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The Conservatory is pleased to note that composition alum WAng A-MAo (DMA, composition 2016) and first-year DMA composition student Shaosheng Li have commissioned works in the Focus! 2018 Presents China Today: A Festival of Chinese Composition! The 34th annual Focus! festival opened Friday, January 19, 2018, at 7:30 pm in The Juilliard School’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater and continues through January 25. https://goo.gl/NKXZmf

Congratulations to the Conservatory's strong composition department; students, faculty, visitors! UMKC UMKC Composers' Guild UMKC Alumni Association

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WOW! Conservatory alum Gavin Brivik composed the music for the Oscar-nominated film My Nephew Emmett. The movie is nominated for an Academy Award in the Short Film, Live Action category. Congratulations, Gavin! https://goo.gl/W5H9oj

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The Conservatory is pleased to announce that Conservatory student Alice Chung, who is working on a Performer's Certificate and studies with Vinson Cole, has won the MET district audition, held in Kansas City, January 20, 2018. She moves on to the regionals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 17, 2018. Performer's Certificate student Armando Contreras, who also studies with Vinson Cole, won an Encouragement Award at the same audition. Congratulations! Both students are part of the YAP, Young Artists Program with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Vinson Cole also teaches Tim Murray and Marlen Nahhas, who were district winners as well and are part of the Kansas City Lyric Opera's RAP, Resident Artists Program, along with Cole student Martin Clark, who won an Encouragement Award.

Conservatory faculty Vinson Cole, who is a UMKC alum won the 1977 MET auditions in New York City and had a world-renowned opera career. Recently, Mr. Cole was nominated to the board of directors of the prestigious Sullivan Foundation in New York City. https://goo.gl/1SbEK1

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Congratulations to the Conservatory saxophone students who were selected as semi-finalists at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) competition! The students, who all study with Professor Zach Shemon, will compete at the NASA Biennial Conference March 6–8. Rick Firestone Jared Marble Patrick Olmos Walt Puyear Chase Shumsky Mariah Goulet Thomas Kurtz Vincent Buzzelli UMKC Conservatory Saxophone Studio UMKC

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More great competition news! Artist's Certificate student Patrick Olmos advanced to the Nationals Finals of the MTNA Competition in the Young Artist Performance category! Congratulations also goes to KC Sax Workshop alumnus Justin Brown, a senior at Blue Springs High School who advanced to National Finals in the Senior Performance! Way to Go! #RooProud UMKC UMKC Conservatory Saxophone Studio https://goo.gl/WNjjmt

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Wow! Senior Josiah Sprankle has won the 2017–2018 Young Composers Competition sponsored by Arden and Harry Fisher, Community Music School, Webster University. Sprankle, a senior, is the winner in the level two (17–21 years of age) section with his composition "Sanguine and Phlegmatic." https://goo.gl/Nh6YFc
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Congrats to Conservatory student Luke Fitzgerald?, second place in the MTNA Regional Solo Brass Competition! WTG! UMKC? UMKC Tuba Euphonium Studio? https://goo.gl/d6XFus

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Congratulations to Volker Brass! The UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet has won the MTNA Regional Chamber Competition in Iowa City, and move on to nationals in March. https://goo.gl/w2gmV7

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The Conservatory is pleased to announce that associate professor of voice Aidan Soder performs with the Kansas City Symphony, January 17–18, 2018. Dr. Soder performs in the Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary—JIRITSU concerts on the Helzberg Hall stage in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The Symphony notes, "Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy promises an incredible experience with a full orchestra, choir, plus vocal and instrumental soloists. The concert also features an exclusive HD video presentation from game developer SQUARE ENIX. Celebrate the JIRITSU 30th Anniversary of Final Fantasy at Distant Worlds with your Kansas City Symphony and special guest Nobuo Uematsu in attendance!"

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The Conservatory is pleased to announce that four Conservatory students, Rick Firestone, DMA; Jared Marble, junior, BM/BME; Patrick Olmos, Artist's Certificate; and Walt Puyear, junior, BM; who study with Zachary Shemon, were selected as semi-finalists at the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition.

Out of 148 applicants, 25 were selected to compete in the live rounds in Cincinnati at the NASA Conference in March.

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