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Dedication Honors Homan, McCandless

Dedication Honors Homan, McCandless

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 10/25/2006 - UCM's Department of Music honored two emeriti faculty members with the dedication of the Frederic W. Homan and William E. McCandless Pipe Organ in Hart Recital Hall Oct. 23.

Forty Years of Dedication to UCM


Frederic W. Homan, left, and William E. McCandless, UCM Department
of Music emeriti faculty, recently were honored with the dedication of the
Homan McCandless Organ in UCM's Hart Recital Hall.

Frederic Homan shared his love of music with UCM students for nearly four decades prior to his retirement in 2000. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Omaha and a Master of Music degree, with high distinction, from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also completed his doctorate in music theory, organ and world history.

Outside the classroom, Homan was involved in a variety of campus committees. He also helped organize the management of the university’s concert series and develop the James C. Kirkpatrick Library’s music and book collection.

Veteran Educator Served UCM for Entire Career

William McCandless spent his entire career in music education at UCM prior to his retirement in 2003. Following his retirement, he continued to serve the university and its students by accepting the post of temporary chair of the Department of Music for two and one half years.

He joined the UCM Department of Music faculty in 1969 after earning two degrees from UCM, the Bachelor of Music in organ performance and the Master of Arts in Music with a theory emphasis. He earned his doctorate from Indiana University. In addition to his role as teacher and mentor for many successful UCM music graduates, he served as assistant to the department chair from 1989 to 1996, and he served on a variety of committees at the department, college and university levels. He also managed the Missouri State High School Activities Association District Music Festival at UCM for 20 years.

McManis Pipe Organ Played Significant Role

The 13-rank, 11-stop pipe organ in Hart Recital Hall is significant to both Homan and McCandless. Built during 1960 by Charles McManis of Kansas City, the organ was the instrument on which Homan played and provided instruction from his first days on the faculty, and on which McCandless learned and played as a student of Homan and then throughout his career at UCM.

For More Information

For more information, contact the UCM Department of Music at 660-543-4530.