Dr. Brooke McCorkle
OU School of Music alum Dr. Brooke McCorkle will begin a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment at the University of Vermont this fall, and has also published her first book, "Big Green Monsters: The Environmental Movement in Japanese Cinema," co-authored with Sean Rhoads. Congratulations, Dr. McCorkle!
CONGRATULATIONS to our voice students on their achievements at OK Chapter NATS this weekend! 23 of our singers made the finals, with 12 winning awards! Kudos to these outstanding students (and their professors)!
Freshman Women Classical:
Victoria Mulholland, 3rd Place (student of Joel Burcham)
Freshman Men Classical:
Braden Sayers, 1st Place, (Burcham)
Sophomore Women Classical:
Sarah Spurlin, 2nd Place, Burcham)
Ashley Carr, 3rd Place (Van Every)
Sophomore Men Classical:
Nick Skotzko, 1st Place (Josephson & Cobb)
George Soter, 3rd Place (Burcham)
Upper College Musical Theatre Women:
Katrina Randolph, 2nd Place Tie (Josephson & Cobb)
Junior Women Classical:
Bea Kim, 1st Place (Josephson & Cobb)
Senior Women Classical:
Maggie Armand, 1st Place (Flanagan)
Graduate Women Classical:
Jenna Black, 1st Place (Josephson & Cobb)
Graduate Men Classical:
Stephen Jones, 1st Place (Flanagan)
Jacob Fowkes, 2nd Place (Flanagan)
Dr. Mark Neumann
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Neumann is the School of Music's newest Presidential Professor! Dr. Neumann has just received the President's Associates Presidential Professorship, and we are extremely proud of him. Congratulations, Dr. Neumann!
We are extremely proud of OU School of Music alum Jack Swanson, who just received a Richard Tucker Career Grant! This is a $10,000 grant awarded to young singers who have already performed with professional companies. Congratulations, Jack!
Dr. Christina Giacona
Dr. Christina Giacona has been awarded the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Gladys Krieble Delmas Visiting Scholar award for this coming summer. Dr. Giacona will be conducting research at the Hall of Fame's library archives, using the museum's resources to collect information about Native American musicians in the music industry. Congratulations, Dr. Giacona!
Dr. Jonathan Nichol
A new CD titled Neon Flicker was just released by h2/4 duo. h2/4 is 2 of the 4 members of the H2 quartet, an internationally acclaimed saxophone quartet: our saxophone professor Dr. Jonathan Nichol, and Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert.
Dr. Chris Baumgartner
We are very excited to announce that Dr. Chris Baumgartner has been elected to the Chair-Elect position for the Music Teacher Education Special Research Interest Group of the Society for Research in Music Education! Congratulations, Dr. Baumgartner!
Congratulations to OU graduate saxophone student Damian Cheek, who was named the Grand Prize Winner in the national Naftzger Young Artist’s Competition! The competition is open to all instuments and voice types, and Damian is the first saxophonist ever to win this prestigious award!
Congratulations to senior tuba major Alex Purdy, who recently won First Place in the Solo Tuba Competition at the South Central regional division of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association! Great job, Alex!
The Elysian Quartet has been invited to compete in the live quarterfinals of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana.
Jace Vickers and Haley Vickers at MTNA conference
The poster presentation by Jace Vickers and Haley Vickers entitled Interdisciplinary Approaches with Music: Using Opera in the ESL Classroom was presented at MTNA conference.
Clara Boyett at MTNA
Clara Boyett's poster presentation entiled Managing Performance Anxiety: Contributors and Treatments was presented at MTNA conference.
Congratulations to M.M. Musicology student Layla Butler, who has been accepted into the prestigious Ph.D. Musicology program at Duke University, where she will begin her studies in August!
Dr. Christina Giacona
Dr. Christina Giacona authored the textbook: "The Indigenous Music of Turtle Island: Native American Music in North America". The textbook was published by Kendall Hunt Publishing. Congratulations, Dr. Giacona!
Provost's Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
Three OU School of Music graduate students — Hunter Birkhead, Ashley Green, and Ryan Meeks — have received the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching! Recipients of this award represent the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants across campus by student evaluations for courses taught during the Fall 2017 semester. Congratulations to Hunter, Ashley, and Ryan on this well deserved honor!
DMA composition student Chelsea Williams has been selected as a finalist in the Instrumental Chamber Music student division of the American Prize in Composition! The American Prize in Composition recognizes and rewards the best American composers of works for orchestra, chorus, concert band, chamber ensemble, pops, or theater music.
Continued Success For This Amazing Ensemble! The Elysian Quartet won the chamber music division at the national mtna competition in Orlando, Florida! Congratulations to Jared Waters, Spiro Nicolas, Evan Harris, and Damian Cheek on this tremendous accomplishment!
Young Artist Competition
Congratulations to the winners of our 2nd annual Young Artist Competition:
These wonderful musicians will be featured in our inaugural Young Artist Honor Recital on Tuesday, April 3rd, at 8:00pm in Pitman Hall.
OU percussion student Hunter Gross received 1st Place in the Ladies' Music Club Competition in Oklahoma City.
Third-year BMA and pre-med student Gabrielle Thng won 1st Prize in the Hyechka Competition in Tulsa on Saturday and 2nd Prize in the Ladies' Music Club Competition in Oklahoma City.
Congratulations to the Elysian Quartet, winners of the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition!
OU Professor of Piano Dr. Barbara Fast has been elected as MTNA Director-elect of the South Central Division.
DMA cello student Chas Helge has been awarded an Edison Visiting Fellowship to pursue his research on the cellist Beatrice Harrison at the British Library in London beginning this Fall. Mr. Helge is a student of OU Cello Professor Dr. Jon Ruck.
Dr. Jeff Swinkin
Congratulations to OU Assistant Professor of Music Theory Dr. Jeff Swinkin! Dr. Swinkin is co-editor of the new text "The Norton Guide To Teaching Music Theory." Bravo!
Congratulations to OU School of Music graduate student Kathryn Vetter! Kathryn is one of the winners of this year's Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition! She will perform the first movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 with the OCO on April 24th at 7:30pm.
Congratulations to the Elysian Quartet on their first-place finish in the Chamber Music Wind division of the South Central MTNA competition!
Congratulations to Anthony Conroy! Anthony won 1st Place in the Young Artists division of the national MTNA Composition Competition! Anthony's winning piece, "Only The Weak Get Burnt Out" will receive a performance at the national MTNA finals in Orlando, Florida later this spring.
OU Women's Chorus
The OU Women's Chorus performed at OkMEA conference in Tulsa, under the direction of Dr. David Howard.