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2008.02.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Music Faculty Selected for Regional Conference March 28-30

Omaha - Nine faculty members from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Music will perform at the annual Great Plains/Great Lakes Super Regional Conference of the College Music Society next month.

Illinois State University will host the conference March 28-30.

To apply for admittance, UNO faculty presented a proposal titled “The Good Life: Music by Nebraska Composers,” which was coordinated by music professor Christine Beard.

“Rather than writing a performance proposal for a solo recital, I decided it would be much more satisfying to collaborate on a concert with my colleagues,” Beard said.

In addition to Beard, recitalists for the concert include: Wendy Eaton, artist-instructor of voice; Susan Hatch-Tomkiewicz, artist-instructor of oboe; Peter Madsen, associate professor of trombone and coordinator of Jazz Studies; Darren Pettit, artist-instructor of saxophone; and recent UNO graduate Michael Pollock, master of Music in Percussion Performance (2005).

The concert - featuring music by UNO composers - will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus.

Music performed at UNO and Illinois State University includes:

• "Algona 1964" from Waterwords, composed by Kenton Bales, professor of music theory and composition;
• "Fanfare for Trombone and Computer," composed by Jeremy Baguyos, assistant professor of music technology;
• "Songs of Soulmates" for voice, English horn and piano, composed by Christopher Stanichar, assistant professor of music and director of orchestral activities; and
• The world premiere of "Zephyrs" for flute and vibraphone, composed by Barry Ford, instructor of music.

The College Music Society (CMS) is a consortium of college, conservatory, university and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music. Its mission is to promote music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction.

Although the conference caters to the 2,600 members of the Great Plains and Great Lakes chapters of CMS, the call for proposals was national.

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