Glenn Korff School of Music appoints endowed professors, chair

Glenn Korff School of Music appoints endowed professors, chair

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Clockwise from upper left:  Diane Barger, Tom Larson, Alan Mattingly and Jamie Reimer Seaman.
Clockwise from upper left: Diane Barger, Tom Larson, Alan Mattingly and Jamie Reimer Seaman.

Lincoln, Neb.--The Glenn Korff School of Music has announced the appointments of three new endowed professors and one endowed chair, effective this fall, following approval by Chancellor Ronnie Green and the Board of Regents.

The appointees are:
• Alan Mattingly as the Glenn Korff Chair of Music.
• Diane Barger as the Ron & Carol Cope Professor of Music.
• Jamie Reimer Seaman as the Richard H. Larson Distinguished Professor of Music.
• Tom Larson as the Steinhart Foundation Distinguished Professor of Music.

“These professorships recognize the collective and continuing accomplishments of our faculty,” Mattingly said. “They also represent a strong commitment from patrons who understand and appreciate the quality teaching and research that occurs every day within the Glenn Korff School of Music.”

Mattingly has taught at UNL since 2006. He is professor of horn and the interim director of the Glenn Korff School of Music. He has served as assistant director of the Glenn Korff School of Music since 2018. He teaches the applied horn studio, conducts the Husker Horn Choir and performs with the Moran Woodwind Quintet and Faculty Brass Quintet. He has traveled the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, Russia, Australia and the Czech Republic as a performer and clinician, with major performances at conventions of the International Horn Society, International Trumpet Guild, International Brass Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. An advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered more than 20 new works for brass and woodwind quintets, horn solo and horn octet. 

Mattingly currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the International Horn Competition of America, is founder and president of the International Horn Quartet Competition, and for many years, was the area representative coordinator for the International Horn Society. His students consistently perform well at horn competitions and auditions, and many have gone on to win orchestral posts and teaching positions at the public school and university levels.

Mattingly received his Doctor of Music and Master of Music in horn performance from the Florida State University and his Bachelor of Music in horn performance from the University of Alabama.

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Barger is professor of clarinet and a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet, a position she has held since 1994. She has received the 2013 Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities and the 2001 Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished College Teaching Award. 

She is principal clarinet of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and is president of the International Clarinet Association (ICA). She has also served the ICA as Nebraska State Chair (2010-2020), Pedagogy Chair (2016-2018), Artistic Director of the 2012 ClarinetFest, Treasurer (2004-2010) and Coordinator of the High School Solo Competition (2003-2005). 

Barger is an active soloist and chamber musician, masterclass clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and abroad. With the Amicitia Duo, a clarinet duo with Denise Gainey from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Barger has toured in Florida, Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. The duo released their debut CD, “Play Pretty” in 2020 showcasing music written specifically for the Amicitia Duo for E-flat and B-flat clarinet instrumentation. 

Barger received the Doctor of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Florida State University. She completed the Graduate Certificate in Performance and Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.

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Reimer Seaman, who is the area head for voice, has performed in opera, oratorio and recital venues around the United States, Italy, Germany, Brazil and Australia. 

With a particular interest in contemporary American art song, Reimer Seaman’s research focuses on the life and work of composer Robert Owens. In 2012, she gave the world premiere of Owens’ “4 Sonnets to Eleonora Duse,” composed for her voice, and performed the role of Ursula in the North American premiere of his opera, “Culture! Culture!” in 2015. 

Reimer Seaman’s work has been published in the Journal of Singing and Pan Pipes, and she is a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and abroad, for conferences of the National Opera Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Festival 500: The Phenomenon of Singing, the International Symposium for Performance Science and the International Congress of Voice Teachers. 

Reimer Seaman earned the Doctor of Musical arts and Master of Music degrees at UNL and a Bachelor of Music at Hastings College. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society, National Opera Association and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.

For more on Reimer Seaman, visit

Larson teaches composition, emerging media and digital arts in the Glenn Korff School of Music. He is also Director of Jazz Studies and serves as Music Director and Composer in Residence for the UNL Faculty Jazz Ensemble. In 2020, he received the Hixson-Lied Junior Faculty Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activity.

Before becoming a faculty member at UNL, Larson was the co-owner of Studio Q Recording in Lincoln, producing music for TV and radio advertising, industrial videos and documentary films. Among his credits are the scores for three documentaries for the PBS American Experience series: “In the White Man’s Image,” “Around the World in 72 Days” and “Monkey Trial,” which won a 2002 Peabody Award. One of his most recent film scores was for “The Art of Dissent” for Foxhollow Films, which won the Best Feature Documenary Award at the 2020 Big Apple Film Festival.

As a recording engineer, Larson has worked on numerous projects as tracking, mixing, and/or mastering engineer for artists including Paul Barnes, Jackie Allen, Hans Sturm, Francois Rabbath, Diane Barger, Hannah Huston, and others.

He received his Bachelor of Music in composition from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music in composition from UNL.

For more on Larson, visit