Music

Notable Student Achievements

2016

Student Groups

  • The Washburn University Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2016 CBDNA Conference in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Seven students participated in a study-abroad trip to Russia: Music in Russia, May 2015.
  • The December 2015 Washburn University Holiday Vespers production has again been nominated for an Emmy Award. This will be the fourth nomination, and potentially a third win.
  • The Jazz Ensemble I CD: The Simple Things in Life, is the ‘on-hold’ music for the university.
  • Washburn Opera Studio presented A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol at First Presbyterian Church in November; two performances of The Medium, and two performances of L’Elisir d’Amore in White Concert Hall.
  • The Honors Fetter String Quartet was selected to perform at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, summer 2016.
  • The Honors Fetter String Quartet presented at Apeiron.
  • The Washburn University Clarinet Quartet presented at Apeiron.
  • The Washburn University Clarinet Studio participated and performed in the International Clarinet Association's annual conference, ClarinetFest in August.

Students

  • Alexandra Kovatch received the 2016 American Pen Women award in Music.
  • Colleen Dilmore received the 2016 Most Outstanding Music Major Award.
  • Brianne Stewart and Cale Paquette were selected as Winners of the WU Concerto and Aria Competition.
  • Ryan Masotto and Emily Winterburg were selected to perform at the Heartland Chamber Music Festival.
  • Samantha Silver served as the Assistant Orchestra Director at Seaman School District Elementary Strings program.
  • Krystal Harry and Caitlin Ediger were selected as Fall 2015 Sibberson award finalists.
  • Guillermo Rodriguez was selected as a “Teacher of Promise” by the WU Dept. of Education.
  • Molly Hodson will participate in the Jim Walker “Beyond the Masterclass” in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Jackie Woodruff received the P12 Outstanding Student Teacher award, Fall 2015.
  • Several 2015-16 graduates have been accepted into Graduate programs in Music: Jacob Stone (University of Missouri—GTA); Andrew Anderson (UMKC); Will Kubie (University of Denver); Meaghan Hartley (KU); Jaron Marcus (Emporia State University—GTA).

Alumni

  • Dr. Glenn Nierman is the national president of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
  • Dr. James Hurd selected as a Washburn University Distinguished Alumni Fellow, Fall 2015.
  • Erica Seago (BME 2007) recently completed a MM in Instrumental Conducting at Kansas State University.
  • Lindsay Denton (BME 2011) recently completed a MM in Instrumental Conducting at Wichita State University.
  • Jonathan Huffman (BA Music, 2012) accepted into the Doctoral program in Psychology at KU.
  • Amanda McCullough (BA and BM 2011) is completing a DMA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Music Composition.  
  • Rayna Goldsmith (BM 2014) is enrolled in the Music Therapy graduate program at the University of Kansas.
  • Brendan Boyle (BM 2014) is enrolled in the Masters of Music program in Vocal Performance at Baylor University. He has also received a three-year Graduate Teaching Assistant position.
  • Aaron Springer (BM 2014) is enrolled in the Masters of Music program in Vocal Performance at the University of Kansas.
  • Joe Fitzgerald (BA 2014) is enrolled in the Masters of Music program in Collaborative Piano at Oklahoma City University.
  • Karl Page (BM 2015) is enrolled in the Masters of Music program in Cello Performance at Georgia Southern University.
  • Phillip Watson (BM 2015) is enrolled in the Berkley School of Music Masters program in Valencia, Spain.
  • Valeriya Kanaeva (BM 2014) is enrolled in the Masters of Music program in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Southern Illinois.
  • All Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduates have secured full-time teaching positions.  

2015

Student Groups

  • Students from the Washburn Opera Studio received vocal coaching sessions from Fink visiting professors Jeff Kready and Nikki Renee Daniels. The sessions culminated in a public performance of scenes from various Broadway musicals.
  • The Washburn University Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2015 Kansas Music Educators Conference (KMEA).
  • Seven students participated in a study-abroad trip to Russia: Music in Russia.
  • Aquaveus New Music Ensemble, a WU Department of Music ensemble dedicated to the performance of new works, presented its first concert.
  • The Washburn University Holiday Vespers Concert has, for the third time won an Emmy award. This annual event features all of the student groups in the Department of Music.
  • Washburn Opera Studio presented “A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol” at First Presbyterian Church in November and two performances of “Iolanthe” in White Concert Hall.
  • The Washburn University Wind Ensemble and Washburn University Choirs presented Joel Puckett’s “Opus 150” for the annual President’s Concert. The work was commissioned to commemorate Washburn’s 150th anniversary celebration.
  • The Honors Woodwind Quintet presented at Apeiron and was also invited to play at the opening night celebration for the CASA Showcase Event (WU President’s home).
  • The trumpet studio participated in a Master Class with Bill Williams, principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera.
  • The Washburn Singers premiered a new university song, “Ichabods in All We Do” at Washburn’s 150th Anniversary celebration.
  • The Washburn University Flute Association hosted the organization's ninth annual "April Flute's Day," with guest artists, nationally recognized jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, and Kansas Music Hall of Fame recipient, Dr. Craig Treinen.

