzie Conroy, Macy Miller

Clarinetist  Jacob Welling, Sophomore BME, was declared the winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition-Woodwinds, State Level, this morning in Kearney. He will move on to the Division Level in January.
Along with Jacob Welling, clarinetists Mackenzie Conroy (junior BM) and Macy Miller (sophomore BME) won the State Level of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition with their clarinet trio, “Grenadilla Grove”. They will also advance to the Division Level in January.
Sean Lebita

Sean Lebita

Sean Lebita, a freshman piano major from Lincoln North Star and a student of Paul Barnes, just won the Nebraska state level of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artists Piano Competition.  He will compete against 7 other state winners for the West Central Division competition. 

"The competition nerves were really stressful, but I was mostly focused on making sure my repertoire was solid and solely focused on that," Lebita said. "My program was very physically intense, so eliminating the nerves was very important to not lock up unexpectedly. It felt exciting to win because I wanted to make sure that my set showed off everything I could do, which made it feel even more rewarding. Mostly my excitement comes from working on new repertoire, and recording the set soon for regionals."

John Bailey

John Bailey

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, Coro di Flauti, Lincoln’s community flute choir, will host flutists and flute choirs from several Nebraska schools and communities in an event called “FLUTE SALAD.” Events will start at 12:30 pm for participating flutists who register and include a few hours of rehearsal on three different pieces, followed by a 5:00 pm free will offering concert and reception, open to the public at First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th Street, Lincoln, NE. Doors open for the concert at 4:30 pm.

Guest coaches and conductors Dr. Christine Beard, Professor of Flute from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and Dr. John Bailey, Professor of Flute from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music, will work with participating flutists through the afternoon, practicing three pieces for the 5:00 pm concert that were chosen by Coro di Flauti, Wayne State College Flute Choir and UNK Flute Choir. After one run-through of the concert that afternoon, all flutists and flute choirs will perform together on the concert.

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Paul Barnes

Hyeyung Yoon and Paul Barnes's performance of Philip Glass’s Pendulum from the Celebration of Philip Glass in April at the Lied Center will be broadcast this Friday (August 3) on Performance Today in the first hour.