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.
We will have a booth at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference next week in San Antonio. Be sure to stop by booth CF35!
Rebecca Fischer and her husband, Anthony Hawley, had a great performance experience at National Sawdust's 2017 Ferus Festival in early January.
With their new collaboration called "The Afield" (website: http://www.theafield.com/) they were invited to participate in the Ferus Festival, which focuses on new media explorations. They performed part of the program they previously presented at the Carson Theater, and two of the composers, Paola Prestini and Lisa Bielawa, were in attendance.
National Sawdust is Brooklyn's hottest new performance space, and there are events taking place there every night.
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Professor of Cello Karen Becker's performance of Laurence Sherr’s piece, premiered by Becker and pianist Jay Mauchley in Kimball Recital Hall at the University of Nebraska two years ago, has been selected for this "Performance Today" on NPR. It will air today.
The performance to air is from June 2015 at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana.
"Although this is my first time to be selected for this program as a soloist, I have to say I’m particularly excited because of the piece that was selected," Becker said. "Composer Laurence Sherr lives in Atlanta and teaches composition and a course on the Holocaust at Kennesaw State University. His inspiration for this piece is based on his research of songs written during the Holocaust—melodies written by survivors of the Holocaust—those who were part of the resistance and others in the Ghettos and concentration camps. In fact, the translations of the Yiddish title Mir Zaynen Do! is “We Are Here!” It is a very powerful."
The performance will air during the second hour of "Performance Today". It airs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Central) on 91.1 FM in Lincoln. It can also be heard on this website: http://www.yourclassical.org/programs/performance-today/episodes/2017/01/13
Alum Andrew Last was recently appointed as conductor of the Luther College Nordic Choir. Currently assistant professor of Music, Last will begin his new duties as director of choral activities at the beginning of the 2017 fall semester.
During his graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Last worked as the conductor of the Big Red Singers and the City Campus Choir in addition to his roles as assistant conductor of the University Singers, camp director for the Nebraska Show Choir Camp and contest director for the Midwest Cup. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska.
Read the full release from Luther College: https://www.luther.edu/headlines/?story_id=739476
William White is a finalist for the Arapahoe Philharmonic Solo Competition in Colorado. He will perform the Fantasy by Paul Creston in the finals. White is a freshman Bachelor of Music trombone student.
Alum Kenny Baker is featured in the December issue of School Band and Orchestra magazine as one of 50 Directors who make a difference. Baker is at McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada.
Jazz Education Network Conference
We will have quite a presence at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in New Orleans this week.
The JEN Combo:
Jesse McBee, DMA Jazz Trumpet
Andrew Janak, DMA Jazz Composition (saxophone)
Chris Leach, DMA Jazz Trombone
Wataru Niimori, DMA Jazz Composition (piano)
Eric Hitt, BM Double Bass
Mike Roe, DMA Percussion
The combo performs from 5:00-5:50 onFriday, January 6th.
The following students are participating in the poster session:
Andrew Janak, DMA Jazz Composition (combo and poster session)
Jesse McBee, DMA Jazz Trumpet (combo and poster session)
Patrick Brown, DMA Jazz Saxophone
Sarah Cosano, DMA Saxophone
The poster session is from 2:00-4:00 on Friday, January 6th.
The following student is presenting a research paper:
Max Stehr, DMA Jazz Bass
The research paper presentation is from 1:30-1:55 on Thursday, January 5th.
Alum Nathan LeFeber is featured in the December issue of School Band and Orchestra magazine as one of 50 Directors who make a difference. LeFeber is at Kearney High School.
We will be hosting a booth at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago next week. Anyone (students, potential students, faculty and alumni) attending the event is encouraged to stop by and say hi and learn more about the Glenn Korff School of Music. We will be in booth 1937.