Students

  • Marya Feldt received the 2015 American Pen Women award in Music.
  • Guillermo Rodriguez received the 2015 Most Outstanding Music Major Award.
  • Clare Bryan and Qiyao Li were selected as Winners of the WU Concerto and Aria Competition.
  • Krystal Harry was selected as the principal oboist of the Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra.
  • Meaghan Hartley was selected as 2nd clarinet of the Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra.
  • Caitlin Ediger (BME-piano) was selected as a “Teacher of Promise” by the WU Dept. of Education.
  • Andrew Anderson and Jasper Shrake both won national auditions, and performed in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Conventions "1898 Jazz Orchestra" in New Orleans, LA.

Alumni

  • Jeff Kready (BME 2005) continues to star in Broadway productions as well as in prestigious theaters across the country.
  • Jeff Kready and Nikki Renee Daniels present “Broadway in the Heartland” concert—a benefit for the Washburn University Department of Music.
  • Amanda McCullough (BA and BM 2011) completing a DMA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Music Composition.  
  • Rayna Goldsmith (BM 2014) is enrolled in the Music Therapy graduate program at the University of Kansas.
  • Brendan Boyle (BM 2014) is enrolled in the Masters of Music program in Vocal Performance at Baylor University. He has also received a three-year Graduate Teaching Assistant position.
  • Aaron Springer (BM 2014) is enrolled in the Masters of Music program in Vocal Performance at the University of Kansas.
  • Joe Fitzgerald (BA 2014) is enrolled in the Masters of Music program in Collaborative Piano at Oklahoma City University.
  • Karl Page (BM 2015) has been accepted into the Masters of Music program in Cello Performance at Georgia Southern University.
  • Phillip Watson (BM 2015) has been accepted into the Berkley School of Music Masters program in Valencia, Spain.
  • All Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduates have secured either teaching positions (Jana Havens, Kathryn Meehan, Jon Ward, Andrew Rhodes) or full-time church related positions (Peter Ruby).

2014 

Student Groups

  • The Washburn University Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2014 Kansas Music Educators Conference (KMEA).
  • The entire Department participated in the May 8 Capstone concert in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. This event was held to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
  • The 2013 Holiday Vespers Concert has again been nominated for an Emmy award. This annual event features all of the student groups in the Department of Music.
  • Washburn Opera Studio students and guest artist Christopher Plunkett, accompanied by the Washburn Orchestra, presented two nights of outstanding performances of “The Telephone” and “Gianni Schicchi.”
  • The Fetter String Quartet presented at Apeiron.

Students

  • Clare Bryan received the American Pen Women award in Music.
  • Clare Bryan was selected to participate in the Naftzger Young Artists Auditions Semi-Finals.
  • Clare Bryan and Brendan Boyle were both named 1st place winners in the Topeka Opera Society vocal competition, each receiving a $2000 award.
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance graduating seniors (Tyler Bridges; Rachel Cross, Brendan Boyle and Aaron Springer) were asked to perform the National Anthem and Alma Mater at various university graduations, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

Alumni

  • Matthew Scrivner (BM 2007) has completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from UMKC. He is an adjunct instructor of music at Avila University.
  • Emily Charles (BM 2010) has completed a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kansas. In addition, Emily has recently been awarded a $2000 Koch Cultural grant for continuing study in Weimar, Germany, summer of 2014.
  • Jessica Crowder (BME 2012) has completed a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance.
  • Jonathan Huffman (BA 2012, Music and Psychology) has been invited to assist Helen Spielman, performance anxiety coach, at Wildacres Flute retreat, summer 2014.
  • Richetta Manager (BM 1975) was invited to perform as soprano soloist in the Mozart Requiem.

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