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What's Happening in Music


Jacob Zeiss donates trap set to Music Department



Jacob Zeiss, a former Wayne High School student of Mr. Brad Weber, now the percussion instructor at

Wayne State, donated his trap set to the WSC

Music Department.


Thank you, Jacob, for your generous donation and support of the WSC Music Department!



WSC Music Department hosts Alumni Luncheon



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!


Wayne State music students perform in Chamber

Ensembles Concert



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!


Music History Class visits National Music Museum



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.






WSC Students earn NAMM Scholarships



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.



Music Department to host first Piano Day on Feb. 20



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.


For more information, visit the Piano Day web page. To participate in WSC's first Piano Day, fill out and submit the Piano Day Registration Form.


Yoga Day


photoIn 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.




UMKC Conservatory Singers Visit



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.


WSC Band and Choir tours Italy



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.


Wind Ensemble performs at the Nebraska State

Bandmasters Convention


photoIn 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.



WSC Department of Music


The Department of Music prepares students to:

  • Teach music at all levels in the schools
  • Foster the development of musical talent
  • Provide rich musical experiences for all students
  • Contribute to the musical life of the college, community and state.

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.

Music Related Links

Scholarships &
Financial Aid

Programs of Study

Cultural Events Calendar

Live Streaming

- Ramsey Theatre

- Ley Theatre


- Band Day

- Honor Bands

- Piano Day

- Middle School Festival

- Madrigal Dinners

- WSC Show/Jazz Choir

- Honor Choir

Performing Groups

- Instrumental/Band

- Vocal

- WSC Orchestra

Student Organizations

- Kappa Kappa Psi



Upcoming Events

Feb. 25-March 26

Teresa T. Schmidt, Drawing/Painting:

"The Line Defines"

Opening Reception

Feb. 25, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Nordstrand Gallery

Artist's Talk

Gardner Auditorium,

3:45-4:15 p.m.


March 3

WSC Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


March 4

Christie Beard, flute, and

Christi Zuniga, piano

Masterclass: Peterson Fine Arts Room 10,

2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Guest Recital: Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


March 5

Plains Writers Series,

Humanities Lounge, TBA

Poetry Slam, Max Bar & Grill, 7:00 p.m.


March 9

Mid-States Band Clinic

Ramsey Theatre, 7 p.m.


March 10

WSC Middle School

Music Festival

Peterson Fine Arts,

All Day

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