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Recent Accomplishments by Alumni from the Composition Programs at the UMKC Conservatory of Music

Libby Larsen Prize, IAWM: 2004
Chamber Orchestra of Denton Composers Competition, Finalist: 2004
Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize Competition for Orchestra, Finalist: 2004
Pauline Oliveros Prize, IAWM: 2003
ASCAP Standard Awards: 2003, 2004
The Third Pierre Schaeffer Computer Music Competition (Italy), Second Prize: 2001
American Composers Forum - Sonic Circuit: Final Selection, Performers Category: 2001 �

Festival Appearances and Broadcast:
SEAMUS National Conference: 2002, 2004
Electronic Music Midwest: 2002, 2003, 2004
Santa Fe International Festival of Electroacoustic Music: 2004
Society of Composers, Region IV Conference: 2004
GAMMA UT Conference: 2004
Bourges Electro Acoustic Music Festival: 2003
CEAIT: 2003
Electric LaTex Festival: 2002, 2003
Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival: 2000, 2002
Logos Foundation (Belgium): 2001
Dutch National Radio: 2002
Foldover Radio Program: 2004

Jason M. Bahr (BM 1995) - received his MM and DMA from Indiana University, and is currently adjunct assistant instructor at Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri.

  • 2002-03 Instructor and Chair of the Composition Programs at the University of Oklahoma
  • Summer, 2000 Instructor at the Brevard Music Center
  • Host, Society of Composers, Inc. Student National Conference (2000-2001)
  • Kubik International Composition Prize, Honorable Mention for cryptic omens (2003)
  • Ren�e B. Fisher Competition, Third Prize Winner for Elizabeth (piano solo, 2003)
  • Society of Composers, Inc./ASCAP Student Composer Competition Region V winner (2002)
  • Cambridge Madrigal Singers Choral Composition Competition with Psaume 1 (2000)
  • Greater Boston Choral Consortium Composition Competition, finalist for O Nata Lux (1999)
  • Cornelius Cardew Composition Prize in London, finalist for Carlton (piano solo, 1996)
  • Guest Composer, C. Buell Lipa Festival of Contemporary Music (1996)
  • Adjudicator for SCI/ASCAP Competition, 2003
  • Performances in Taiwan, Australia, England, Bulgaria, Brazil, Serbia, Canada, New York, Boston, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, Minnesota, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oklahoma, Indiana, Florida, Washington, Illinois, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas

    Patrick Alonzo Conway (MM 1987) - currently a free-lance percussionist, wind player and composer in Kansas City, and a member of Gamelan Genta Kasturi (UMKC).

  • founding member of the contemporary music ensemble newEar
  • Summer, 1996: Research Project onAfro-Cuban Folklore in Cuba through the Escuela National de Arte in Santiago de Cuba and Havana
  • studied with ethnomusicologist David Locke and noted Master Drummers as Abubakari Lunna-Wumbie, Frisner August�n, and John Amira.
  • Performances with the Gillham Park Orchtet, the Terrestrial Consort, Orquesta Inspiracion, Flamant�, Mambo X, ERV Andean fusion group, Grupo Aztlan
  • Composer/performer with Paul Mesner Puppets, Gorilla Theater and the National Audio Theater Festival.
  • Led the Creative AfroCuban Project as a part of the Studio150 arts-based youth job training program administered by the Metropolitan Arts Council of KC.

    Lisa Coons (BM 2002) - currently in the MM program in Music Composition at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (with a full teaching assistantship)

    Amy Dunker (DMA 2000) - currently Assistant Professor of Music at Clarke College, Dubuque, IA

  • recording of "Doina" by guitarist Jaime Guiscafre on NextaGem Records (2002)
  • commissions from Duo Contour (Germany), Krenzel-Doggett Duo (Cincinnati) and the Ovations Youth Orchestra (West Virginia)
  • master classes at Kagashima University (Japan), Muskingum College (Ohio), Universidad Nacional Autonomia (Mexico), Bowdoin College (Maine)
  • performances in the Ukraine, Italy, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Michigan, Maine, Texas, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Iowa
  • three entries written for Encyclopedia of Women and Music in America since 1900

    Leandro Espinosa (DMA 2001) - currently Assistant Professor of Music at Eastern Oregon University, and Director and Conductor of the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra and Grande Ronde Youth Orchestra.

  • Eastern Oregon University Faculty Scholars Award

    Jack Henry (DMA 2002) - currently Chair of the Music Department, Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO.

  • Reestablished Four Year Music Education degree for BBC - 1999
  • Departmental Self-study for North Central Association Accreditation - 2000
  • First European Tour for BBC Concert Choir (England, France, Switzerland, Germany) - 2001
  • Located major donor ($ 1 million) for new $1.7 million music department facilities - 2001
  • Missouri Certification for our graduating music education students - 2002
  • Who's Who In America, 2004

    Nicolai Jacobsen (BM 2002) - currently in the Masters Program in Music Composition at UMKC.

