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.

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.

Bob Fuson

Bob Fuson

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.
Joshua Zink

Joshua Zink

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.  

Kathleen Campbell West Bay Elementary

Kathleen Campbell

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!

Emily Freeman UCARE Poster

Emily Freeman

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

John Bailey

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.