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UCM Hosts Alumni Choral Concert Honoring Conan Castle

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 8, 2017) – The University of Central Missouri College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences will celebrate the life and work of Conan Castle, professor emeritus of music, with a special performance of the UCM Alumni Choir at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, in Hart Recital Hall.

Dr. Conan Castle
Conan Castle

Castle, a resident of Warrensburg, attended Doane College and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He joined the UCM faculty in 1959 and served as director of choral programs, including direction of the Concert Choir and the Madrigal Singers. He was a recipient of the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award in 1985.

Alumni who performed under the direction of Castle are invited to join the Alumni Choir for the April 1 performance under the direction of UCM alumnus and retired music educator Rick Weymuth. Weymuth taught vocal music at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels, retiring from Northwest Missouri State University as director of choirs and professor of music in 2001.

In addition to honoring Castle with their presence at the April 1 event, alumni and friends are invited to assist in matching an anonymous challenge gift of $100,000 to the Music Facilities Enhancement Fund in honor of Castle.

The event is free and open to the public, with ticketing required to assure adequate seating. Tickets for the event and registration to perform with the choir are available and pledges of financial support may be made by calling the UCM Department of Music at 660-543-4530 or online at

“This promises to be a memorable event featuring the talents of current and former UCM music students, brief reflections and a citation presented to Dr. Castle,” said Gersham Nelson, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “We will acknowledge Dr. Castle’s inspiration of hundreds of music educators and professionals and his impact on choral music regionally and nationally, and we look forward to welcoming our alumni back to campus for this once-in-a-lifetime event.”