  • principal bassist for the Liberty (MO) Symphony and the Kansas City Puccini Festival
  • performs with Colorado Mahlerfest, Springfield Symphony, and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra
  • Fellow with UMKC Composers in the Schools
  • 2001 - Winner, UMKC Chamber Ensemble Composition Competition
  • 2001 - Winner, UMKC Concerto/Aria Orchestra Composition Competition

    JooKang Lee (DMA 2003) - currently on the faculty at Sung-Shin Women's University (Seoul, Korea), Sang-myung University(Seoul, Korea) and Busan National University (Busa, Korea)

  • Board Member of the Korean Society of Women Composers
  • Newly published works: Choral Score (Cantus Press, ISBN 89-952495-1-x03670) Choral Score and CD (Chorus Center Publishing, ISBN 89-951581-9-0) Forthcoming: Theory book "Understanding Contemporary Music" Forthcoming: Children's Song and CD (Chorus Center Publishing)
  • Performances: Choral piece "Psalm 100" by Inchon City Choir, July. 2003.
    String Quartet No. 2 "Deja vu" at Kumho Art Hall, Oct. 2003

    Shawn McClain (BM 1997) - currently Quality Assurance Engineer for Coda, Maker of Finale Music Notation Software

  • MM in Music Composition from Indiana University, 2000

    Michael McFerron (DMA 2000) - currently Assistant Professor of Music at Lewis University, Chicago, IL

  • Festival Co-Director, Electronic Music Midwest 2000-present
  • Web Content Manager, Society of Composers, Inc.
  • Resident Composer, Chamber Music Conference, Bennington College, Summer, 2000
  • Special commendation in the BBC Masterprize International Composition Competition, 2003
  • First Prize in the Louisville Composition Competition, 2002
  • Winner of the Cantus commissioning/residency program 2002
  • Visiting composer - Georgia State University, 2002
  • MacDowell Colony Residency, 2001
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra 'First Hearing Program', 2000
  • American Music Center's Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Grant, 1999
  • Four dozen performances, 2000-2003 in London, Latvia, Croatia, Cuba, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Virginia, Minnesota, New York, Washington, Arizona, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Vermont, and other venues

    Leah Muir (MM 2002) - currently working on her DMA in Composition at SUNY-Buffalo

  • Preseidential Fellowship, SUNY-Buffalo
  • Taching classes in Electronic Music and Music in Society at SUNY-Buffalo
  • Funding member of the performing ensemble Augenmusik
  • ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Award 2001
  • Summer Study at the Schola Cantorum, Paris 2001
  • CD release of "Wild Prayer" [Out of Nowhere Records] 2003
  • Performances and/or readings by the New York New Music Ensemble, Earplay (Los Angeles, Quattuor Bozzini, Metalophonico, Meridian Arts Ensemble, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Daniel Nass (MM 2000) - currently finishing his DMA in Composition at the University of Texas

  • "Hannah's Grave", for chamber ensemble, accepted to 2001 SCI Region VI Conference, 2001 SCI Region VII Conference, and the 2004 St. Olaf Leap Day Celebration
  • "In the Mud at Toad Suck Park", for percussion ensemble, accepted to 2003 SCI Region VI Conference, and the 2004 SCI National Conference; also a finalist for the Region VI SCI Commission Competition in 2003.
  • "Salt and Glue", an electronic score for the film by Samantha Krukowski accepted to 2002 Seoul International Computer Music Festival, 2002 CinemaTexas Film Festival, 2003 Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, and the 2003 International Computer Music Conference in Singapore; also featured in a month-long exhibition at the Blanton Art Museum in Austin
  • ASCAP Awards, 2000-2003

    Dr. JongMi Park (DMA 1999) - currently in the Master of Art in Music Therapy Program, UMKC Conservatory of Music

  • 2002-2003: Research Scholar in Music , Florida State University
  • 1999-2002: Part time lecturer (music composition) at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, and MokWon University in DaeJeon, Korea.
  • Subject of research paper by Dr. John O. Robison (University of South Florida) read at Cambridge University, London and Hawaii International Conference on the Humanities
  • Performances in Moscow, Korea, and Kansas City

    Marvin Sanders (BM 1987)

  • Editor-in-Chief, Keyboard Magazine 1996-99
  • Director of Artist Relations, Riffage 1999-2000
  • Vice President of Publishing, Harmony Central 2000
  • Creative Consultant for Web Publishing 2000-present

    Seongah Shin (DMA 2003) - currently a free-lance composer in New York

  • Artist Residency 2003-2004 iEAR Studio, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Troy, New York
  • Full-length concert of composer's work: SEONGAH SHIN ON iEAR PRESENTS! Oct 27, 2003, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, New York
  • Guest Composer, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Nov 17, 2003

    Ingrid Stolzel (BM 1995; MM Hartt School of Music, the University of Hartford 1997) - currently Program Manager for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City

  • Composer/performer member of newEar Contemporary Ensemble
  • Panelist Hartt School of Music - Women Composers' Panel and Concert, 2003
  • Music 2003 Festival. College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati. Master Classes with Louise Andriessen and Martin Bresnick.
  • Composers Seminar at Arcosanti with the California E.A.R. Unit, 2002
  • 13th Annual Ernest Bloch Festival. Master Classes with David Del Tredici, 2002
  • Oregon Bach Festival. Seminars with Tan Dun, 2002
  • Ragdale Foundation. NEA Fellowship for a six week artist residency, 2000
  • Bard College Composer/Conductor Program. Seminars and lessons with Harold Farberman, 2000
  • Performances at New Jersey City University, Otterbein College, the Hildegard Festival of Women in the Arts, James Madison University, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Indiana State University

    Xi Wang (MM 2003) - currently in the DMA Music Composition Program at Cornell University

  • Xiao Lan Wang Wins Award - Click here for more information
  • 2004 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition Award
  • 2001 UMKC Chamber Music Composition Competition
  • 2002 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition Award
  • 2002 Music From China International Composition Competition - First Prize. The winning piece was premiered at Merkin Hall in NYC with the composer conducting; also performed at Bard College in a concert entitled "Voices from China"
  • 2002 one of eight composition fellows at Composers Conference at Wellesley College with full fellowship
  • 2002 one of two composition fellows at the Pacific Music Festival with full fellowship
  • 2003 one of six composition fellows at the Aspen Music Festival with full fellowship
  • 2003 composition fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

    Her music has also been performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Composers Conference at Wellesley College and at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
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