Points of Pride lists faculty, student and alumni achievements. It is accumulated and produced three times a year, generally in January, March, and October.
Grants and Awards
The John W. Carson Foundation announced Nov. 4 a $1 million gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to create the Johnny Carson Opportunity Scholarship Fund. The permanently endowed scholarship fund will annually benefit students in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts who are graduates of high schools in Nebraska, with preference for students in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. The gift was announced following the Carson Lecture with "Mr. Baseball" Bob Uecker. Two members of the John W. Carson Foundation Board, Jeff Sotzing and Larry Witzer, were present for the announcement.
The University of Nebraska Foundation and Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts announced a major gift from James and Rhonda Seacrest Oct. 6. The Seacrests have made a contribution to the University of Nebraska Foundation to the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts to create the James C. and Rhonda Seacrest Program Excellence Fund as a permanent endowment supporting the College forever. The amount of the gift is not being disclosed. The Seacrest Program Excellence Fund will support all three departments in the College - the Department of Art and Art History, the School of Music and the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film - for activities and initiatives that promote student excellence, including but not limited to scholarships, fellowships, awards, travel, exhibitions and performances. The couple currently serves as Co-Chairs of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Campaign Committee.
Scott Anderson, Professor of Trombone, won an Outstanding Alumni Award in Music and Theatre from Iowa State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
UNL Bands were the co-recipients of the F. Lee Bowling Award for having the most participants selected by a nation-wide audition in the National Intercollegiate Band (NIB). The NIB convened as part of the 2011 Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Convention in Colorado Springs, Colo., in July.
Composer Jefferson Friedman's String Quartet No. 3, part of the Chiara String Quartet's Jefferson Friedman Quartets CD released this year on New Amsterdam Records, has been nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition from the Grammy® Awards. The 54th Grammy® Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at 7 p.m. CST on CBS. The Chiara String Quartet includes Rebecca Fischer and Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; and Gregory Beaver, cello. The Chiara have been in residence in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Music since 2005.
Francisco Souto, Associate Professor of Art, won honorable mention for his piece, "After Uno y el Universo Il" at the 2011 International Mezzotint Festival at the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Russia. This prestigious international competition is dedicated exclusively to the arts of mezzotint printmaking. More than 500 prints were submitted by more than 90 artists from 29 countries for the competition. Souto was invited to be a speaker for the 3rd Qijang International Print Festival in China in November.
Congratulations! School of Music senior Zach Smith, a political science and music major from East Troy, Wis., was awarded a prestigious Marshall Scholarship in November. Marshalls are supported by the United Kingdom's government to encourage young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the UK. Each year, up to 40 scholars are selected to receive these scholarships, which allow winners to spend two years at a British institution pursuing any area of study. Smith will attend the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
The following School of Music students placed in the Nebraska National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2011 Student Auditions in October:
- First Year Women: Angela Gilbert (2nd place), Kourtlin Churchman (finalist), Rebecca Duncan (finalist), Kaitlin Pearson (finalist), Gretchen Pille (finalist) and Anna Schoettger (finalist).
- First Year Men: Konnor Davis (2nd place).
- Sophomore Women: Chelsea McCaskill (1st place), Brette Petersen (finalist), Jenny Smith (finalist), Emily Solo (finalist), Megan Tantillo (finalist) and Rachael Washington (finalist).
- Sophomore Men: Jay Colwell (1st place), Keven Palu (2nd place), John Guastello (finalist), Nathan Sullivan (finalist) and Wyn Wiley (finalist).
- Junior Women: Hannah Kurth (1st place), Kendall Reimer (2nd place), Kamerin Churchman (3rd place), Hannah Lambert (finalist) and Sara Warner (finalist).
- Junior Men: Jon Sill (2nd place), Timothy Madden (3rd place), Tyler Gruttemeyer (finalist), Josh Huls (finalist), Brian Jeffers (finalist) and David Rubio (finalist).
- Senior Women: Allison Harvey (1st place), Melanie Holm (2nd place), Arica Coleman (3rd place) and Megan Milke (finalist).
- Senior Men: Sam Hartley (1st place).
- Graduate Men and Women: Adam Fieldson (1st place), Karina Brazas (2nd place), Katie Bramsen (3rd place), Deanna Davis (finalist) and Colby Walker (finalist).
The following School of Music students placed in the West Central NATS 2011 Student Auditions at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Ks., in November:
- First Year Women: Rebecca Duncan (tied 2nd place), Anna Schoettger (tied 2nd place), Gretchen Pille (4th place). Semi-finalists included Kourtlin Churchman, Angela Gilbert and Kaitlin Pearson.
