Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule MUS 108 Basic Keyboard Skills II
MUS 208 Keyboard Proficiency for Vocalists
Fall 2019 Office Hours T 2:30-5:00, R 2:30-3:30, F 10:30-12:00
Inspired by the music of our time, pianist Nathanael May seeks to enlighten audiences around the world with innovative performances, initiatives, and outreach. Noted for ‘quicksilver grace’ (Fanfare), ‘outstanding performances’ (Classical Guitar), and ‘highly developed touch and sound’ (Fuldaer Zeitung), Nathanael has performed on three continents with appearances in Germany, Turkey, Italy, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Panama and throughout North America. He was named the 2012 Winner of the American Prize for solo piano performance, in recognition of his recordings on a variety of record labels. His leadership of the soundSCAPE Composition And Performance Exchange has been profiled by the webzine I Care If You Listen, and in the Eastman Case Studiespublished by the Institute for Music Leadership at the University of Rochester, New York. Nathanael founded this festival and non-profit foundation in 2005 and served as the artistic director until 2019. He also co-founded the Piano Days Festival and Competition with pianist Thomas Rosenkranz; held biennially in Italy, this festival attracts top talent from China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia. Guest faculty have included professors and internationally renowned pianists from The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Shenyang and Beijing Conservatories, among other prestigious institutions.
Dr. May was appointed Chairperson of the School of Fine Arts at Missouri Western State University in 2020, where he lectures as a Professor of Piano. His students are winners of local and international competitions, and have been accepted with full scholarship for graduate study in performance at institutions throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Dr. May previously served as chairperson of the Department of Music and has received faculty awards for Teaching Excellence, Outstanding Scholarship, and Service Leadership in recognition of his achievements at Missouri Western. Previous teaching appointments include the University of Kansas and Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, Cyprus.
James Albright holds a B.A. Music degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, which includes coursework in music, audio production and business administration. There, he was a full tuition scholarship winner and outstanding soloist award winner with the university orchestra, big band and small group ensembles. While in Nebraska, he honed his skills as a classical bassist by performing with the Lincoln Symphony and the Omaha Symphony. By the end of his schooling he had begun playing in clubs and halls across the country as a jazz bassist.
He came to Kansas City in 1992 and currently makes his living playing gigs, concerts, events, recording music and audio engineering. James continues to use his classical bass skills through his principal positions with the Northland Symphony and Liberty Symphony in the Kansas City area. He teaches bass at his private studio, at William Jewell College and at Missouri Western State University.
In addition, he performs with a wide variety of groups including, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, the Knucklebusters, Tim Whitmer, the Terry Hancock Band, Tom Jacobs, the Kansas City Bass Quartet and The Bon Ton Soul Accordion band. He is equally at home in the classical, rock, country, jazz and pop music styles on both upright and electric bass. His on-stage persona makes him as much fun to watch as he is to listen to.
James is also an audio engineer and session producer. He owns and operates a project studio, which interfaces with full scale studios and home studios alike. Live sound engineering is also a regular part of his schedule including everything from club dates to concert halls. Whether generating custom bass tracks, engineering a show or producing large multitrack works, versatility, creativity and great sound are trademarks of Albright productions.
Shaun Agnew, a St. Joseph native, is an area performer, instructor and director. Shaun is a frequent artist with Robidoux Resident Theatre with significant roles in shows such as Shrek: the Musical, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sondheim on Sondheim, Our Town, The Little Mermaid, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Willy Wonka, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Forever Plaid, Holiday in Plaid, and South Pacific. He’s also been “behind the baton” having musically directed shows including Next to Normal, Oklahoma, Tarzan, My Fair Lady, Chicago, Hello Dolly, Honk, Forever Plaid, Fiddler on the Roof, Midlife Crisis: The Musical, Bingo: The Musical, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Shaun has also been a past soloist for the St. Joseph Symphony and the St. Joseph Community Chorus, performing in such works such as Faure’s Requiem, the Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio, and Conte’s The Nine Muses.
Shaun returned to Missouri Western State University, where he graduated in 2004 with a vocal music education degree, to join the faculty as an adjunct voice professor where he teaches applied voice. He has previously served as musical director for Missouri Western’s productions including Cabaret, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Drowsy Chaperone, for which he received a KCACTF Commendation for Musical Direction. Shaun additionally holds a MA in choral conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music.
