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.
An article including Bob Fuson, a recent doctoral graduate.
The eclectic combination of banjo, saxophone and guitar brings audience members to assume Frailin’ Hearts is a Dave Matthews cover band. Rather, the band is a melting pot of genres, incorporating blues, folk and even pop music into their performances.
Dr. Joshua Zink has accepted a Full-Time faculty position at Middle Tennessee State University beginning in the fall 2016. Previously Dr. Zink served on the faculty at Doane University.
Dr. Zink is an experienced performer on stage, in concert and in recitals. His performance history includes operatic roles with: Opera New Jersey, Dayton Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Omaha, Pine Mountain Music Festival, and Opera America’s "Exploring American Voices.” He has sung with various orchestras in the United States. Particularly fond of song, he has performed Schubert’s Winterreise three times with the “Dean of American Accompanists” John Wustman.
He earned a D.M.A. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, M.M. from The University of Illinois, and B.M. from Bowling Green State University.
Today was the first day of school and the first day of my teaching career! I’m teaching K-5 General Music (Degree from UNL in Music Education in May '16 with French Horn as primary instrument) at West Bay Elementary in the Elkhorn Public Schools. Leading up to this day was multiple days of school and district meetings, a lot of planning and re-planning, and countless hours of classroom work, striving to make everything just right. As any teacher would be, I was nervous last night and after reading through my lesson plans at least twelve times, I decided the only thing left to do was go to sleep and wait anxiously for tomorrow. It turns out,, my first day of teaching was more than I could have ever hoped for. The students were all so welcoming and I had the opportunity to get these students singing on the first day of school. The smiles I saw as we sang each song throughout the day were priceless. Nothing beats hearing the giggles and listening to 24 first graders sing along to Pete the Cat. But by far the best moment of the day was the little girl in first grade, who coincidentally was named Campbell, whispering “You’re a star” to me as she walked out of her first day of music class. I can’t wait to come back and do this all over again for the rest of my life!
Student Emily Freeman presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, August 10th, on the topic of Handel’s “Messiah” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Freeman spent the summer compiling a history of “Messiah” performances at the University, using programs, newspaper articles, and performance recordings from the Glenn Korff School of Music Library archives. Handel’s “Messiah” was an annual tradition which began in 1896 under the direction of Carrie Belle Raymond at the University of Nebraska. This oratorio has been performed in part upwards of 89 times in the history of the School of Music, and many programs and recordings are available for viewing/streaming through the Music Library “Image & Multimedia Collections” database.
John Bailey, Richard H. Larson Distinguished College Professor of Music, is at the National Flute Association's annual national convention, August 11-14, this year in San Diego, CA, where he is Program Chair. The convention lasts 4 days and has 3000 attendees this year.
I will present at the Policy Commission Pre-Conference seminar of ISME in Birmingham UK on Wednesday July 20. My paper is entitled: “Considering Field Experience Effectiveness in Preparing Educators to Teach in Tomorrow’s Music Classrooms.” I discuss several developments and innovations at UNL and in Lincoln such as our composition methods course, popular musicianship course, or the growth of music technology and guitar classes in local high schools. The problem, however, is the preparation for teaching in such places requires more than merely personal musicianship or UNL courses. It is necessary that our future music teachers have experience actually teaching such classes in schools to children.
Secondly, I was recently elected to the editorial board of Contributions to Music Education, a respected national peer-reviewed research journal printed by the Ohio Music Educators Association.
Timothy Madden, a current student of Donna Harler-Smith, received second place in the Tier II (student) division of the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition in Oakland, California on Saturday, June 25th. Timothy was one of seven finalists selected for the Tier II competition from a field of over 150 applicants. (Photo by Omri Shir)
Garreth A. Soto, a Senior, Bachelor of Music; Vocal Performance Major, has been accepted into the final round of the solo competition of the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy. The finals will take place in Vipiteno, Italy on July 11 and they are open to the public.
Cameron Dobson, a senior Bachelor of Music voice major, has been accepted into the final round of the solo competition of the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy. The finals will take place in Vipiteno, Italy on July 11 and they are open to the public.
Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellow in Choral Music Matthew Oltman talked with Rick Alloway and his KRNU Campus Voices program in early May.