- First Year Men: Konnor Davis (1st place).
- Sophomore Women: Chelsea McCaskill (2nd place), Jenny Smith (3rd place). Semi-finalists included Caitlin Kennedy, Audrey Nicholson and Emily Solo.
- Sophomore Men: Jay Colwell (1st place), John Guastello (3rd place), Nathaniel Sullivan (4th place).
- Honorable mention for Wyn Wiley.
- Junior Women: Sara Warner (1st place), Kendall Reimer (2nd place), Shani Daws (3rd place), Kamerin Churchman (tied 4th place) and Hannah Kurth (tied 4th place). Semi-finalists were Marjorie Huntley and Jaimie Pruden.
- Junior Men: Timothy Madden (2nd place), Tyler Gruttemeyer (4th place). Semi-finalists were Carey Brant, Brian Jeffers, David Rubio and Jon Sill.
- Senior Women: Allison Harvey (1st place), Arica Coleman (2nd place). Semi-finalists were Emily Carnes and Megan Milke.
- Senior Men: Sam Hartley (1st place).
- Graduate Women: Karina Brazas (1st place), Colby Walker (3rd place) and Katie Mozack-Bramsen (5th place).
- Graduate Men: Adam Fieldson (1st place).
- Non-traditional students: Jessie Cotton (3rd place).
- First Year and Sophomore Women in Musical Theatre: Rebecca Duncan (5th place). Semi-finalists were Kourtlin Churchman, Angela Gilbert, Caitlin Kennedy and Alexandra Tiller.
- First Year and Sophomore Men in Musical Theatre: Nathaniel Sullivan (1st place), Konnor Davis (2nd place) and Trent Buglewicz (3rd place). Nolan Henkle was a semi-finalist.
- Junior and Senior Women in Musical Theatre: Allison Harvey (1st place), Shani Daws (2nd place), Arica Coleman (3rd place), Kamerin Churchman (tied 4th place) and Hannah Kurth (tied 4th place). Semi-finalists were Melanie Holm, Jaimie Pruden and Sara Warner.
- Junior and Senior Men in Musical Theatre: Jon Sill (2nd place), Timothy Madden (3rd place) and David Rubio (4th place). Tyler Gruttemeyer was a semi-finalist.
In addition, Sam Hartley was named Singer of the Year, and Jaime Castellanos was named Collaborative Pianist of the Year at the West Central NATS 2011 Student Auditions.
John Bailey, Larson Professor of Flute, conducted the International Flute Orchestra (35 professional flutists and teachers) on tour in Turkey in May, giving concerts in Istanbul, Kusadasi and Antalya. In July Bailey gave a lecture/recital on John La Montaine's solo flute sonata at the College Music Society's International Conference in Seoul and Gyeongju, South Korea, and presented a pedagogy lecture and a lecture/recital on the Hindemith Flute Sonata at the annual national convention of the National Flute Association in Charlotte, N.C., in August.
Diane Barger, Hixson-Lied Professor of Clarinet, performed in recital at the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest® in Los Angeles, Calif. She is in the final editing stages of her musical editions (13 works total) for clarinet based on the operas of Vincenzo Bellini (all out-of-print works by various 19th Century composers). Her CD, "Bling Bling," featuring six clarinet works by American composer Scott McAllister, is also in its final editing stages. Both projects will be published by Potenza Music in spring 2012. Dr. Barger is in her final months of planning as Artistic Director of the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest®, which will be held on the UNL campus Aug. 1-5, 2012.
Paul Barnes, Hixson-Lied Professor of Piano, performed "Liszt and the Cross" with the Minot Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 12 as a benefit for the local Salvation Army for flood victims in the Minot, N.D., area. Barnes also performed with violinist Tim Fain in the multimedia Portals Preview and Lecture presented by KANEKO on Oct. 4 in Westbrook Music Building. Portals premiered at KANEKO in Omaha on Nov. 5-6.
Tony Bushard, Assistant Professor of Music History, was awarded a Hixson-Lied Research and Creative Activity Grant to examine Leonard Bernstein's conductor's score for "On the Waterfront" at Sony Pictures in Culver City, Calif., and to interview film composer Thomas Newman, which he conducted at the composer's studio in Pacific Palisades, Calif., this past July.
The Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; and Gregory Beaver, cello) performed Robert Sirota's Triptych and Richard Danielpour's String Quartet No. 6, Addio, as part of Trinity Wall Street Church's observance of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2011. The Chiara gave an emotional world premiere performance of Triptych one year after the attacks at Trinity on Sept. 26, 2002.