Since 2004, Shaun has served as Director of Worship Arts and Web Ministries for Ashland United Methodist Church where he directs and coordinates all worship and music programs as well as the technology and web ministries. He is also an active advocate for the arts in the St. Joseph community having served multiple terms on the RRT board of directors, including two terms as president, as well as being an active participant on the Allied Arts Council.
Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule MUS 103 Fundamentals of Music
MUS 215 Musicianship II
MUS 216 Musicianship II Lab
MUS 357 Theory and Analysis IV
MUS 358 Aural Training IV
Fall 2019 Office Hours M-F 1:00-2:00
Aaron Grant’s research engages issues of form, narrative, and meaning in the music of the nineteenth century. His graduate work (Eastman Ph.D., 2018) investigated the structure, formal function, and narrative resonances of Schubert’s three-key exposition. In his dissertation he showed how Schubert elevated the second tonal area to be on the same hierarchic level as the outer-two key areas, creating a three-part distinctly 19th-century expositional structure. His dissertation then explored the form-functional and narrative implications of that new understanding. This work has been presented at national and regional conferences, winning the Dorothy Payne Award for best student paper from the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (2015). Along with his work on 19th-century music, Aaron is also interested in the analysis of 20th-century polyscalar music. He has presented this work at various conferences, and won the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic’s best-student paper for a second time (2016).
Aaron is also a dedicated pedagogue. He won the Eastman School of Music Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2016, and his commitment to teaching led him to develop a research line on music theory pedagogy. To this end, he has presented work on methods for teaching undergraduate music theory courses in a historically contextualized way at the inaugural Pedagogy into Practice conference in 2017, and he is also currently working on projects that explore the uses of interactive media in the classroom and techniques for teaching musical form.
Outside of music theory, Aaron can most often be found rock climbing, running, or somewhere in the kitchen attempting to perfect the chocolate-chip cookie.
Lee Harrelson is Professor of Music at Missouri Western State University. He serves as the Chair of the Department of Music and instructor of low brass and chamber music. Dr. Harrelson attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied music education and music performance before completing his masters and doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance.
Dr. Harrelson is the founder of the Fountain City Brass Band and currently serves as its artistic director and principal euphoniumist. The Fountain City Brass Band (FCBB) is one of the America’s premiere brass and percussion ensembles and has been featured throughout the U.S. and Europe in concerts and competitions. The FCBB is the current top ranked brass band in the United States and the reigning U.S. Open and North American Champions. Under Dr. Harrelson’s artistic leadership the band has won six North American Brass Band Association Championships, eight U.S. Open Brass Band Championships and one Scottish Open Brass Band Championship since it began competing in 2004. During his tenure the FCBB has produced four commercial recordings, performed with countless world-class soloists and developed a youth brass program, the Fountain City Youth Brass Academy, that serves over 100 school aged students per year. At the 2011 All England International Brass Band Competition, as a member of the FCBB, Lee was named Best Instrumentalist; a first for an American at an English brass band competition.
Dr. Harrelson can be heard on numerous commercially released recordings and has appeared throughout North America and Europe as a clinician, soloist and chamber musician. Lee Harrelson is a Buffet Group/Besson Performing Artist.
Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule MUS 338 Concert Chorale
MUS 340 Chamber Singers
MUS 396 Music of Austria and Czech Republic
Fall 2019 Office Hours MWF 10:00-11:00, TR 1:00-2:00
Dr. Elise Hepworth is Professor and Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph. She teaches choral literature, choral conducting, K-6 and 7-12 music methods courses, and conducts the MWSU Concert Chorale and the MWSU Renaissance/Chamber Singers, recently performing at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference/In-Service in January 2018. She is a member of Kantorei of Kansas City, performing with the ensemble at the 2019 ACDA National Conference in Kansas City, and is the founding director of the Robidoux Chorale, a semi-professional chamber ensemble in Saint Joseph.
Dr. Hepworth is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University (B.S.Ed.), The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music (M.M.E.), The University of Mississippi (D.A.), and the New Zealand School of Music (G.Dip.). Additionally, she is nationally certified in the pedagogies of Orff Schulwerk and Zoltan Kodaly.
She currently serves as Repertoire and Resources chair for the Missouri Choral Directors Association, as well as the Advancing Music Education Chair and co-chair of the Advocacy Network Council for the Missouri Music Educators Association. She also holds a membership with the National Association for Teachers of Singing.
