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Some of our favorite Roos are heading to Bulgaria! Conservatory vocal faculty Dale Morehouse, Raymond Feener, Aidan Soder, and Natalia Rivera will participate in the Varna International Opera Academy, bringing UMKC students Xin Shao, Xueli Li, Vicki Olson, Shannon Lowe, Emma Steiner, Emily Hines, Elena Rogers, Elisabeth Boaz, and Bailey Crase along with them!
Alum Andy Anderson conducts "Don Giovanni" (June 2–27) and the French Opera Orchestra Gala.
Have fun!?

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Another amazing Alumni Achievement! Alumnus Troy Cummings (MM, musicology, 2013), contributed a chapter, which grew out of his master's thesis, to the book Anatomy of Sound: Norman Corwin and Media Authorship by Jacob Smith and Neil Verman, eds. (University of California Press), 2016. Cummings' chapter is Media Primer: Norman Corwin's Radio Juvenilia. Happily, this text has won the Kraszna Krausz book award for moving image.
Since 1985 the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book Awards have been the UK’s leading prizes for books on photography and the moving image. Winning books have been those which make original and lasting educational, professional, historical and cultural contributions to the field.
In addition to the Book Awards, the Foundation contributes to the First Book Award, in partnership with MACK. The recipient of this prize works alongside MACK to realize a monographic book project of previously unpublished work.
The Foundation also presents awards recognizing an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing and a Fellowship in Photography.
Congrats!?

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The Conservatory is pleased to note that John Swapshire (BFA dance, 2016) is on a national tour with Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage.
Swapshire is dancing in the ensemble. Congratulations!?

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Bass vocalist Scott Conner (BM, vocal performance, 2008) who made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Der Rosenkavalier, April 13–May 13, 2017 as the Police Commissioner, can be seen in the Metropolitan Opera HD Encore presentation screened at movie theaters, May 17, 2017.

Congratulations, Scott!?

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The Conservatory is pleased to note that Lee Hartman (MM, DMA, composition; ABT musicology) has been awarded the Outstanding Alumni for the UMKC 2017 Pride Awards sponsored by UMKC LGBTQIA.
Dr. Hartman is an active composer with numerous commissions and is the artistic director of the Mid America Freedom Band, Kansas City, MO.
Alan Day and Zachary Parker began discussing the formation of a band during the summer of 2001. Originally planned as a senior Drum & Bugle Corp, the founders decided to shift focus into becoming a performing musical organization focused on Kansas City's LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transsexual, and Ally) community. Mid America Freedom Band held its first rehearsal on April 18, 2002 at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center in Kansas City with four musicians. That same year MAFB also became proud full member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association an organization complied of now over 35 similar bands across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Congratulations, Lee!?

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Congratulations to Richard Williams, Assistant Professor of Piano/Voice/Collaborative Pianist/Vocal Coach Accompanist, who was honored by the Kansas City Musical Club for his contribution to the musical life of Kansas City! He was honored at the club's annual luncheon, May 1, 2017. UMKC?

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WOW! First-year DMA Composition student Jonathan Booker will be a fellow at the 2017 Composers Conference July 16–30! More: https://goo.gl/BfuWrM ?

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The Conservatory is pleased to note that Stephen Rew (BME, 2004; MME, 2009 ) has been named President-elect of the Missouri Choral Directors Association.

In more than a decade as a public educator Rew has received his district’s Teacher of the Year Award two times and is a sought-after clinician and motivational speaker with “FirED Up” Presentations. He has served as the Repertoire and Resources Chair for Children’s Choirs for the Missouri Choral Directors Association and West Central Missouri Music Educators Association District Vice President for Elementary Choirs. Rew is a full time music teacher at Eagle Glen Intermediate School, Raymore, MO and is entering his 16th year as a professional church musician serving as the music director at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Congratulations!?

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The UMKC Conservatory's Distinguished Professor of Composition Zhou Long has had another busy year. Here are some of the highlights.

He and Chen Yi were nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award in the category of Best Orchestral Performance: Zhou Long & Chen Yi: Symphony 'Humen 1839'.
The Rhyme of Taigu; The Enlightened. Darrell Ang, conductor (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra), Label: Naxos, performed.

The Conservatory Wind Symphony premiered Zhou Long's Concerto for Wind Symphony: Ancient Echoes (2017) at the CBDNA national conference, March 17, 2017, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, conducted by Steven D. Davis.
Tipsy Howl for Horn in F: commissioned by Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD 2016, premiered Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD (The ARD International Music Competition) September 2016

November 18–19, 2016, American premiere of Piano Concerto (Postures) with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra under Maestro José Luis Novo. Performed by Conservatory alumnus Christopher Janwong McKiggan, piano. José-Luis Novo, conductor

September 28, 2016, the 9th Shanghai New Music Week Composer-in-Residence, four concertos featured in the closing concert. Peking Drum (1994) for Pipa and Orchestra; Five Elements (2008), Concerto for Flute and Orchestra; Postures (2014), Piano Concerto.Concerto for Drums (2006) for Timpani, Chinese drums, and orchestra.

Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake's new production part of the Ouroboros Trilogy at Arts, Emerson, Cutler Majestic Theater, Sept. 10, 2016. Opera News in Review/North America

September 3, 2016, Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, Song of the Ch’in (1982), performed by the Shanghai String Quartet.

April 1, 2016, Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan campus, Shanghai Quartet performs Song of the Ch’in

March 12, 2016, Qingdao Symphony premieres Tsingtao Overture.
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The Conservatory is pleased to note that Dr. William Everett, Curators' Distinguished Professor of Musicology, is invited as a featured symposium presenter at the 2017 Ohio Light Opera Festival Symposium, Wooster, OH, August 1–4, 2017.
Dr. Everett's books include Sigmund Romberg, Rudolf Friml, and Music for the People: A History of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, 1933–82.
Ohio Light Opera is the Resident Professional Company of The College of Wooster.?

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