Student Accomplishments and Teaching Appointments


The Washburn University Wind Ensemble was selected as the top auditioning concert band and was awarded a performance at the Friday evening concert at the 2013 Kansas Music Educators Conference (KMEA).

Washburn Opera Studio Students, Faculty Artists and Guest Artists, accompanied by the Washburn Orchestra presented two outstanding performances of “A Little Night Music.”

Washburn Opera Studio Students presented at Apeiron.

The Hopscard Brass Quartet participated in the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, CO.

Fifteen Washburn Opera Studio Voice Students were awarded WTE grants for a 4 day trip to NYC to attend a performance at the Metropolitan Opera, participate in a master class at the Manhattan School of Music, attend a concert at Opera America, and a Broadway musical.

Jackie Woodworth received the American Pen Women award in Music.

Bailey Altman and Samantha Hendren were fellowship recipients to the Art of the Wind Band Teaching Symposium at the University of Minnesota.

Josh Carter was selected as the principal tuba of the Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra.

Melanie Herd received the P-12 Outstanding Student Teacher Award in Music for Spring, 2013.

Kathryn Meehan was selected for membership into NONOSO Senior Honorary Society for outstanding Washburn women.

Alexander Price competed in the Great Plains Tuba Young Artist Competition in Kearney, NE.

David Wingerson was a Spring 2013 Sibberson Award Finalist and has also been accepted into several graduate programs in music.

David Wingerson was awarded a teaching assistantship in percussion at Texas Tech University where he will work toward a Master's Degree in Percussion.

Brendan Boyle was selected to participate in Opera in the Ozarks, summer 2013.

Rayna Goldsmith was accepted to participate in the Collegiate Flute Choir at the National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, LA

Rachel Cross received a WTE grant to study musical theatre at the prestigious Guild Hall in London

Jeff Kready (BME 2005) continues to perform on Broadway and in prestigious theaters across the country.

Matthew Scrivner (BM 2007) has completed a Masters in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Music History at UMKC. Matt is completing a DMA in Vocal Performance and is an adjunct instructor of music at Avila University.

Rochester Elementary students of Anna Reb (BME 2008) won a regional music listening competition this spring and were recognized on the national website of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Von Hanson (BM in Percussion Performance 2009) is completing a DMA in Percussion Performance at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Glenn Nierman (BME 1972) is a professor of music and associate director of the University of Nebraska School of Music. He is also the president-elect of the National Association for Music Education. Dr. Nierman was recognized as a distinguished Alumni Fellow at Washburn in 2012. 


Washburn University Wind Ensemble performance for Sen. Bob Dole “Kansas Walk of Fame” ceremony       

Washburn University Wind Ensemble performed at the CBDNA SW Conference in San Antonio, Texas

Rachel Cross received the American Pen Women award in Music.

Michele Flanagan’s composition Caper of the Blue-Ringed Dancer was premiered by the Washburn University Orchestra.

Josh Carter was selected as the principal tuba of the Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra.

Jessica Crowder, Lauren Buser and Phillip Watson were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash awards at the biennial Topeka Opera Society Scholarship auditions.

Lauren Buser and Jessica Crowder participated in the Naftzger Young Artist Competition.

Matt Mirsch and Jessica Crowder were nominated for the P-12 Outstanding Teacher Award for spring, 2012. Matt received the award.

Jordan Ward, Jessica Vogel, Kelsey Cook and Jessica Crowder have been accepted into graduate programs in music.

Brendan Boyle was selected to participate in Opera in the Ozarks, summer 2012.

Jonathan Huffman and Lindsay Williamson were accepted to participate in the Collegiate Flute Choir at the NFA Convention.

Hopscard Brass presented at Apeiron.


Jazz Combo performances in Shanghai and Beijing (6/2011).

WU Wind Ensemble selected to perform at the KMEA conference.

Nine Members of the WU Wind Ensemble participated in the CBDNA National Intercollegiate Honors Band in Seattle, WA.

Fetter String Quartet performance at the Univ. of Kansas Hall Center for the Humanities

Kelsey Rice received the American Pen Women award in Music.

Christopher Roth “Honorable Mention” KMTA Young Artist-Woodwinds

Amanda McCullough composed ‘A Voice in the Hollow Earth”

Jessica Crowder, Manuel Tabora and Valeriya Kanaeva were selected as winners of the 2010 Concerto and Aria Competition.

Lauren Buser and Jessica Vogel invited to the Naftzger Young Artist Semi-Finals

Jessica Vogel received a Koch Cultural Fund grant.

Jonathan Huffman and Lindsay Williamson selected for participation in the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir

Brendan Boyle was the 3rd place winner in the KC National Association Teachers of Singing competition.

Josh Carter won 2nd place in the Intercollegiate Tuba and Euphonium Assoc. Great Plains Regional Conference Solo Competition.

Melanie Herd presented at Apeiron.

