Joseph Herl, professor of music at Concordia University, Nebraska, has been appointed research professor and associate director of the Hymn Tune Index, and will eventually succeed Nicholas Temperley as director, while continuing to reside in Nebraska.
Nathan Gunn, Professor of Voice, was invested on January 27, 2020 as the newest Swanlund Professor. Along with the Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chairs, the Swanlund Endowed Chairs are among the highest honors for professors on the U of I campus.
Debra Richtmeyer, Professor of Saxophone, recently served as a juror for the The Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition.
Those familiar with Illinois Bands already know that John Phillip Sousa was a good friend to the University.
Alumnus Zhen Piao (AD, MM '17) has won First Prize in the Lynnwood Farnam Organ Competition. The international competition, sponsored by the Montreal Chapter of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, took place at May 18th at St. James United Church in Montreal.
Erin Corine Johnson (BMus '10 Music) is a multigenre flutist, a bilingual vocalist, an educator, and a cultural diversity advocate based in Madrid, Spain.