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.

Future Plans

At the April Honors Convocation and in a follow-up e-mails, we asked our students (both undergraduate and graduate) about their future plans. We will be updating this posting with that information. If you wish to be included, send an email to

Nathan Hudson: I'm extremely excited to announce that I have accepted the 5-12 instrumental teaching position at McCook Public Schools.

Hattie Bestul: This August I will begin my studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY to earn my Masters of Music in Music Performance and Literature, and for my Graduate Assistantship I will be a member of the Conducting Orchestra.

Sarah Cosano: I will be working this summer at the New York Bar as a guest jazz vocalist! The sets are Monday-Saturday in the heart of Tokyo, Japan.

Mike Foley: I just graduated and I’m going to be the new General Music teacher at McPhee Elementary with Lincoln Public Schools for this upcoming school year!

Zach ParisSummer -- Prepare for TA teaching duties at Arizona State University, practice new recital repertoire, teach private percussion lessons, and play as much as possible. Next Year -- Begin doctoral studies at Arizona State University. Future -- complete a DMA in percussion at ASU, pursue a college percussion instructor position, and continue to teach, perform, record, and compose music. 

Kaylene Diaz: This summer I will be traveling to Florence, Italy for Italian Brass Week. I received a Hixson-Lied Grant to assist with travel expenses. In the fall I will begin my first full season as second horn with Lincoln's Symphony.

Kathleen CampbellMy future plans are to teach K-5 music at West Bay Elementary in Elkhorn, NE for the 2016-2017 school year.

A.J. Burgess: This summer I will be working as the Assistant Director of the Junior Boys Division at Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan before returning for my second year of graduate studies.

John KoschOver the summer, I plan to stay involved in Lincoln, working with the Lincoln Southwest drumline, playing with my band Velveteen, and accompanying several events such as Cornhusker Boys State/Girls State, UNL Show Choir Camp and Nebraska All-State Vocal Jazz. I must also start preparing for this fall as I begin my job as the 4-12 instrumental music teacher at Elm Creek Schools. Over the next several years I am very excited to help this promising program grow and provide more students with enjoyable and rewarding experiences!

Katelyn Geary: From May 18th-July 23rd, I will be attending the La Musica Lirica Summer Program in Novafeltria, Italy. I got the role of Annina in La Traviata. Other students who are going: Alfonzo Cooper Jr., Jesse Wohlman and Leana Wolt. Bill Shomos is also going to direct Falstaff. Additionally, I will be starting an MABA in August with the CBA here at UNL, in order to pursue a career that will work simultaneously with my intended career in Opera Performance.

Andrew PaulsonAndrew Paulson is currently the Worship and Music Director at Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Fairmont, MN. He is responsible for planning and coordinating multiple worship services, directing ensembles, and serves as the head pianist/organist. Paulson also maintains a private piano/organ/percussion studio in Fairmont.

Sam Hartley

Sam Hartley

Sam Hartley, who studied voice, acting and musical theatre at UNL, is in a touring production of Beauty and the Beast and he is the Beast in this video.

Lauren -- a brave, upbeat 11-year-old cancer survivor -- never let her diagnosis bring her down. Watch as she gets the surprise of a lifetime and hangs out with the crew of Beauty and the Beast at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.
Rhonda Fuelberth

Rhonda Fuelberth

Congratulations to Rhonda Fuelberth, Associate Professor of Music Education, who was named as the North Central Division-ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) President-elect. Fuelberth will take office on July 1, 2016.

Joseph Curaile

Joseph Curiale

Joseph Curaile, a UNL graduate -- MM in Composition (2009) -- received his PhD from the University of Minnesota. He now teaches in Singapore.

