Graduate Student Jordan Willis Wins Grants to Present Collaborative Performance Celebrating Underrepresented Composers

Jordan Willis, second year MM Violin Performance student of Dr. Mary Perkinson, has won grants and other funding from Amplify Arts, the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media, and the UNO Office of Research and Creative Activity to support his planning and execution of “Powerful Perspectives – A Recital Celebrating Underrepresented Composers.” This non-degree performance will present and celebrate music by historically underrepresented composers, such as composers of color, women, LGBTQIA2s+, and composers with disabilities. The recital will feature award-winning composer, violinist, and guitarist, Dr. Gregory T.S. Walker, as he performs a few pieces and premieres his new composition for two violins and cello.

Musicians from UNO were invited to participate to help change the face of classical music, and the faces that are represented in classical music. They include:

Dr. Mary Perkinson, violin
Jordan Willis, violin
Nadia Maudhoo, violin 
Emiliano Carrera-Ybanez, violin
Jordyn Irlmeier, violin
Michael Tyree, viola
Trevor Petersen, cello
Kyle Case, cello
Eli Kopp, cello
Kendall Wooden, percussion
Christi Zuniga, piano

“Powerful Perspectives” will be presented via the UNO School of Music YouTube livestream on April 2, 2021 at 7pm.

Jordan Willis

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