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Music Faculty selected for National Performance - CMS - October 31, 2014

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UCM music faculty (pictured left to right) Michael Bersin - cello, Mia Hynes - piano, Eric Honour - composer/saxophone, Lee Hartman - composer, James Gai - clarinet, and Alan Wenger - trumpet, will perform as one of the featured ensembles at the 2014 College Music Society National Conference in St. Louis. The concert will be on Friday, October 31, from 7:30-9:00 pm in Ballroom Salon II of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Unlike the rest of the conference, the general public is welcome to attend the evening composers' concerts. Tickets will not be required, and seating is general. The program includes a variety of works by living composers, including two by UCM faculty composers Lee Hartman and Eric Honour.


Kolby Koczanowski

Kolby Koczanowski, Learning to a Greater Degree.  Kolby Koczanowski was a senior at UCM in the Spring of 2014. As a music performance major on percussion, he won awards and was hired as a percussionist at Worlds of Fun for the summer. But Kolby developed another passion - music therapy. He knew that he wanted to work with music in a therapeutic setting, but wasn’t sure about which population he wanted to serve. So, along with mentor Dr. Carla Maltas, Kolby developed an independent study that combined scholarly readings and journals with practical experiences. Kolby worked with geriatric populations, pre-schoolers and adults with disabilities using drum circle lessons that he designed. This fall, Kolby will attend the University of Kansas at Lawrence with a clearer idea of his music therapy goals. Kolby Koczanowski is just one example of "Learning to a Greater Degree."


Dr. Allison Robbins presenting paper in England, May 2014.Dr. Allison Robbins

In May, Dr. Allison Robbins will present a paper at the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England. The conference is Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen. Her presentation is “Songwriting in the Studios: Rescoring Broadway in 1930s Hollywood.”

In the summer of 2014, Dr. Robbins will be completing a month-long residency at the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado - Boulder. She is the recipient of one of their visiting research fellowships for her research proposal on silent westerns. She will be working with their archival collection of silent film scores and cue sheets, really fascinating materials.

In June of 2014, she will be completing my research fellowship at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, where she did archival work last summer. Dr. Robbins will be giving a talk regarding music and Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Date of the talk is TBA.


Dr. Eric Honour:

On March 15, Eric Honour’s collaboration, "Time and Memory: Bringing Light to Life," with choreographer Chadi El-Khoury was premiered at Paragraph Gallery in downtown Kansas City. This project was part of a larger series of collaborations he organized, as the president of the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA), between KcEMA and the Paragraph Gallery Resident Artists. Honour’s role in this particular project was to provide live, interactive video projections, using a Microsoft Kinect and a lot of computer programming to track dancers live and use their movements to control and generate live video. Two separate projectors were used to engulf the dancers in light. Video of the performance is not available yet, but professional photos are visible on Chadi's site:

On March 21, Honour performed with Athens Saxophone Quartet at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, at the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign. The program included his composition, "here is no water but only rock," as well as "Tetrasax," by quartet founder, Athanasios Zervas.

On March 22, the UCM Wind Ensemble premiered my new composition, "The Persistence of Magic," for wind ensemble and live electronics, at the 2014 CBDNA-SW conference, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Following the premiere, Dr. Honour served on a composers' panel, for an extended discussion about new music and the composer's voice with the band directors in attendance.

Nick Omiccioli:

Mr. Omiccioli was the Invited composer for the GAMMA-UT Festival (Austin, TX) on March 29th, including a performance of: “Push/pull” (2013) for sepet.

On March 31, 2014 Omiccioli was the featured composer with the Earplay Ensemble (San Francisco, CA) for a performance of “Falling through infinity” (2010.13) for flute, violin-cello, and piano.

Omiccioli will serve as the guest composer at the Heidelberg New Music Festival (Tiffin, OH) on April 4-6, 2014.  He will be giving a lecture, masterclass, and have performances of his works:

“Funeral symphony after m.k ciurlionis” (2013) for string quartet and video

“Anima/animus” (2012) for clarinet, viola, and piano

“From within” (2008.12) for violin, violin-cello, and piano


Lubaroff to Receive 2014 Governor's Award for Excellence in Educationread more...


