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Cockman To Perform in Prestigious Naumburg Competition

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 10, 2010) – University of Central Missouri alumnus James Cockman III, Pleasant Hill, will perform in the Walter J. Naumburg Foundation 2010 International Piano Competition June 17-23 in New York, N.Y.

Cockman is a postgraduate piano student of Richard Smith, professor of piano in the UCM Department of Music. Cockman received a Bachelor of Science in piano and organ performance from William Jewell College and a Master of Arts in piano with a minor in organ from UCM, where he began his studies with Smith. Cockman also received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas.

Participation in the competition is open to pianists worldwide. Preliminary competition is scheduled for June 17-19, with semi-finals on June 21 and finals on June 23. First place winner of the competition receives a $10,000 cash prize and two fully subsidized recitals in New York City. Second prize is a cash award of $5,000 and third prize is a cash award of $3,000.