Dr. Hartman

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Dr. FenleyLee Hartman holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (D.M.A. composition, M.M. composition (ABT in musicology) and the University of Delaware (B.M. music education-instrumental and theory/composition). At the University of Delaware, he received a Dean’s Scholar position enabling him to pursue an individually designed academic program combining music education and composition. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City he served for three years as the Assistant Director to Musica Nova, the conservatory's new music ensemble, while teaching a variety of composition classes. In 2007 he was invited to the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík and the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu to give lectures and master classes in composition. He currently teaches at the University of Central Missouri having held teaching positions previously at Park University, University of Delaware, and University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Numerous ensembles including Daedalus Quartet, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Paraguay, Project 60/40, UMKC Wind Symphony, California E.A.R. Unit, Schlaginstrumentengruppe, UMKC Wind Ensemble, UD Symphonic Band, itch, Pittsburgh State University Percussion Ensemble, Rice University Percussion Ensemble, Musica Nova, and Still Breathing have performed his works. Notable performances have taken place at the urban ecology of Arcosanti (designed by renowned Italian architect Paolo Soleri), as well at The Tank, Brevard Music Center, Schlern International Musical Festival, Kansas City Fringe Festival, University of Central Missouri New Music Festival, and at the National, National Student, and Regional levels by the Society of Composers, Inc. Hartman has also presented his research at the Music and Nature Symposium sponsored by Syracuse University and at the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies. His Six Etudes for Solo Vibraphone is published in Volume 44 of the SCI Journal of Scores.

Recent commissions have come from the Friends of Chamber Music and many individual performers. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City commissioned a collaborative, live performance, film score to accompany the 1920 silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as a part of its Silent Cinema series and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to accompany the special exhibit George Segal: Street Scenes with original choreography by Paula Weber.

An avid proponent of new music composition, performance, and education, he had his professional conducting debut in 2008 with newEar, Kansas City’s new music ensemble. He has also conducted works by Sebastian Currier, Lansing McLoskey, Paul Elwood, Ingrid Stölzel, Chen Yi, Chinary Ung, James Mobberley, Louis Andriessen, Carl Schimmel, Roger Hannay, and Stephen Yip in addition to coaching works by Kaija Saariaho, Martin Bresnick, Zhou Long, Terry Riley, Yehudi Wyner, Xiaogang Ye, Margaret Brouwer, and Stephen Montague to name but a few. Musica Nova, under his baton, can be heard on Stephen Yip's Gorintou released by Navona records. In the summer of 2009, Hartman served as an orchestra manager for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and Aspen Opera Theater Center.

Hartman is a member of ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and College Music Society. He serves the Society of Composers, Inc. as Submissions Coordinator, Editor-in-chief of KCMetropolis.org, President of the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and as of 2012, Artistic Director for the Mid America Freedom Band. His primary composition instructors include James Mobberley, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Paul Rudy, John Beall, and Jennifer Margaret Barker.

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