David AdamsDavid Adams featured on Kantorei of Kansas City CD released on the Resonus label.   The Missouri-based choir Kantorei of Kansas City, with director Chris Munce, make their Resonus Classics debut with a varied selection of choral works by the prolific New York-based composer Matthew Harris.  View the complete CD insert here.


UCM Students and Teachers earn multiple honors at 2014 NATS Students Auditions. The 2014 auditions were hosted at UCM by the UCM voice faculty Sunday, Febraury 9, 2014. Teachers and students from UMKC, William Jewell, Mid-America University, MU, Columbia College, Central Methodist and others were in attendance. The competition included a total of 12 divisions, determined by age and length of study.

M1-Lower High School Men
2nd Place-Zack Nowlin//Teacher: Sentgeorge

W1-A-Lower High School Women
1st-Anna Wenger//Teacher: Roden

CM2-Upper College Men
4th-Evan Edwards//Teacher: Adams

CW1-Lower College Women
1st-Amber Naugle//Roden
3rd -Olivia Piontek//Teacher: Sentgeorge
5th-Abby Treat//Teacher: Sentgeorge

CW2-Upper College Women
3rd-Haley Steele//Teacher: Sentgeorge

2nd-Michelle Smith//Teacher: Roden

MT1-A (Musical Theatre for High School-younger singers)
three way tie for 4th place:
4th-Alyssa Haverly//Teacher: Sentgeorge

MT2- (Musical Theatre for College)
3rd-Lauren Smith//Teacher: Sentgeorge


Dr. Gary Brattin to be featured at Northern Rockies Tuba Euphonium Festival.  Dr. Brattin will be traveling to the University of Montana (Missoula,Gary Brattin MT) in February, as a guest artist of the Nothern Rockies Tuba Euphonium Festival, where he will adjudicate their solo competition, play on a faculty recital and conduct the massed tuba-euphonium ensemble.

Dr. Brattin was also the guest conductor of the I-70 Conference Band at Crest Ridge High School, MO in January 2014.


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Dr. Eric Honour elected to ICMA board as Regional Director for the Americas.  Eric Honour was recently notified that he has been elected to a four-year term as the Regional Director for the Americas, representing the International Computer Music Association

 In addition, Mauricio Salguero's CD of music for clarinet and electronics, "Quirk," has now officially been released and will soon be available at all the usual outlets (iTunes, Amazon, etc.). Eric Honour engineered and co-produced this disc, with editing by students in the music technology program. It includes music by Honour—the title track—as well as a number of other composers, including past UCM adjunct professor, Jason Bolte.


Alyce PickeringPickering named winner of the 2014 Quistorff Opera/Aria Prize Competition.  Alyce Pickering (pictured to the left), a sophomore soprano majoring in vocal performance was named winner of this competition on Monday, February 3, 2014.  Alyce is a student of David Adams.  Hannah Dykstra (pictured to the right), a vocal music education major in her junior year, was named as the second place winner.  Hannah studies with Dr. Stella RodenJordan Bisch, bass vocalist from New York, NY served as the judge.Hannah Dykstra


Dr. Alan WengerDr. Alan Wenger to be honored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with Alumni Achievement Award in Music.  Dr. Wenger was notified on February 3, 2014 that he has been selected to be honored with the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Alumni Achievement Award in Music.  The Alumni Board summarized Dr. Wenger's accomplishments as "...[your] career in music and as a trumpet educator has been outstanding since graduating from UNL in 1988." Dr. Wenger will receive the award on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Honors Dinner.


UCM Jazz Ensemble students selected to perform with Missouri All-Collegiate Jazz Ensemble.  Michael Sticken (trombone) and Matthew Cook (trumpet) will perform with the Missouri All-Collegiate Jazz Ensemble this week at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association - In-Service/Workshop.  Both are members of UCM's Jazz Ensemble 1, directed by Dr. David Aaberg.


