Spring Break03/17/14 @ all day -
Midland Admissions Open House03/26/14 @ 11:00am - Kimmel Theatre, East 8th Street, Fremont, NE, United StatesCome explore Midland with other future Warriors! Experience what Midland has to offer in academic programs, athletics and performing arts. Get all of your questions answered about the admissions and financial aid processes, and enjoy lunch on us too! Check-in at the Event Center Lobby beginning at 10:45. RSVP at www.MidlandU.edu/OpenHouse today!
Meet the Arts Staff
Meet our new staff...coming soon.
Anthony Burnham, Director of Instrumental Activities
Jessica Logue, Lead Arts Talent Scout
Greg Butka, Arts Events and Tech Manager
Wade Kellett, Arts Recruiter
Jed O'Leary, Strings and Winds Instructor
Amy Brandert, Piano Instructor
Passionate about revitalizing the arts at Midland, Erin Bradley brings her previous marketing and arts experience together as the Director of Performing Arts. Before moving to Nebraska Erin lived in Los Angeles where her credits include: marketing and event producer for brands such as Lexus, AMG Mercedes, and Scion, camera coordinator for the Primetime Emmy Awards, casting coordinator for the Halftime Super Bowl Show, artist relations for the National Endowment for the Arts’ IAJE Jazz Festival, and performer and company manager for The Young Americans. She currently serves on the Access worship team at Christ Community Church in Omaha, NE as a vocalist, is the mommy of the most beautiful little three-year old girl ever, and absolutely loves investing in the lives of the young people at Midland.
Native of Northern California, Travis Goode has always enjoyed the performing arts. In his youth he excelled at musical theatre and in instrumental music. He met The Young Americans when he took a National Music Outreach Tour Workshop as a senior in high school. The following fall Travis moved to Southern California to join The Young Americans. By the age of 22, Travis became the youngest Associate Director of The Young Americans for the International Outreach Tours and has performed or directed in over twenty countries around the world including: Japan, England, Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Russia. Travis has an incredible love for IMPROV and musical theatre. He has studied with the greats, and is himself, a highly sought after performing arts instructor. His most recent trip was to Spain for a youth performing arts conference in May of 2012. Currently at Midland University, Travis enjoys serving as the Director of Band, Arts Operations, and Stage Director our J-term musical. Next up, The Wedding Singer.
As the director of Choral music and Academic Chair, Jim feels blessed with the honor of overseeing the music department at Midland University. Professor Logue is a graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls SD and received a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The University of Iowa. He has taught in Iowa public and private schools during the past 20 plus years and served as Choir director at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD, Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA and Asbury Methodist Church in Bettendorf, IA. His Assumption High School Choirs (Davenport, IA) performed at various festivals and adjudicated events throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Jim has been the musical director for over 25 musicals during his career, including the highly successful productions for Seussical, The Fiddler on the Roof, and Hairspray at Midland. He has conducted Master Classes and private instruction in voice to hundreds of students. His passion, however, is teaching and reaching students. From classes of music theory to vocal jazz to music in films, Jim is determined to instill awareness that music is a gift to be shared.
Trish is currently the Dance Coach at Midland University and enjoys working with The ARTS at Midland as a choreographer. Trish Ryan grew up in Papillion, Nebraska and after graduating, moved to Southern California to join the performing arts group. Trish traveled as a performer and staging director to England, Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and all over the U.S. Trish has been on Universal Dance Association (UDA) Staff, has trained at both the EDGE Performing Arts Center and Jimmy De Fore’s Dance Studio, and has assisted choreographer Robyn Brawley at International Dance Festival Dance Excellence. She has won awards such as River Cities Conference Dance, All-State Dance, and also All-American Dance.
Lee Meyer is currently serving as the interim Director of Theatre and a professor in music at Midland. She received her BS in speech/theatre with minors in music and English. Soon after, she received her Masters Degree in music from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Lee has taught for over 30 years teaching music and theatre in Nebraska schools K through 12. She has worked in every size school from very small class D schools to class a teaching general music, band, choir, show choir, theatre classes, directing plays and musicals. Through the years, her music and theatre groups have excelled in district and state contests. Lee has been active in Nebraska Music Educators Association, Nebraska Choral Directors Association, Nebraska Speech-Communication-Theatre Association and International Thespian Association. She has received many awards through -out her teaching career. Some of these are Nebraska Thespian Service Award, NSCTA Gerald Oswald Service Award, NSAA Outstanding Service Award, and Fremont Rotary Teacher of the Year and Nebraska Thespian Teacher of the Year. In her spare time, Lee enjoys writing. One of her plays was selected into the Great Plains Theatre Festival in Omaha and was subsequently performed at the State Thespian Festival.
Jon started playing guitar when he was 5 years old, and then took formal lessons with Jon Oats by the time he was 7 years of age. He continued to study and was lucky to have been taught by Juan Vasquez, John Monkman, and many other wonderful instructors in the disciplines of guitar, voice, theory, and trumpet. His first professional “gig” was with Bob McGrath (of Seasame Street fame) at the young age of 12 years old. By 18, John started studio recording sessions playing jingles and commercials. During his career as a professional musician he has played with: The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Blood, Sweat & Tears,The Carlos Santucci Big Band, The Fifth Dimension, John Monkman, Hull and Roach, Lenny Breau and many more. John has lived in several different states including Illinois, Wisconsin, Maine, Virginia, and finally to Nebraska where he enjoys serving at Midland as a guitar and instrumental instructor as well as band leader to our very own Jazz ensemble. A few fun facts about John, he was once a professional equestrian, a semi pro basketball player and a semi pro tennis player.