Curaile just returned from Prague where he conducted an entire concert of his compositions with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, which included his Masters thesis "The Great Plains" which he wrote while at UNL. He added, "It was the hit of the concert. Believe it or not, two friends from Nebraska flew to Prague to attend the concert, and I wore my University of Nebraska jacket in their honor and that of my thesis."
Max Stehr Bird's Words and Lennie's Lessons: Using or Avoiding Patterns in Bebop

Max Stehr

Third-year DMA Jazz Studies student Max Stehr’s poster, Bird's Words and Lennie's Lessons: Using or Avoiding Patterns in Bebop, was one of the winners for Arts and Humanities during the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring 2016 Research Fair poster competition.

The poster competition involved over 40 faculty and postdoc reviewers who rated student posters on the basis of their research scholarship.

Emily Roach

Emily Roach

Emily Roach, a first-year Master of Music student, won the West Central Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA) competition at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. She will represent the region (NE, KS, CO and WY) at the national competition in Chicago this July. Roach is a student in Assistant Professor of Voice Jamie Reimer’s studio.

NATSAA is a biennial competition. Roach is the second regional winner from UNL (both from Reimer's studio) in the past four years. The last regional winner was Kayla Wilkens, who went on to place 2nd nationally and receive the Most Promising Singer award at the national NATS conference in Boston in 2014. Roach's pianist is Dr. Denis Plutalov (UNL ’08). He also accompanied Wilkens throughout the 2014 NATSAA competition.

David von Kampen

David von Kampen

Following the success of their musical "Puddin' and the Grumble," Nebraska playwright Becky Boesen and Lecturer in Theory and Literature/composer David von Kampen will premiere their latest work, "Catherland," at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Hardin Hall Auditorium, 33rd and Holdrege streets. Free tickets can be reserved here.
David von Kampen

David von Kampen

Lecturer in Theory and Literature David von Kampen was honored as the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Distinguished Composer of the Year for his work, Under the Silver and Home Again, at the Awards Brunch during the 2016 MTNA National Conference San Antonio, Texas. 

Mark Nealeigh

Mark Nealeigh

Mark Nealeigh was recently given a Duane E. Johnson Outstanding Service Award from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association.

Awards Coordinator Nate Metschke had this to say at the banquet: “Our second recipient is always busy organizing all of the facility, equipment, instrument and technology needs for the NSBA Convention.  This is no small task and fortunately Mark Nealeigh, the UNL Glenn Korff School of Music's Building Use/Equipment/Inventory Support Associate is up to the job. He's the person behind the scenes that most of you don't know about who makes sure NSBA happens before the swarm of band directors ever arrives in Lincoln. As the convention proceeds, he works extra hours to trouble-shoot emergencies and put out the fires that inevitably occur from the first Intercollegiate Band Rehearsal through the last group of the Concert Band Festival. Mark is a musician himself, a percussionist who holds a BME from the Glenn Korff School. This uniquely qualifies him for this duty, as he understands our specific needs down to the letter almost innately. It's said of some jobs that if they're done well you won't even know the person responsible is there. Well tonight we all know Mark is here for us, and we thank him for it! Thank you Mark for your selfless service to NSBA!”



William Shomos Donna Harler-Smith

William Shomos and Donna Harler-Smith

The TADA Theatre presents the musical “Man of La Mancha” for a two-week period beginning April 21.

Playing the role of Don Quixote will be William Shomos, Richard H. Larson Distinguished Professor of Music (voice) and director of opera at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. UNL's Professor of Voice Donna Harler-Smith will also be in the show. Playing opposite Dr. Shomos is TADA Musical Director Cris Rook in the role of Aldonza. Other cast members are Neal Stenberg, Harold Scott, Tom Westfall, Darin Anderson, Ken Killman, Elysia Arntzen, Jasmine Magner, Bill Maltas, Mark Taylor Feit, Terry Clements, Daniel Magner, Chris Lofgreen and Mark A. Mesarch.

Winner of the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical, “Man of La Mancha” has enjoyed four Broadway revivals and become one of musical theatre’s most beloved works. The musical is on stage April 21 – May 1 at The TADA Theatre, 701 P St., with 7:30 p.m. curtain times Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays. For reservations, call (402) 438-TADA (8232) or Tickets are $18, student tickets are $15.