Christine Harker, associate professor of English, recently presented her paper, “Purity and Danger: the Sexual Ambiguity of Fat,” at the Midwest American Popular Culture Association’s annual meeting in St. Louis.

Carol Perry, a senior composition emphasis major from Cumberland, Wis., received second place in the 2005 Missouri Music Teachers Association Composition Competition for her original musical work. The four-movement chamber work, “Woodwind Quartet,” was entered in the Collegiate Division of the competition.

Matt Safley, a junior piano performance major from Peterson, Iowa, will be a guest soloist with the Omaha Symphony on Oct. 25 and Oct. 27. He will be performing the final movement of the Mozart “Piano Concerto K. 467 in C Major” in the Omaha Symphony’s “Celebrate Creativity” program. The chamber orchestra will also be playing selected works commemorating Mozart’s 250th birthday. Safley is being featured on these concerts as the first place winner of the Robert M. Spire Competition. Safley is a student of Janice Saffir, professor of music.

A musical composition by Michael Van Bebber, graduate music student, will be performed at the 2005 College Music Society National Conference. Van Bebber’s composition, “Three Miniatures for Bassoon and Piano,” was selected for performance from a juried international call for scores. The composition will be performed by Steve Vacchi, professor of bassoon, and Magdalena Alamek, professor of piano, at the CMS Conference in Quebec on Nov. 4.
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