UNK music students garner national honors for research, performance

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UNK music students, left to right, Danielle Kluver, Katherine Ridder, Nolan Pribnow and Jacob Knudsen. (Photo by Todd Gottula/UNK Communications)

KEARNEY – Four University of Nebraska at Kearney music students will be in the national spotlight the next two months by presenting, competing and participating in two conferences of professional music organizations.

Sophomore Jacob Knudsen of Kearney was chosen to participate in the 196-voice ACDA Collegiate Honor Choir, which will perform at the American Choral Directors Association conference in Salt Lake City Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 25-28). He will join collegiate singers from 39 states and community singers who will perform Latin American music.

Junior Nolan Pribnow of Lincoln and senior Danielle Kluver of Grand Island were chosen to present research posters at the national Music Teachers National Association conference in Las Vegas March 20-25.

Pribnow’s poster, “The Benefit of Biofeedback for Optimal Music Performance,” and Kluver’s poster, “Musical and Cultural Significance in Samuel Barber’s ‘Knoxville: Summer of 1915,’” will be exhibited in two sessions. Their posters were two of 15 chosen for this conference presentation.

Pribnow was awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship to support his research. Kluver received a grant through the UNK Summer Student Research Program to support her research.

Senior Katherine Ridder of Kearney was chosen as the West Central Division winner of the MTNA Young Artist Competition for Voice in Fargo, N.D., in January. As a result, she will join six other MTNA division winners from across the country in the finals of this national competition in Las Vegas.

“We are pleased that these UNK music students have distinguished themselves by being chosen to participate, present and compete in these national venues,” said Anne Foradori, professor of music and performing arts.

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Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454, gottulatm@unk.edu
Contact: Anne Foradori, Professor of Music, 308.865.8610, foradoria@unk.edu

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