Eddie Dominguez, Associate Professor of Art, was chosen to design and create ornaments for Nebraska's tree for the 2011 National Christmas Tree display in President's Park in Washington, D.C., the National Park Foundation announced. A local artist and local youth are selected from each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia to design and create 24 ornaments. Dominguez and LUX Center for the Arts worked with several youth from the Lancaster County Youth Services Center to create Nebraska's ornaments. Twenty-three of the ornaments will decorate National Christmas Tree display in President's Park. One ornament will decorate the White House Visitor Center Christmas tree, which showcases one ornament from all 56 states, territories and the District of Columbia.
Quentin Faulkner, Professor Emeritus of Organ, announced the publication of a new edition of Jacob Adlung's "Musica mechanica organœdi" (1768) (Musical mechanics for the organist), in facsimile and in English translation, translated and annotated with supplemental materials compiled by Faulkner. It was published by Zea E-Books of Lincoln. The digital version is available at digitalcommons.unl.edu/zeabook/6/. Faulkner began this translation during a faculty development leave in 1986.
Rebecca Fischer, Research Assistant Professor and Violinist for the Chiara String Quartet, was quoted in a Sept. 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal article on "When Practice Alone Isn't Enough," focusing on performance anxiety and how performance psychologists and teachers are working to help musicians.
William Grange, Hixson-Lied Professor of Theatre Arts, spent the summer of 2011 at the Federal Archive of Germany in Berlin, researching the East German film genre of "Sauerkraut Westerns." The East German government sponsored 17 such films between 1966 and 1982, featuring cowboys, Indians, bad guys, good guys, and saloon girls in distress--all of them speaking German and most of them wanting to be in an American Western directed by John Ford. Or maybe in a spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Leone. Grange received a Research in Humanities Seed Grant from the Vice-Chancellor's Office for Research and a Hixson-Lied Research Fellowship to assist in defraying costs for the project.
Gail Kendall, Professor Emeritus of Art, has had her work in the following recent exhibitions: "Baroquecoco: A Solo Exhibition of New Ceramics" at the Koa Gallery last summer in Honolulu, Hawaii; "Gifted," a group exhibition at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia in December; "Changes: UNL Ceramics Faculty 1987-2011" at LUX Center for the Arts in December; and "Pattern and Decoration: Five Ceramic Artists" at TRAX Gallery in Berkeley, Calif. Kendall will be in residence at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts in January and the Jeff Oestreich Studio in Minnesota in February. She will be the juror for a National Cup Show at the LUX Center for the Arts in February.
Stanley V. Kleppinger, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, saw his work on Aaron Copland published in two academic journals in 2011. "The Structure and Genesis of Copland's Quiet City" appeared in volume 7 of "Twentieth-century music" (published by Cambridge University Press), and "Copland's Fifths and Their Structural Role in the Sonata for Violin and Piano" is part of volume 17 of "Music Theory Online" (published by the Society for Music Theory). Kleppinger also hosted the 2011 conference of Music Theory Midwest at the UNL campus, welcoming more than 80 music theorists from across the country as they heard 35 scholars give presentations on their research.
Karen Kunc, Cather Professor of Art, served on the international organizing board for the 1st International Mokuhanga Conference held in Kyoto and Awaji City, Japan, in June, attended by 110 delegates from 22 countries. She also presented her research on "Becoming Bukashi: A Western Artist Reflects on an Eastern Technique." Kunc was an artist-in-residence at the Venice Printmaking Studio in Venice, Italy, for two months during her spring semester Faculty Development Leave, supported by a UNL Arts and Humanities Enhancement Grant. She accomplished large-scale color woodcut prints on the theme of Acqua Alta. Kunc was recently a visiting artist at the Savannah College of Art and Design, presenting a lecture on her work and collaborating with students to create a woodcut print. Her prints are included in the IMPRINT'11-Metropolis, Second Kulisiewicz International Graphic Arts Triennial, held at the Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw, Poland.
Clark Potter, Associate Professor of Viola, performed the Telemann Viola Concerto with the Southwest Washington Symphony (his third different concerto performance of the 2010-2011 academic year). He also completed his viola arrangement of the first five Bach Solo Cello Suites.
Dennis Schneider, Professor Emeritus of Trumpet, was selected to receive the International Trumpet Guild's (ITG) Award of Merit for 2012. His selection will be recognized by the ITG at the ITG Conference at Columbus State University in Georgia in May 2012. The ITG Award of Merit is given to those individuals who have made substantial contributions to the art of trumpet playing through performance, teaching, publishing, research, composition and/or support of the goals of the ITG.