Dr. Rob Lawrence serves as featured clinician at the 30TH MTSU Winter Music Education Conference. Click for brochure


UCM piano students undertake high impact service learning opportunity: Three of the UCM piano pedagogy students: Tori Appleby, Mary Gossell, and Alex Sinclair, have been given an exceptional opportunity for service learning this semester. The director of the Warrensburg Schools "after school program" (Ms. Ashley Stephens) conceived of a plan to offer special programs at the afternoon daycare locations. She wrote a grant that would allow her to spend up to $200 a week paying piano teachers to come to the two daycare locations and teach group piano classes every week during the spring semester.

The daycare director has no piano background or interest, other than wanting the kids to be able to learn. This allows the UCM students the opportunity to design a brief curriculum and implement it. They are working together as a team to do this, and will spend time in this semester's piano pedagogy class focusing on group instruction. The students study with Dr. Mia Hynes and Dr. Tian Tian at UCM.


The recent release on David McIntire's Irritable Hedgehog label of piano music by Eva-Maria Houben was mentioned in the New Yorker's list of notable recordings of 2013. In addition, the Irritable Hedgehog album "November," with pianist R. Andrew Lee, was picked as the #1 Classical recording of 2013 by TimeoutNY magazine. Dr. Eric Honour, UCM's Director of the Center for Music Technology served as the mastering engineer for this disc; it was mastered in Studio A at UCM.



Dr. John Check, Associate Professor - Music Theory, recently received notification of a review being published in the December 23 issue of *The Weekly Standard*:


Dr. Sheri Mattson, oboist with the The Lake Cottage Duo will be performing live on Wisconsin Public Radio on November 24th from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. It will be streamed live, too at Go to the Listen Live links at the right and click on NPR News and Classical. The program is called "Live from the Chazen."


UCM Music Technology program selected for Shure Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition. The Shure microphone company will send UCM a locker full of Shure microphones. Students will have several months to record/produce a track using only those mics and no line-level inputs. The finished tracks are forwarded to a panel of Grammy-winning engineers to be judged. According to Dr. Eric Honour, Director of the Center for Music Technology, "if UCM wins, we get to keep the mics they send us, plus other equipment/awards. If we place, we receive a smaller assortment of prizes. It's a great educational experience for the students, and a nice opportunity for the university." The information about the competition is available here: Shure Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition


Dr. Carla Maltas assists Boy Scouts of America as an instructor for Merit Badge University, September 13 - 15, 2013.  (Dr. Maltas is pictured to the far left below, with other UCM music students assisting).  Read the complete Merit Badge University information here: MBU (pdf).Merit badge university photo











Haley SteeleHaley Steele, vocal music education major at UCM, was recognized recently as one of the top three McNair Scholars Program summer research internship papers which will be published in full in The McNair Journal this fall. The interns, titles, and research, library, and department mentors are: First Place: Haley Steele, "An Historical Approach to National Schools of Singing and the Development of National Trends in Vocal Execution and Pedagogy," Jacob Sentgeorge, Rob Hallis, and Stella Roden - mentors; Second Place: Loria Lomonte, "Have Children Been Left Behind? Differences Between Privately-Funded Educations and Public Educations with an Emphasis on No Child Left Behind," Kenneth Carter, Karla Massia, and Steve Schuetz; Third Place: Jacob Heldenbrand, "Effectiveness of a Select siRNA's Ability to Diminish Gene Expression in the Fission Yeast, Schizoasaccharomyces pombe," Jason Holland, Carol Smith, and Anna Oller.


Dr. Michael Sekelsky, interim department chair and PAS Drum Set Committee chair, for the past year served on an ad-hoc committee for the International Percussion Arts Society with the goal of developing the most comprehensive historic drum set display to date.  The Rhythm Discovery Center in Indianapolis, IN will unveil the exhibit titled "DRUMset: Driving the Beat of American Music" in November 2013 in conjunction with the annual PASIC International Convention.  The exhibit is expected to be housed at the Rhythm Discovery museum for a two-year period.



