Music

Music grad explores life out of comfort zone

As her graduation from Hastings College neared, Hannah Jensen ‘15 wasn’t sure exactly how she would apply her double major in piano performance and music education outside of college. Little did she know, an opportunity to combine music and serving others would present itself to her, providing her with an experience that would drastically change her outlook on life. “When I was thinking about what I wanted to do after graduation, I knew that I wanted it to involve music, and I knew that I wanted it to involve helping people,” Jensen said. “I was talking to Alayna O’Connell (‘14), one of my ...Read more

Omaha art scene brings HC grads together

For three Hastings College graduates, enjoying the Omaha arts scene is all in a day’s work. Amy (Krobot) Rummel ’94, Kori (Else) Radloff ’95 and Jessica (Hardy) Brummer ’04 are all marketing directors working to promote the arts in Nebraska’s largest city. Rummel is director of marketing and public relations for Joslyn Art Museum, Radloff is director of marketing for the Rose Theater and Brummer is director of marketing and public relations at Durham Museum. “It’s actually really interesting that you have three Hastings College grads working for three major arts organizations in Omaha,” said ...Read more

Koozer creates tradition of music, caring

Mike Tushaus ’98 was eight years old the first time he met Dr. Robin Koozer ’76. The Hastings, Nebraska, youngster was taking part in a week-long summer enrichment program for the arts, and Koozer spent a day working with the children’s choir. “I remember it to this day very vividly. It left its mark on me,” Tushaus said. While the boy remembered the conductor, he never expected the conductor to remember him, just a kid in the crowd. But a decade later when Tushaus was deciding his post-high school plans, Koozer, the Hastings College professor of music and department chair, did remember. “He ...Read more

Experience in Ireland ‘simply amazing’ for students

Every October, students from Hastings College conduct research in Ireland throughout the month as part of a program called Irish Fellows. This program began in 2007 with then Hastings College Dean and Irish literature specialist, Dr. Richard Lloyd. Lloyd had formed a relationship with Grammy-winning musician Davy Spillane, who had performed at Hastings College, and Spillane agreed to be available to the Fellows throughout the month as a resource when needed. Lloyd enlisted the help of history professor Dr. Rob Babcock, who ultimately took over the program when Lloyd became president of ...Read more