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Conservatory tuba student Clark Elford, who studies with Tom Stein, won third place (honorable mention) at the MMTA State Honors Solo Brass Competition. Congratulations!

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Congrats to Conservatory euphonium student Brittany Klever, who won second place (alternate) in the MTNA Young artist Solo Brass Competition! Brittany studies at the Conservatory with Thomas G. Stein.

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Awesome! Conservatory piano DMA Xiangyu Zhao, who studies with Robert Weirich, is the first prize winner in the Missouri state level Young Artist Competition of MTNA’s annual national competition. Next Xiangyu Zhao competes in the West Central regional competition in January in Iowa City. If he wins there, he will be a finalist in the national competition, held annually at MTNA’s national conference, March, 2018, Orlando, FL.

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Congratulations to UMKC Conservatory alumnus Charles Bruffy (MM choral conducting, 1988), Artistic Director and conductor of the Kansas City Chorale, who has been awarded the prestigious Phi Mu Alpha Signature Sinfonian Award. Previous recipients include Luciano Pavarotti, Branford Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Robert Shaw.
Founded in 1898 at the New England Conservatory of Music, Phi Mu Alpha is an American collegiate fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The Signature Sinfonian award is conferred upon Sinfonian members “who have achieved a high standard of accomplishment in their field or profession, thereby bringing honor to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.”
Charles Bruffy also has multiple Grammy nominations and wins as director of the Kansas City Chorale, as do alumni members of the group.
Congratulations, Charles!

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The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is pleased to note that first-year composition DMA student Qi Jing has won the 3rd prize for his composition Fragile Illusion in the 13th Sun River Prize Students' New Music Composition Competition, Chengdu, China.
Congratulations!

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Conservatory Piano Technician, Kent Swafford, RPT (Registered Piano Technician), is publishing a year-long series of articles to appear monthly in the Piano Technicians Journal, titled "Twenty-First Century Tuning Style."
Kent notes that, "Although the modern piano has existed since the late 19th century, tuning styles have continued to evolve to the present time. The use of sophisticated electronic tuning devices over the last four decades has given rise to new methods for those techs who tune aurally without electronic tuning devices. And in what has turned out to be a wonderfully synergistic feedback loop, aural piano tuners have continuously suggested ways to yet improve the ways electronic tuning devices are used."
Swafford has attempted to codify the new tuning techniques in one place and suggest the transformation of “stretch” piano tuning theory into mathematically defined multiple widths of equal temperament. The best known of these wide equal temperaments is pure 12th equal temperament which as of recently is being practiced around the world, from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, to Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland, to Australia and Japan. Part of the series is currently being translated into Japanese.
Congratulations, Kent!

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The Conservatory is pleased to note that Gavin Brivik (BM composition, 2016) has won the World Soundtrack SABAM Award for Best Composition by a Young International Composer. Winners were announced Oct. 18, 2017.

Congratulations!

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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.”
Congratulations!

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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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