Hastings College Music honors 22 students at convocation

In celebration of outstanding student work throughout the academic year, Hastings College Music honored 22 students as part of its annual Music Honors Convocation.

Music Honors ConvocationAs part of the ceremony, students were recognized with various awards and scholarships, which are listed below.

  • Breanna Brennfoerder, a first-year student from Edgar, Nebraska — National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Participant
  • Joseph Campbell, a junior from Columbus, Nebraska — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band
  • Jake Darling, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band
  • Alana DeBellis, a junior from Hastings, Nebraska — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band
  • Owen DeBoer, a sophomore from Bennington, Nebraska — Chorus of the Plains Scholarship
  • Samantha Gapp, a first-year student from Grand Island, Nebraska — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band
  • Kendall Greene, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band
  • Ben Howie, a senior from Hastings, Nebraska — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Outstanding Sinfonian, Hastings College Outstanding Performer, Hastings College Outstanding Senior in Music
  • Javier Jimenez, a sophomore from Gering, Nebraska — National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Finalist 2nd Year Tenor-Baritone-Bass Classical, State 3rd Place 2nd Year Tenor-Baritone-Bass Classical, NATS Regional Participant
  • Wyatt Kohles, a sophomore from Grand Island, Nebraska — Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Student Scholarship
  • Karl Ludwig, a first-year student from La Junta, Colorado — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band, Chorus of the Plains Scholarship
  • Morgan O’Neill, a junior from Cheyenne, Wyoming — National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State 3rd Place 3rd Year Treble Musical Theatre, NATS Regional Finalist 3rd Year Treble Musical Theatre, Gordon L. and Mary Ohlsson Endowed Music Scholarship.
  • Avery McKennan, a junior from Fort Calhoun, Nebraska — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band
  • Carter Pursley, a junior from Aurora, Nebraska — State 3rd Place 3rd Year Tenor-Baritone-Bass Classical, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Regional Participant
  • Maria Pytlik, a sophomore from Brainard, Nebraska — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band, Hastings Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Winner, NAfME State Convention Collegiate Recital Participant
  • Erick Rodriguez, a first-year student from Grand Island, Nebraska — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band
  • Christopher Sedmak, a junior from Fort Collins, Colorado — National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Participant, Chorus of the Plains Scholarship
  • Jasmine Smith, a first-year student from North Platte, Nebraska — Chorus of the Plains Scholarship
  • Kierra Spurgeon, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band
  • Sarah Sutton, a junior from Cheyenne, Wyoming — Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band, James King Outstanding Bandsman Award, Elmer Christensen Keyboard Award
  • Hope Uhing, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska  — National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Participant and Regional Participant, Millard Cates Choral Music Award
  • Ivey Zimmerman, a senior from Overtown, Nebraska — National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Participant and Regional Participant

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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