Dr. Alan WengerQuartet ExampleDr. Alan Wenger received notice that his new quartets book for trumpet, is being published by Balquhidder Music and distributed by Carl Fischer. Rob Roy MacGregor (owner of Balquhidder) has informed Dr. Wenger that the book is now on its way to the printers and is scheduled for a September release. This book will be on the front page of the Carl Fischer newsletter and website to advertise it's release.


Dr. Eric HonourDr. Eric Honour recently received notice that his composition, "Quirk" has been accepted for performance at the 2013 International Computer Music Conference, in Perth, Australia, in August. ICMC is the foremost gathering of computer music researchers, composers, performers, and scholars in the world. Honour's composition is for bass clarinet and computer. Commissioned by renowned soloist Mauricio Salguero, it features real-time processing of the bass clarinet mixed with hip-hop grooves. The work is included in Salguero's forthcoming CD of music for clarinet and computer, accepted for release by Parma Records.

For more information on the 2013 ICMC, visit:

To hear Honour's piece, performed by Salguero, visit:


Sarah Kliethermes receives Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies Scholarship

Vocal student Sarah Rose Kliethermes, has been selected as a recipient of one of twelve $1500 Undergraduate Scholarships given by Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. for the 2013/2014 academic year. There were many outstanding applications for Undergraduate Scholarships. Sarah was evaluated by the SAI scholarship committee as an excellent representative of the UCM music program.


Dr. Michael Sekelsky named recipient of UCM Foundation Opportunity Grant

Dr. Michael Sekelsky, Professor of Music (Percussion and Band Assistant), has been named a recipient of the first UCM Foundation Opportunity Grants.  The UCM Foundation launched this grant program in 2013 to support targeted, student-centered activities of UCM faculty and staff resulting in significant outcomes that benefit the university's learning environment. Grants start at $100 and range to an individual maximum of $5,000. Grants are funded on the fiscal year running July 1 through June 30.

Sekelsky's grant project will use Make Music's SmartMusic and their new iPad application, to improve percussion student sightreading.  The funds awarded will assist with the purchase of three iPads, three microphones, three student subscriptions to SmartMusic, as well as one educator subscription.


UCM music graduate Nathan Gearke was honored recently as one of Missouri's Outstanding Beginning Teachers.  Nathan was the only music teacher honored this year. The photograph below was taken at the MACTE Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award Ceremony.

Nathan Gearke


Dr. Michael Sekelsky has article on innovative mobile phone class use published

Dr. Michael Sekelsky, Professor of Music (Percussion and Band Assistant), currently serves as the Technology advisor for the Missouri Music Educators Association - Advisory Board.  His article for the summer issue of the Missouri School Music magazine, focused on his web site layout that allowed UCM students to view his Percussion Class outline, calendar, assignments, and other pertinent information (including exams) using nothing but their Smartphones.  The article is available as a pdf download to members at the MMEA website:


Dr. John Check has review published in the Wall Street Journal

Dr. John CheckDr. John Check, Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory), was recently honored with the publishing of one if his book reviews.  The book review was published in the prestigious Wall Street JournalRead the review...  Dr. Check has also been featured recently in the College Music Symposium (journal of the College Music Society).  Read his most recent article here...


Music Technology students earn honors in Regional Competition

Shane Meyer and Ross Hullender

Shane Meyer and Ross Hullender - UCM Music Technology

Several UCM music technology majors journeyed to St. Louis to attend the 7th annual Central Region AES Student Summit at Webster University over the weekend of March 22/23, 2013. This event draws hundreds of students from throughout the midwest, from Chicago, Minneapolis, and Michigan down into Texas and from Nashville to Denver.

