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June 17, 2014
Northwest flute students, with Associate Professor of Music Dr. Rebecca Dunnell, recently completed a series of clinics and performances for a range of audiences during the month of May throughout the Kansas City region. The group visited two high schools, a middle school, a retirement home and performed a concert at a community library.
The Northwest Flute Quartet featured Amanda Mather, a Kearney native who recently completed her bachelor’s degree from Northwest in instrumental music education and will begin work toward a master’s degree in music education this fall; Jess Stoehr, a senior music major from Emerson, Iowa; Audrey Kubayko, a senior instrumental music education major from Kansas City; and Dunnell.
The students also are members of Northwest’s Sigma Alpha Iota chapter, a women’s music honor society, which Dunnell advises. Through their membership in the society, the quartet members submitted a grant proposal to Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies and secured a $3,500 Impact Project Grant to support the school and community tour.
“This is a very exciting project and this first tour was a perfect start to the concept of the proposal,” Dunnell said. “The activities provided recruitment for Northwest in high schools, support to music programs in middle schools, and support to community life in retirement homes and community concerts.”
Northwest’s music program is a part of the University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts and consists of degree programs in music, instrumental music education and vocal music education. The program also supports four choral ensembles and eight instrumental ensembles that are open to all students regardless of their major or minor. For more information about the department and its music ensembles click here.
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