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Current WSC music students and faculty met with Alumni for lunch during the annual Nebraska Music Educators convention.
This was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with alumns who have graduated and moved on to their careers.
We are very proud of each and every one!
A record number of music students performed in the Chamber Ensembles Concert in Ramsey Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The concert featured several small Wayne State ensembles, including the WSC Low Brass Choir directed by Dr. Josh Calkin. The WSC Wildcat Marching Band/Drumline Pit and WSC Percussion Ensemble, directed by Brad Weber, also performed at the concert, along with Dr. Karl Kolbeck's Clarinet Choir, Flute Choir and Saxophone Quartet. Congratulations to all participating students on a successful performance!
Dr. Karl Kolbeck's took students to Vermillion, S.D. on Nov. 7, 2014 to visit the National Music Museum for their Music History class trip.
Wayne State College students Nathan Harding, Meghan
Taylor and Jaydn Harding were awarded National Association of Music Merchants Presidential Innovation scholarships to attend the NAMM convention in Aneheim,
CA in January.
Wayne State College will host a Piano Day for junior high and high school students on February 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This program allows students to experience the excitement of music at WSC through hands-on activities with college faculty and students. The event is free and is open to all students ages 11 to 18. Activities include a master class, concert, and lunch.
In September, Dr. Meg Griffith came to Wayne State to work with student woodwind musicians as well as providing an experience with Yoga. She specializes in the application of Yoga techniques for musicians and provided our students with some valuable new insights.
Also in September, the Department of Music hosted the Conservatory Singers from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The WSC Concert Choir performed alongside this wonderful ensemble as well as participating
in a clinic with them.
In May, the WSC Band and Choir performed at 4 venues in Italy; including the historic San Marco Cathedral.
The concerts were very warmly received, with standing ovations for each performance.
WSC students experienced the Italian culture first hand with tours of Rome, Florence and Venice.
In March, the WSC Wind Ensemble was selected to provide the opening concert for the convention of the Nebraska State Bandmasters. This organization is composed of band directors from across the state and was marvelous opportunity to showcase the talents of WSC students.
The Department of Music prepares students to:
Students may pursue a bachelor's degree with a Field or Subject Endorsement in Music Education, a major in Music with a concentration in performance, or a concentration in Music Industry. The Music Education and Music Industry programs are career-oriented and provide a solid foundation for success in their respective fields. The Concentration in Music Education and the Minor in Music are optional areas of study for students pursuing other majors.
In Addition to this, the Department of Music faculty maintains active performing, teaching, and lecture schedules. They appear regularly throughout the region as clinicians, recitalists, guest conductors, and adjudicators. The voice faculty are members of the National Association for Teachers of Singing, the National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), the Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society, and the American Choral Directors Association.