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Music alumni honors

Music Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming

Three Nebraska Wesleyan University music alumni will be honored during homecoming festivities.

NWU Choir, Alumni to Perform at Carnegie Hall

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

And William Wyman’s music students have put in plenty of practice in preparation for their May 26th performance at one of the world’s most prestigious concert venues.

Senior Luke Gregerson has been accepted to the prestigious Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, which will send the English and music double major to Japan for a year where he will help teach English.

JET Program to Send English, Music Major to Japan

Nebraska Wesleyan University senior Luke Gregerson admits he’s watched his share of the Travel Channel.

Thanks to a gift from the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, a professional LED lighting system has been installed in O'Donnell Auditorium to enhance the experience for both the performers and the audience.

Bold Designs Campaign Lights Up O'Donnell Auditorium

Liana Sandin (’81) fondly remembers the many hours she spent on the O’Donnell Auditorium stage.

“I was in a lot of things,” Sandin recalled of her involvement in choirs, operas and even serving as an usher at other events hosted in the auditorium. “O’Donnell means performance to me.”

Music Professor Named Exemplary Teacher

Amy Spears staged a mock school board hearing for her secondary music students to help them better understand issues they could face as music educators regarding music program funding.

Last spring Spears invited the campus to an afternoon rock concert starring non-music majors who she taught to write music and learn new instruments.

Nebraska Wesleyan's Touch of Class Jazz Choir is a 16-member select ensemble. The choir's spring tour takes them through Iowa in early March.

Touch of Class Jazz Choir Takes Spring Tour to Iowa

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Touch of Class Jazz Choir will perform four concerts during its spring tour to Iowa.

The University Choir's annual winter tour will take them to four states for nine performances.

University Choir Plans Four-State Winter Tour

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s award-winning University Choir has announced a tour schedule that will take them to four states in January.

The choir begins its tour in York, Neb. on January 3 and will travel and perform for 9 days, concluding with a home concert in O’Donnell Auditorium on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus. They will also perform in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

The Department of Music recognized three alumni during Homecoming festivities, September 28-October 1. Pictured are Emily Bruflat ('10) who received the Outstanding Young Music Alum Award and Liana Sandin ('81) who received the Outstanding Music Alum Awar

Music Alumni Recognized During Homecoming Festivities

Three Nebraska Wesleyan University music alumni are being recognized for their career accomplishments.

Emily Bruflat (’10) has received the Outstanding Young Music Alum and Liana K. Sandin (’81) and Ray Young (’49) have received Outstanding Music Alum awards. The alumni were honored during homecoming activities September 27-October 1.

For the first time, NWU professors John Spilker and Sue Wortmann led students to Cuba as part of a class that explored Cuban youth culture.

Class Gives Students Historic Opportunity to Experience Cuba

Last year Sarah Dyer enrolled in a course called “Cuban Youth Music Culture.”

For the music and gender studies major, the course would provide an exciting opportunity to learn more about contemporary Cuba. The course concluded with a 10-day trip to Cuba to completely immerse herself and connect her classroom lessons in person.

Music and gender studies professor John Spilker is the 2016-2017 Prouty Teaching Award winner.

Music and Gender Studies Professor Receives Prouty Teaching Award

At the start of each semester, music and gender studies professor John Spilker invites his students to review and sign a contract titled, “Ground Rules for Class Discussion.”

In signing the contract, students agree to be open-minded during class discussions, learn to recognize and evaluate their own set opinions and then set them aside to promote open, academic dialogue.

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