The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music paid tribute to its namesake Thursday with its second annual Glenn Korff Day.
The program took place in the Kimball Recital Hall and was hosted by the school’s interim director, Peter Lefferts. The Glenn Korff Chair of Music, Glenn Nierman, also gave a presentation at the event.
While students celebrate in different ways throughout the day, the annual event gives them a way to celebrate together, said Brian Reetz, marketing and public relations coordinator for the school.
“We wanted to do something to help our students now and into the future to understand the importance of the $8 million gift from Glenn Korff to University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the School of Music,” he said.
The program featured performances by Korff Scholars Hannah Bell and Dimitra Kokkinopoulou.
Members of UNL faculty also participated, with performances by Hye-Won Hwang, an assistant professor of practice and dance, and Jamie Reimer, an assistant professor of voice.
“The day is a celebration, so I picked a piece that was cheerful and light,” Reimer said.
Reimer described her piece as a sophisticated, funny English art song by composer Jake Heggie. She performed a selection from “Alas, Alack,” a recital she is performing Sept. 29.
“‘Alas, Alack’ references many operatic characters and musical themes as the singer tries to figure out why she always picks the wrong guy to date,” Reimer said.
Reimer’s performance was part of many activities honoring Glenn Korff, who attended UNL and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Arts and Sciences with a double major in chemistry and zoology and a minor in economics.
He was involved in many organizations during his time at UNL, including two terms as president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. In 1964, he was selected as Outstanding District Sigma Phi Epsilon President.
Korff was also a member of a national chemistry honor society, Phi Lambda Upsilon.
From 1992 to 2013, Korff was the semi-retired manager of Korff Holdings, a personal investment company. He also served as a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation.
“Glenn Korff Day will serve each year to remind us of who Glenn Korff was, of the amazing things he accomplished as a professional and as a philanthropist and of the heartwarming story of his remarkable naming gift to what is now the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music,” Reetz said in a press release.
Korff died Aug. 27, 2013, at the age of 70 from prostate cancer.
“The impact of Glenn Korff’s gift to the School of Music is far-reaching and ongoing,” Reimer said. “From scholarships to travel opportunities, our students and faculty are now able to participate in, and access, activities that were previously out of reach for financial reasons. His investment in us allows the GKSOM to make a greater investment in the cultural impact of the school at the university and in the community. For that reason, we will be forever grateful for, and continually inspired by, his confidence in what we do every day.”
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