William Shomos, Hixson-Lied Professor of Voice, spent the summer with the Des Moines Metro Opera, directing in the Apprentice Artist program. The Apprentice program is made up of a highly select group of young singers at the emerging professional level. The company, coming up on its 40th anniversary, receives more than 800 applications for the 40 coveted spots in the Apprentice Artist program. Patrick O'Halloran, a UNL graduate student of Professor Kevin Hanrahan, was one of the individuals selected to participate in the program.
Pamela Starr, Professor of Music History, read her paper "The Final Frontier: James Horner and 'Apollo 13'" at the conference Music and the Moving Image 2011, at New York University in May. She was also re-elected for a third (and final) term as Secretary of the American Musicological Society.
Kyren Conley (B.F.A. Art) organized an exhibition of portraits and other works for women and children staying at Friendship Home, Lincoln's shelter for victims of domestic violence. "Sights Unseen" was on display at the Nebraska Union Rotunda Gallery in October. A dinner and auction of the work will be scheduled next spring to benefit Friendship Home. The project represented a culmination of her work with Associate Professor of Art Sandra Williams in community arts. The other participating students included Michaela Bradley, Anna Garcia, Lindsay Graef, Allison Holdsworth, Ashley Schultz and Audrey Stommes.
School of Music students Stavros Laparidis (D.M.A., piano) and Richard Viglucci (D.M.A. clarinet) were the winners of the 2011 UNL Graduate Student Soloist Competition. Undergraduate student Allison Harvey (B.M., soprano) was the Undergraduate Student Soloist Competition winner.
Twelve students in Associate Professor of Art Aaron Holz's advanced painting class painted a 4-ft. by 6-ft. mural to honor George Flippin, the University of Nebraska's first black athlete and first true football star. The mural hangs in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center at UNL and was unveiled in September. Holz and UNL Creative Director Jon Humiston divided a black-and-white photograph of Flippin into 24 equal-sized squares, and then asked each student to paint two of them. Participating students included Spenser Albertsen, Matt Belk, Anthony Blue, Michaela E. Bradley, Kyren Conley, Derek Joy, James Laville, Caitlin Mackie, Dana Oltman, Crystal Sanders, Kan Seidel and Stephanie Tompsett. For more information on the project, visit go.unl.edu/georgeflippin.
Two Department of Art and Art History students were included among six selected for "The Fascinators: The Inaugural Charlotte Street Biennial of Regional BFA/MFA Candidates." The two students representing UNL were Matthew Blache, a Master of Fine Arts candidate from New Orleans, La., and Neil Griess, a Bachelor of Fine Arts student from Omaha, Neb. The biennial is a new effort designed to showcase the work of outstanding artists emerging from colleges and universities within a 200-mile radius of Kansas City and to connect these up-and-coming artists with Kansas City's art community. They were chosen from among more than 100 regional applicants. The exhibition ran Sept. 2-Oct. 15 at La Esquina, a Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project venue, in Kansas City. Blache received the award of a one-person show in the fall of 2012.
Nikki Kelly (B.A. Theatre) is a finalist for The Glee Project. Fans can vote for her submitted audition video at thegleeproject.oxygen.com. Last year, Kelly auditioned in Chicago for the show and was one of the finalists, but did not get cast.
Dave Stamps (D.M.A.) traveled to Romania in November for a 10-day residency at the National University of Music in Bucharest. Stamps, a doctoral student in jazz composition and an Othmer Fellowship recipient, taught courses in jazz composition and participated in a music industry seminar. He also recorded an album with pianist Mircea Tiberian, from the National University of Music and worked on a project with Luiza Zan, a vocalist and pop star.
The Meadowlark Trio (Timothy Paek, cello; Janny Joo, violin; and April Sun, piano) performed in Nyack, N.Y., for the Carnegie Room Concerts at the Nyack Library this fall. They have been invited for a return engagement in May.
Several School of Music students from Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternities assisted Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) with a project to reshelve the LPS Music Library, following the devastating fire at the LPS headquarters on Memorial Day. The students worked for more than four
hours on Nov. 19, reshelving more than 3,200 boxes of music. Participating students included Elizabeth Fritton, Renee Pflughaupt, Kirsten Humlicek, Carmen Psota, Johanna Kennedy, Jenny Wood, Rose Munderloh, Madeline Hafner, Becky Smith and Ben Koch. Professor of Music History Pamela Starr helped guide the effort, and UNL School of Music alumni and current LPS teachers Zach Brown (B.M.E. 2008) and Dave Sanderson (B.M.E. 2009) also assisted.
