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MM Musicology and DMA composition student Dillon Henry presents "Reloading the Canon: Assimilating Popular Music Studies Into Academia" at the University of Pittsburgh's Pitt Music Graduate Student Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, February 5, 2017.

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MM musicology student Sara McClure has been chosen to present her paper "The Middlebrow in France: Poulenc and the Renouveau Catholique" at the Music and the Middlebrow conference, London, England, June 2017.
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Congrats to Conservatory alum Jodie Lin (BME Music Education, 1990; MM, conducting, 1992) been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Honor Administrator Award presented by KMEA. The award is officially presented at the ISW in February, however, a local presentation and reception with KMEA President Martha Gabel is Wednesday, January 25, 3:30–5 p.m., KCKPS Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, KS. Ms. Lin is Coordinator of Fine Arts in the Kansas City, Kansas public schools.?

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The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to note that Ulli Reimer (BME, 1978) is a finalist for Grammy in the Schools' Music Educator Award, 2017. She was also a finalist in 2016.

Reimer, whose focus is violin and viola, studied at the UMKC Conservatory with Tiberius Klausner. As a professional violinist, she has performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Starlight Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Municipal Opera, the St. Louis Philharmonic, and the Alexandria String Quartet. As a certified private instructor of Suzuki and traditional violin, her students have won numerous awards and scholarships leading to professional careers in music. She has performed under conductors Leonard Slatkin, Alexis Hauser, David Atherton, Peter Eros, and Walter Susskind to name a few. Ms. Reiner is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Suzuki Association of San Diego, served on the Board of Directors of the American String Teachers Association and was an adjudicator for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Grossmont College and MTA of California. She currently hosts and founded the PUSD Middle School Orchestra Festival.

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The Conservatory is pleased to note that musicology graduate student Sara McClure has been awarded a 2016-2017 Graduate Teaching Assistant Superior Teaching Award.
In addition to her certificate of recognition, Sara will receive a gift certificate, both of which will be presented at the February 9, 2017 reception and ceremony.
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The Conservatory is pleased to announce that Andrew Stout (MM, musicology, 2016) has been awarded the 2016 University of Missouri-Kansas City Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for his master’s thesis, Influence, Innovation, and Structure: Modernist Evaluative Criteria in the Reception Histories of Charles Ives and Jean Sibelius.

Stout is the third Conservatory musicology recipient in the past 8 years to win this prestigious award. Andrew will also receive a check and certificate at the award ceremony February 9, 2017.
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Conservatory DMA composition student Shao Zheng has won third prize in the The International Composers' Competition of the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016 for his composition A Pilgrimage to Wroclaw.

The European Capital of Culture program is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organizes a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension. The International Competition is hosted by the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw.

Shao Zheng's composition was selected anonymously by an international judging committee of 5 professors (from Poland, Italy, America and France) from 65 submissions that came from Europe, Asia and America.?

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The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to note that world-renowned composer and faculty Chen Yi's new piano concerto Four Spirits for Piano and Orchestra had its U.S. premiere in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The China Philharmonic Orchestra premiered the piece at UNC-Chapel Hill, Thursday, December 8, 2016.
The piece was commissioned by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The world premiere was at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China, November 18, 2016. The US premiere was at the Memorial Hall in the Carolina Performing Arts (CPA), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the China Philharmonic Orchestra, with piano soloist Clara Yang, a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member, conducted by Long Yu.
Chen Yi notes, "Four Spirits represented the four sacred animals in Chinese legend: the blue dragon in the east, the black xuanwu (a combination of turtle and snake in one) in the north, the white tiger in the west, and the red phoenix in the south. The images have inspired me in my music creation."
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The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to note that Erin Asher Buffum (BME, 2009) has been named Outstanding Young Choral Director award for the NEKMEA District. This award is for teachers that have taught no more than 9 years.
Erin, who studied with Dr. Charles Robinson, among others, teaches in Baldwin City, KS at Baldwin Jr. High and Senior High.
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Jason Sickel, who is working on his MME through the Conservatory's summer MME program, has been named the 2017 Kansas Teacher of the Year by the Kansas State Department of Education.
Jason is choral director at Blue Valley North High School.
The KSDE New Release notes, "Sickel has taught at Blue Valley North High School for four years. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education in 2004 from Emporia State University. He currently is attending the University of Missouri-Kansas? City Conservatory of Music and Dance to obtain his master’s degree in music education.
He has been teaching for 13 years and began his career as a vocal music teacher for Osawatomie USD 367. He also has taught at Louisburg USD 416 and Olathe USD 233.
Sickel is involved in several leadership activities and has developed numerous workshops and presentations.
'I can think of no other professional more deserving for this year’s Kansas Teacher of the Year Award than Jason Sickel,' said Tyson Ostroski, assistant principal at Blue Valley North High School. “It is because of him that young people feel empowered to grow not only as students but as people. There is little doubt that there will be countless people many years from now who will always remember the lessons learned in Mr. Sickel’s choir class.”?

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