Allegra Fisher received the Fall 2010 “Sibberson Award”

Allegra Fisher, a 2010 Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance graduate, was the Spring 2011 recipient of the prestigious Sibberson Award, established to honor the most deserving student selected from among the highest ranking members of the senior class.

Samantha Kostelecky, BME 2011, received the Outstanding P-12 Student Teacher Award for her work in the fall of 2010. Ms. Kostelecky was hired to teach General Music and Fifth Grade Band for the Silver Lake School District beginning Fall 2011

Lucas Whippo and Lindsay Williamson, BME 2011, were selected to assist with an afterschool instrumental music program for the Topeka Public Schools D501, Spring 2011

In the spring of 2010, faculty members Jean Marshall and Dr. Rebecca Meador were finalists in the 2011 National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition with their Preparatory Études to Supplement Robert Cavally’s 24 Short Concert Pieces, Southern Music Company, 2010 (Product # 10161604). 

Jessica Vogel, BM 2012, received a Koch Cultural Trust Grant in support of her trip to the 2011 National Flute Association Annual Convention to be held 8/11 in Charlotte, NC. Ms. Vogel was also invited, by CD submission, to participate in the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, Woodwind Division. 

Amanda McCullough, BM, BA 2011, received a Edgren Fellowship at the University or Nebraska to pursue a Masters of Music Degree in Composition.

In the spring of 2010, Tall Grass for Four Flutes and String Orchestra, (Product # FQ-46) by Catherine McMichael of Alry Publications, commissioned by the Washburn University Flute Association, was a finalist in the 2011 National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition.

On February 3, 2011, The Washburn University Music Theory Club hosted an interview with world-famous composer/conductor Eric Whitacre via Skype, along with accomplished lyricist/Washburn professor Dr. Anthony Charles Silvestri in person.

Samantha Kostelecky, BME 2010, Megan Holland, BME 2011, and Christopher Roth, BM 2011, and Grace Shepler, Music Minor 2013, were pleased to represent the Washburn University Flute Studio in the 2010 National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir at the annual NFA convention, Anaheim, CA.

Lindsay Williamson, BME 2011 and Jonathan Huffman, BM 2013, were selected to perform with the 2011 National Collegiate Flute Choir, Charlotte, NC. 

Jessica Vogel, BM 2012, Christopher Roth, BM 2011, Anthony Roth, BM 2012, Bailey Altman, BME 2012, Rebecca Stangl, BME 2014, Anna Lischke, Music Minor 2012,

Paul Kirkwood, BME 2013, Peter Ruby, BME 2014, and David Wingerson, BME 2012, were selected to and performed with the Small College National Intercollegiate Band at the College Band Directors National Conference in Seattle, Washington on March 23-27, 2011.

Josh Carter, BM 2014, was awarded Second Place at the Great Plains Tuba and Euphonium Conference Young Artist Tuba Solo Competition in February, 2011.

The Washburn University Wind Ensemble was selected to and performed at the 2011 Kansas Music Educators Conference in Wichita, KS on February 25, 2011.

In May of 2011, the Washburn Wind Ensemble was one of seven ensembles selected from twenty-three universities to perform at the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Regional Conference to be held in San Antonio, TX on March 29-31, 2012. The WU Wind Ensemble is the only representative from Kansas and is the sole undergraduate-only university ensemble selected.


WU music major Theodore Musick won Best Soloist with the performance of Xylophonia with the Fountain City Brass Band at the National Brass Band Championships in Chicago. This is particularly noteworthy because this is the first time a percussionist has won the best soloist award at a national brass competition.

MTNA Collegiate Division – Fetter String Quartet won State, Regional and was 0ne of 7 National finalists in the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition in Atlanta (2009)

Samuel Cho – NAFTSGER Competition (2010); soloist with Honduras National Symphony

The Washburn Singers were selected, by audition, to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association conference, Century II Convention Hall, Spring, 2010.

Senior Vocal Performance major Emily Charles has been selected to participate in The Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy (summer 2010)

Ben Thompson, senior tuba performance major, was accepted into the Graduate program at UNC-Greensboro School of Music for tuba performance.

Megan Holland, Samantha Kostelecky, Erica Nightengale, Christopher Roth and Grace Shepler accepted, by competitive audition, to participate in the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir at the 2010 Annual Flute Convention, to be held in Anaheim, California

The Washburn Symphony Orchestra performed for the second time at the Kansas Music Educators Convention in Wichita where we premiered the winning composition of the 2009 KMEA Composition Contest.

The Washburn University Wind Ensemble traveled to Baltimore, Maryland and D.C. Metropolitan area.  Highlights included a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where the Wind Ensemble performed a new musical composition by composer Brian Balmaages entitled Ichabod Fanfare written in the honor of Washburn University alumnus Bob Dole. This work was premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C on April 28th, 2010 and published by FJH Publicationsgrams and Festivals.

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