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.

William White

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.

Kenny Baker

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.

Nathan LeFeber

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.

Midwest Clinic

Midwest Clinic

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. 

Elizabeth Grunin

Elizabeth Grunin

DMA student Elizabeth Grunin recently was accepted to present at an international forum about the composer, Mieczysław Weinberg, whose works she focused her document on. The forum/conference will be happening in Moscow, Russia in February of 2017. Grunin will be graduating in December of 2016.

The abstract for the document reads: The purpose of this study is to discuss the influences, structure, characteristics, and techniques of performance, encountered in the solo works for cello, composed by Mieczysław Weinberg. 

For more information about the forum, click on the links below:

Jennifer Reeves (far right) and other members of clarinet quartet, Hijinx.

Jennifer Reeves

Three days after performing for UNL’s Graduate Concerto Competition and being selected as a winner, clarinetist Jennifer Reeves (DMA Candidate) traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) National Conference for which she received two peer-reviewed invitations to present her work. On October 29 Reeves gave her lecture, “Dreams are Made of These: A Look at Collaboration Outside of the Music Box,” which discussed her process of creating an interdisciplinary arts collaboration between clarinet quartet and visual media. Reeves also performed a recital with her clarinet quartet, Hijinx. The group presented a new collaboration with multimedia titled Introspective. Shiana Montanari, a current doctoral student at UNL, clarinetist, and photographer/videographer for Hijinx, provided the multimedia aspect of the Hijinx collaboration. Montanari, along with Lucas Willsie (UNL alumnus, MM 2015), was also in attendance at the conference, and both performed with the quartet. Founded in 2015, Hijinx was created to present collaborations alongside other artistic disciplines while exploring original music for clarinet quartet. The quartet will present Introspective for their first performance tour January 29 – February 4, 2017. Their bookend performances of this tour will be presented at Doane University on January 29 and UNL’s Midwest Clarifest on February 11, 2017. 

Nicholas Phillips (credit: Rob Davidson)

Nicholas Phillips

Nicholas Phillips, an Alum (BM, ’00) and former student of Paul Barnes, released his fourth CD recently. You can learn more about it here:

The disc was recorded at Yamaha Artist Services in New York, and Phillips is a Yamaha Artist.

Here’s a link to the iTunes album: and it is also available on CD Baby and Amazon.

It's physical release (on Amazon and Arkivmusic) is today.

Paul Barnes

Paul Barnes

WFMT: Impromptu:

In celebration of twenty years of collaboration with composer Philip Glass including four recordings, publications and commissioning of Glass’s Piano Concerto No.2 (After Lewis and Clark), pianist Paul Barnes, Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has released his twelfth CD “New Generations: The Etudes of Philip Glass and Music of the Next Generation.”

Philip Glass: From The Complete Piano Etudes (1991-2012) Etudes 8 & 11
Ivan Moody: Fioriture (2013)
Philip Glass: From Orphée Suite for Piano
II. Orphée’s Bedroom
IV. Orphie and the Princess

Richard Fountain

Richard Fountain

Alum Richard Fountain returns to Lincoln to play with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra on Friday, October 14. He is the LSO's principal pianist.