Artistry. Collaboration. Expression. The LNK New Music Collective serves the Lincoln and greater Nebraska community by providing contemporary music in a variety of venues. Comprised of local composers and performers, the Collective values interdisciplinary collaboration, striving to meet audiences by bringing new art to their daily life.
CURRENT MEMBERS ROSTER
Arntzen developed a love for composing music at a young age. She began learning how to play the piano at the age of 7, and thus many of her first compositions originated from that idiom.
Currently, she is an active performer and composer in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has held numerous roles in a variety of stage productions, and as a composer, she has written several song cycles. Arntzen recently produced her first full-length opera, The Cask of Amontillado, in March of 2018. In May 2018, she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She also holds a Bachelor and Master degree in composition from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Krista Connelly is a composer of contemporary art music with a strong interest in writing for dance. Her compositional output canvasses solo works, chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind band, chorus, jazz ensemble, and electronic media. Currently working on her doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she is a proponent for bringing new music to the community and is actively working toward this as a founding member of the LNK New Music Collective.
An avid traveler, she was recently a featured composer at the 2019 SCI National Conference in Albuquerque, NM. She was also a composer participant in Sävellyspaja 2018, the Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium 2016, and Quatuor Bozzini Lab 2016.
Raised in western Kansas, Connelly attended Fort Hays State University for her undergraduate degrees in music education and trumpet performance and earned her MM in composition from Central Washington University. In between seeking degrees, Connelly taught elementary music in Kansas and Washington and applied trumpet at three regional colleges in central Kansas. She also enjoys working in worship music, having done so in Kansas, Washington, and Nebraska.
Eric Howell is a musician based in El Paso, Texas with over six years of musical experience. He began his music career as a session bassist in jazz and pop performances, while also attending the University at Texas at El Paso. After traveling abroad to South America, Eric learned new perspectives of performing musicians and was inspired to approach his own musical projects with more passion. Eric was a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra where he was a section bass player and regularly performed with a variety of local artists. He began to gain experience as a freelance recording engineer while helping produce projects for fellow musicians in the community. Eric is currently a student enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is finishing his masters degree in music composition in hopes to pursue more long-form recording projects.
Heralding out of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Josh Spaulding is a music composer, percussionist, and educator currently based in Lincoln, NE. Josh is pursuing a Masters in Music Composition from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where he currently studies under Dr. Greg Simon and Dr. Dave Hall. Josh received his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Tennessee Martin in 2015, and previously served as the Percussion Coordinator and Assistant Band Director for the Horn Lake High School Band in Horn Lake, MS. Josh's works have been performed internationally in Thailand and Italy as well as the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors 2016 Conference.
Sam Stanley is a sophomore at UNL pursuing a degree in cello performance. He studies cello under Dr. Karen Becker and composition under Dr. Tyler Goodrich White. Sam currently teaches at Goldenrod Music Studios, Foster Jones Studios, and is a member of the Atelier Piano Trio. He is a two time prize winner of the Vesper Youth Composes competition with his piece “Adagio for String Quartet” taking first place in 2015 and “Introduction and Waltz” taking second place in 2016. In addition to composition Sam’s other interests include politics, chamber music, and music technology. In the future, Sam hopes to pursue a graduate degree in composition.