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The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is internationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation, and community engagement.
The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is internationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation, and community engagement.

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The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that Keith Benjamin has been named Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Trumpet.
Interim Dean Diane Petrella notes, “Since joining the Conservatory faculty in 1989, the quality and impact of his teaching career is evident through the documented success of his students in national and international competitions, the presence of his former students on university faculties across the country, and the sustained, high-profile performance careers, as free-lance artists and members of highly respected professional ensembles, established by many former members of his studio. Professor Benjamin’s teaching career has been, and continues to be, of the highest caliber.”
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Our livestream from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts starts soon! Don't miss it! http://conservatory.umkc.edu/streaming/livestream.cfm
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The Conservatory is pleased to announce that David Thurmaier, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Chair of Composition, Music Theory and Musicology has published his article "'Perhaps I’d better go back to Mr. Jadassohn': Charles Ives’s Harmonic Training in Late Nineteenth-Century America" in Theoria, (Vol. 23), a journal of Texas A&M University Press.
Theoria is an annual peer-reviewed journal on all aspects of the history of music theory. It includes critical articles representing the current stage of research, and editions of newly discovered or mostly unknown theoretical texts with translation and commentary. Analytical articles on recent or unknown repertory and methods are also published, as well as review articles on recent secondary literature and textbooks. Back issues are available from Texas A&M University Press.
Dr. Thurmaier has received a Fulbright Scholar award for 2017–18. He will teach and research in Brno, Czech Republic at Masaryk University during the Spring 2018 semester.
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The Conservatory is pleased to note that composition DMA student (2nd year) Bo Li has won the 2017 Dr. Gerald Kemner Orchestra Composition Competition.
Bo Li's work Invierno will be performed by Dr. Robert Olson and the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra on the Conservatory's Concerto/Aria concert, March 1, 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall.
Congratulations, Bo Li, and thanks to an anonymous donor who makes the prize possible.
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Congratulations to alumna Nahyun Kim (DMA composition, 2014) winner of the 2017 Composition Contest with her work, "Hypochondriasis for Piano." The piece will be performed in Denver, CO at the 2018 Abundant Silence New Works Concert, January 27, 2018.

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The Conservatory is pleased to note that Dr. Andrew Granade, Professor of Musicology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies has published "Decoding Harry Partch's Aesthetic: Satire, Duality, and Water! Water!" in the journal American Music, Vol. 35, No. 2, American Music Onstage (Summer 2017), pp. 172-196.
Granade will also present a talk, "John Cage, Harry Partch, and Maverick Histories" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Music Colloquium Series, Sept. 22, 2017.
Dr. Granade previously published a text on Partch, Harry Partch, Hobo Composer, in 2014.
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CONGRATS to senior music composition student Aaron S Hill, who has been awarded third place for "Forest Rituals" in the Abundant Silence Composition Competition. The work will be published, performed, and recorded, January 2018. https://goo.gl/Kdzh66
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The Conservatory is pleased to note that Christina Choi (MM, flute performance, 2014) who studied with Dr. Mary Posses, has won the Third Flute/Piccolo position in the Springfield (MO) Symphony. The audition was held August 23, 2017.
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The 2017–18 academic year brings the exciting Conservatory Artist Series to the UMKC Campus, Folly Theater, and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Conservatory Orchestra kicks off the series with Conservatory faculty member Benny Kim, and the UMKC Opera brings to life a classic fairytale.
Our annual fundraiser Crescendo returns with this year’s Dawn of a New Stage, UMKC Jazz Night has the Folly swinging, and our season Finale features the Conservatory Orchestra, dancers, and choirs for Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms.
We are thrilled to welcome the empowering female vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock to the White Recital Hall stage, presented in conjunction with African American History Month.
Get tickets at the Central Ticket Office, umkc.edu/cto or call (816) 235-6222.

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The Conservatory is pleased to note that an article by Conservatory alumnus and former musicology faculty member Jonathan Borja (MM flute performance 2005; MM musicology 2010; DMA flute performance 2010), titled “Cultural Syncretism: The Sounds and Rhythms in the Flute Music of Samuel Zyman”, is the cover article in the Summer 2017 edition of The Flutist Quarterly, the official magazine of the National Flute Association.
Currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Dr. Borja discussed his extensive research for this article with UMKC Conservatory faculty and students at a First Friday Forum, April 2017, during a weekend visit in which he also gave a master class and performed a recital of works for flute and piano by U.S. and Mexican composers, including Zyman, who teaches at Juilliard.
Dr. Borja’s undergraduate degree is from Principia College; prior to that, he studied at the National Conservatory of Music in his native Mexico City. His teachers and mentors include Mary Posses, William Everett, Andrew Granade, Marie Jureit-Beamish, and Maria Esther Garcia.
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