The film, "Vino Veritas," directed by Lincoln, Neb., native Sarah Knight filmed in Lincoln this summer. Two Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film alums, Jacob Heger (B.F.A. 2009 and current M.F.A. student, production designer), Brandi Kawamoto (B.F.A. 2008 and current M.F.A. student, set director) and Morgan Cooper (B.F.A., on-set dresser) worked on the film. The play was performed by the Nebraska Repertory Theatre in 2009.
Ian Anderson (M.F.A. Art 2004) has been hired to fill the position of Interim Dean of the College at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.
Jenni Brant (M.F.A. Art 2007) is showing a grouping of recently made pottery and repeat pattern prints on paper at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts through Dec. 9. She was also featured on NET Nebraska Stories, which is available to view on YouTube at go.unl.edu/jenninet.
Sherry (Grout) Holmes (B.F.A. Art 2005) accepted the position of graphic designer with the Bellevue Public Schools. In 2010 she married Steven Holmes, a 2004 graduate of UNL.
Xanthe Isbister (M.F.A. Art 2008) was nominated for the RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award this Fall. She was one of five outstanding young Canadian artists nominated for the $10,000 award. She completed a year-long residency at Medalta last summer and had a solo exhibition in July at the National Historic Clay District in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.
Zach Janky (B.F.A. Film and New Media 2010) accepted a position as video editor and motion graphics at PlatForm Advertising in Kansas City.
Adam Jefferis (B.A. Theatre 2003) did Red Noses at The Actor's Gang this fall. He also appeared in a commercial for Miller Lite.
Ben Johnsen (B.F.A. Art 2005) has work in the exhibition "Superheroes: Icons of Good, Evil and Everything In Between," a multimedia group exhibition about heroes, villains and other less-definable examples of human possibility. The exhibition is on display through Jan. 7, 2012, at 516 Arts in Albuquerque, N.M.
Jeremy Kendall (M.F.A. Theatre 1996) is currently acting at the Cleveland Play House, America's first regional theatre, appearing in The Life of Galileo and Ten Chimneys. He recently acted in Dobama Theatre production of A Steady Rain. He continues to be the spokesperson in commercials for Metro Toyota and will be featured in the upcoming indie horror film Lilith, debuting this fall. Jeremy teaches acting part-time at Baldwin Wallace College and Cuyahoga Community College.
Laura Holman Kendall (B.A. Theatre 1997) is the Director of Arts Programming at Tri-C Presents at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. She is overseeing the implementation of the Creative Campus Innovations Grant awarded from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Doris Duke Foundation. The grant project was awarded to only six college performing arts presenters nationwide. Project Gilgamesh is the title of the project and the goal is to incorporate the visiting performing artists arts curriculum and creative life of students, faculty and community artists. To learn more about the project visit www.projectgilgamesh.com.
Ginny May (B.M.E. 1974, M.M. 191, Admin. Degree 1993) recently moved to Santa Fe, N.M. She was the piano accompanist for Joseph Beutel, baritone/bass singer, at a performance at St. John's Methodist Church on Aug. 7. Beutel sang "Mache Dich" from Bach's St. Matthew's Passion. He also sang a favorite spiritual, "Deep River." After teaching at Brownell-Talbot College Prep School in Omaha, May returned to the classroom getting an administration degree and became a Principal at the elementary level of Brownell-Talbot. She is retired in Santa Fe with her husband, but continues to enjoy accompanying and playing piano/keyboard.
Chad M. Olsen (B.F.A. Art 2010) had a solo exhibition, "The Tulip Series" at the Almanac Gallery in Hoboken, N.J., in October. The paintings were a study of the color of a cat's eyes. "As an artist, when I encounter such things visually, color is what I dwell upon," said Olsen in his artist's statement.
Emily Suing (B.A. Dance 2003) was the winner of the Arts-Athletics Sweepstakes from the University of Nebraska Foundation and the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Suing and her husband, Curtis, participated in a weekend of activities Oct. 7-8, including dinner with Interim Dean and Hixson-Lied Professor of Art History Christin Mamiya, attending the University Theatre performance of "Bright Ideas" and attending the Nebraska-Ohio State Football game.
Tanner Young (M.F.A. Art 2011) and Josh Johnson (M.F.A. Art 2010) had work accepted into the 2012 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Johnson took third place in the competition. Young also is included in the exhibitions 5th Annual Master Pieces at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the 62nd Juried Exhibition at the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa, this fall.