During the summer of 2015, Dr. Mary Perkinson, Assistant Professor of Violin and Coordinator of the String Area, performed with the Omaha Chamber Music Society, the Omaha Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she participated in a String Pedagogy workshop at Indiana University and in UNO’s Service Learning Seminar. Additionally, Her collaborative work with UNO colleagues Lyn Holley, Department of Gerontology, Michael Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Derrick Nero, College of Education, on service-learning and the RPT process was accepted for presentation at three national conferences. “Want to create your own international musical collaboration? Make it happen!” an article co-authored with colleague Shelby VanNordstrand was also accepted for publication in the October issue of the Nebraska Music Educator magazine. Dr. Perkinson also partnered with Children’s Hospital to provide a venue, in addition to Bergan Mercy Hospital, for students to perform as participants in the program she founded Sound Health. The mission of Sound Health is to enrich the hospital environment for patients, families, health care providers, and staff through live music while providing music students with an opportunity for community and professional experience.
Additionally, Dr. Perkinson recently received a Nebraska Arts Council grant and the Civic Participation Grant from UNO’s Service Learning Academy to help support Partners in Performance, a program that aims to significantly impact the culture of leadership and mentorship through skill-building, relationships, and engagement. UNO and Omaha Area Youth Orchestra (OAYO) faculty will begin the nine month residency at Central High School (NE) and Thomas Jefferson High School (IA) with a mentorship retreat at UNO’s Community Engagement Center on 9/12. In addition to students from OAYO, Central, and Thomas Jefferson High Schools, UNO’s Heartland Philharmonic (HPO) students will participate in the retreat and residency as a service-learning component of HPO.