Each year, the event hosts a student mixing competition, adjudicated by audio professionals. In the past, UCM has had several students place or receive honorable mention awards. This year, Dr. Eric Honour, Director of the Center for Music Technology at UCM, had two music technology majors, Ross Hullender and Shane Meyer, placing 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, giving UCM two of the top three awards.


David Aaberg recognized in recent Kansas City Entertainment Article

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra recently featured trumpet legend Randy Brecker as soloist with the ensemble.  David Aaberg, a long-time member of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra received recognition as well.  read more...


UCM Percussionists take two trophies at 2013 MMPAT.

MMPAT winners 2013

Pictured above are UCM percussion students connected with the recent Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy Competition in Lebanon, MO.  The event host is UCM graduate Carol Helble (BME, BM, and MA).  Second from the left in the top row is James Doyle, a 1998 UCM graduate in percussion (BME/BM) who served as a timpani judge and timpani masterclass guest clinician.  Seated in the bottom row are Marcus Neudigate (1st from the left) who placed 3rd in the Collegiate Timpani division, and tied for 3rd in the Collegiate Marimba competition.  Seated next to him is Rebecca Meads, 2nd place winner in the Collegiate Timpani division.  Other UCM students competing were Kolby Koczanowski (timpani and marimba) and Caleb Smith (timpani).


Congratulations to Jacqueline Blanc for winning the 2013 Quistorff Opera Aria Prize. Amber Naugle was second place and all the performers were well-prepared.

Thanks to Stella Roden, Jake Sentgeorge, and David Adams for coordinating the competition and preparing the students. It was wonderful to have Dr. Roden's mentor, Constance Rock, on campus. Also, we are very appreciative of Edwin and Lynda Quistorff for their sponsorship of the competition for 8 years.


Russ and Alice Coleman













The University of Central Missouri Department of Music recently recognized the dedication of a member of its emeriti faculty with the dedication of the Russell Coleman Rehearsal Hall in the university’s Utt Building.

Congratulating Russell Coleman, right, on the dedication of the Russell Coleman Rehearsal Hall are, left to right, UCM President Chuck Ambrose; Gersham Nelson, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and Steven Moore, chair of the Department of Music. The dedication of the Russell Coleman Rehearsal Hall followed the UCM Alumni Band gathering and concert on Saturday, Jan. 12. The event brought many of Coleman’s former students together to participate in the dedication, including a former student who traveled from Wyoming to participate.

Steven Moore, chair of the UCM Department of Music, introduced Gersham Nelson, dean of the UCM College of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences; UCM President Charles Ambrose; and Dale Carder, Warrensburg, who served as UCM Marching Mules drum major for four years under the direction of Coleman. Each expressed their appreciation for the dedication of Coleman and his wife, Alice, to the university’s music program and the community.

“This really isn’t about me,” Coleman said. “It recognizes what my students and I were able to achieve in this room. This recognition is the result of the efforts and successes of the students and faculty I had the pleasure to work with.”

Coleman, a resident of Warrensburg, was a member of the university’s music faculty from 1964 until his retirement in 1996. During that time he served as director of bands, including the Marching Mules and the Concert Band, and provided private instruction.

During Coleman’s tenure, the UCM bands were invited to perform at variety regional and national conferences, establishing the Central Concert Band as a major ensemble. Coleman and the Department of Music also established a close relationship with Frank Erickson and Claude T. Smith, nationally known composers of music for concert band. The UCM Concert Band recorded many of their compositions for distribution by publishing companies. Hundreds of high school and college band directors began their career under the direction of Coleman.

Coleman also served as one of four directors of the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble in Japan, traveling to Japan for a three month period four times between 1997 and 2007. He directed the ensemble during a U.S. tour in 2006.

While at UCM Coleman also was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He currently is one of only three members of the national organization from Missouri. Following his retirement, he was elected to the Missouri Bandmasters Hall of Fame and the Missouri Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.

Coleman also has been active in the Warrensburg community as the founding conductor of the Warrensburg Community Band, which has provided a summer concert series for the Warrensburg community since it was founded in 1985.

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