Publications & Media
NASM Accredited School | view website
Get an inside look on what's happening with the Wayne State College Department of Music, and read students' perspectives on what their WSC experiences mean to them!
Click on the image to the right or visit 2015 Music Department Newsletter to get the scoop on campus events.
"Being a music major at WSC is worth so much more than just receiving a degree. Faculty, staff, and students form a cohesive support system that helps all students feel welcome and accepted, regardless of their involvement in the department."
"I have had a very fulfulling experience with the music department at WSC. Students are able to have great one-on-one interaction with faculty, and faculty and advisors deeply care about their students' success. I and other students also have the opportunities to be leaders in music organzations and form close-knit friendships that will continue after leaving WSC."
On Tuesday, June 2, the 21st Annual Nebraska Masonic All-Star Marching Band Camp was held on the UNK campus in Kearney, Neb. The Masonic All-Star Marching Band performed a concert on Friday evening in the Kearney Municipal Park. On Saturday morning, the marching band participated in the Shrine Bowl Parade and performed a field show in the afternoon.
Brad Weber, WSC professor of percussion, and Dr. David Bohnert, WSC director of bands, helped direct the Masonic Marching Band. Pictured are Bohnert and Weber with band directors and WSC alumni Harley Mohlman, Zach Nathan, Christopher Weddell, Blake Lyon, Maddie Morris, Samantha Hahn, Estee Heitshussen, Anna Keough, and Jill Stara.
On Thursday, May 14, Dr. David Bohnert, WSC director of bands, and Brad Weber, WSC percussion instructor, visited Wakefield Community School to conduct a Drum Circle with Micaela (Weber) Hight's pre-school class. Bohnert, Weber, and Hight played percussion instruments, and Bohnert also gave a trumpet presentation. The class was very excited and enjoyed playing on the instruments!
On Saturday, April 25, the 3rd Annual Holdrege 5/6 Grade Band Festival was held at Holdrege Public Schools in Holdrege, Neb. A total of 30 Nebraska schools participated in the event.
WSC professors Brad Weber and Dr. David Bohnert, guest clinicians at the festival, worked with WSC alumni Chad Barnhill (guest clinician and owner of Midwest Music), Zach Nathan (band director at Southern Valley Schools), Blake Lyon (band director at Holdrege Schools), Christopher Weddel (band director at Cozad Schools), and Joshua Hughes (band director at Amherst Schools) during the event.
In tribute to the legacy of Jed O’Leary, the O’Leary family is establishing a scholarship endowment in his name at Wayne State College. This scholarship will be named for Jed and will be a never-ending tribute to his passion for music education. If you would like to contribute to this endowment, please send your donation to the WSC Foundation (http://www.wsc.edu/foundation/making_a_gift/) in the name of Jed O’Leary.
Three Wayne State College graduates, Brad Weber (drum set), Jill Stara (trumpet) and Bob Johnson (trumpet) performed in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra on March 8, 2015 as special guests to the Central Community College Concert Band in its performance at the Columbus Campus Fine Arts Center.
Brad Weber graduated from WSC in 1977. He directed bands at Emerson-Hubbard Community Schools from 1977-1986, was director of bands at Wayne High School from 1986-2013, and is currently an instructor of percussion at WSC.
Jill Stara graduated from WSC in 2014 and is currently in her first year as director of bands at Lakeview Public Schools in Columbus, Neb.
Bob Johnson graduated from WSC in 1975 and retired in 2009 from the director of bands position at Howells Public Schools in Howells, Neb. He currently substitute teaches for area schools.
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
Thank you, Jacob, for your generous donation and support of the WSC Music Department!
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.