Featured Guest Performers: Athens Saxophone Quartet
At this time, we are pleased to announce that the Athens Saxophone Quartet will perform at the festival. Members of the quartet will be involved throughout the festival, including presenting workshops on contemporary Greek music, a saxophone masterclass, and composing for the saxophone.
Performance: 8PM April 9, 2010 in Hart Recital Hall (Festival Concert VI)
Featured Guest Performers: KCContinuum
We are also pleased to welcome KCContinuum, a recent addition to the new music scene in Kansas City, as guest performers for this year's festival. Under the direction of composer Nick Omiccioli, KCContinuum is quickly establishing a reputation for presenting innovative and inspired programs of contemporary music. Their performance at the 2011 UCM New Music Festival will feature works by American luminaries Elliott Carter and George Crumb, as well as pieces by festival composers.
Performance: 3PM April 9, 2010 in Hart Recital Hall (Festival Concert V)
Eric Honour (b. 1970) is a professor of music and director of the Center for Music Technology at the University of Central Missouri. His compositions have been performed across the United States and Europe, including performances at many national and international festivals and conferences. His music has been published by Roncorp, Inc. and Northeastern Music Publishing, and recorded on Capstone, Innova, and Ravello Records. He has won widespread recognition in competitions for both composition and performance, including the SCI National Composition Competition, the MTNA Collegiate Artist (both woodwind & composition) competitions, and the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards to Young Composers competitions. His music has been performed by such notable artists as Quintet Attacca, Q-02, Quintet of the Americas, Winston Choi, the Thelema Trio, and Quartetto Musicattuale. He is a member of the Athens Saxophone Quartet and a saxophone soloist, especially known for performance of music for saxophone and electronics. His composition teachers included M. William Karlins, Stephen Syverud, John Anthony Lennon, Jay Alan Yim, and Budd Udell. He completed the Doctor of Music degree in composition and a Master's degree in saxophone and composition at Northwestern University, studying saxophone with Frederick Hemke and Jonathan Helton. He was awarded a Bachelor's degree in saxophone and composition with highest honors as well as the Performer's Certificate by the University of Florida.
John Check is an associate professor of music at the University of Central Missouri, where he teaches music theory and aural training. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from Yale. His dissertation explored the uses of compound melody in jazz improvisations. His articles and reviews have appeared in Studies in Music from the University of Western Ontario, NOTES, The Saxophone Symposium, The Instrumentalist, and the ITEA Journal. He has read papers at the annual meetings of the College Music Society, MACRO, the Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable, the Missouri Philological Association, and the American Musical Instrument Society. In addition, he has presented a number of talks at the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota. An active performer on low brass and piano, he is interested mainly in theory pedagogy, musical form, and counterpoint.