Music

Notable Student Achievements

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.

2013

Student Groups

  • 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.

Students

  • 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

Alumni

  • 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. 

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