Dr. Hepworth was recently awarded the Foundation for Teaching Excellence by Missouri Western State University, the Mayor’s Award for Arts Educator of the Year and the Shine On Award for the community of Saint Joseph, and the MCDA Northwest District Outstanding Director for the year 2016. She is serving as Missouri Western State University’s faculty senate president for 2019-2020, and is an avid performer, clinician, and presenter at state, national, and international conventions.
She lives in Saint Joseph with her husband, Matt, and their two cats, Abby and Alex.
Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule MUS 334 Pedagogical Practices: Voice
MUS 342 Light Opera Workshop
Fall 2019 Office Hours M 9:30-10:30 & 2:00-3:00, TW 2:00-3:30
Paul Hindemith’s professional career has taken him from coast to coast and overseas performing opera, oratorio, operetta, musical theatre, and art song. Hailed as “touching and expressive” by the Washington Times and as “vocally and theatrically sturdy” by the Baltimore Sun, the baritone has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra; the San Diego, Utah Festival, Ohio Light, Skylark, and Fargo-Moorhead Operas; and theatre companies like Theatre Latté Da in Minneapolis and the Robidoux Resident Theatre in Saint Joseph. Hindemith made his European debut as both singer and stage director in Pergolesi’s La serva padrona with the Grumo Festival in 2014. Favorite roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, the baker in Into the Woods, and Lumière in Beauty and the Beast for which he received a 2017 RRT “Ruby” award for best supporting actor in a musical.
Hindemith appears on a recording of Bach arias published by the International Trumpet Guild; he also appears as Baron Weps in the Ohio Light Opera’s recording of Carl Zeller’s The Birdseller. A 2012 finalist in the National Association of Teachers Singing Artist Award Competition for the north central region, Hindemith has twice been a finalist in the Michael Ballam International Opera Competition. He has performed on concert series at the Mindekirken in Minneapolis, the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe in Dallas, and at several colleges and universities.
Recently, Hindemith joined Kantorei, a professional chamber chorale based out of Kansas City, a group known for its “flawless intonation coupled with an irresistible warmth and depth.” He has performed with the Omaha Chamber Singers, Opera Omaha Chorus, Basilica of St. Mary (Minneapolis, Minn.) Schola Cantorum and Cathedral Choir, Minnesota Opera Chorus, Washington (D.C.) Choral Ensemble, Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists, and the SMU Meadows Chorale. He also sings in the bass section of the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and the newly formed Robidoux Chorale in St. Joseph.
Hindemith has a growing resumé as both a stage director and music director. At Georgia College (Milledgeville, Ga.), he served as music director for Kander and Ebb’s Chicago, Ifa Bayeza’s The Ballad of Emmett Till, and the Georgia collegiate premiere of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays; he also served as stage director for two programs of Music Theatre Scenes at Georgia College, and numerous opera scenes at Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.). As director of opera at the University of South Dakota (Vermillion, S.D.), he translated and directed a production of Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel. At Missouri Western, he has served as music director for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeand The Wedding Singer and will music direct Schoolhouse Rock Live! this fall and Spring Awakening next spring.
Hindemith is also a passionate and dedicated educator; the Omaha native is currently an assistant professor of voice at Missouri Western State University where his duties include music direction for musical theatre and coordinating the voice area. Previously, he has taught at Omaha North High School, the University of South Dakota, Concordia College, and Georgia College. He graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with minors in Chemistry, Math, and German. Hindemith holds a doctorate from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland – College Park.
Hindemith is particularly interested in vocal pedagogy that enables singers to function a variety of vocal and musical styles, from opera to pop. He is also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly on the topic of encouraging students to take academic risk. He regularly presents on practical vocal techniques and vocal repertoire, vocal health, audition techniques, and text/music analysis for performers and teachers. His doctoral thesis was entitled The Singer as Communicator. In his spare time, Hindemith enjoys gardening, doing logic puzzles, playing games, and spending time with his husband Fred and cats Figaro, Timonium, and Josephine.
Kathleen Holeman has been a working jazz vocalist, pianist and trombonist in the greater Kansas City area and the Ozarks for over 25 years, performing with many great artists such as Gary Foster, Louie Bellson, Kim Park, and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. She has also performed in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Indiana and Georgia for festivals, series and private events. She directs the Ray Alburn Big Band and leads smaller combos in clubs, restaurants and private venues. She has been a judge at several jazz competitions, including the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championship.
Kathleen is Director of Vocal Jazz and Jazz Piano at Missouri Western State University, where she has also taught Aural Skills and served as Music Theater music advisor. She holds a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education with a vocal certification degree from Missouri Western State College and a Master of Music degree from University of Missouri–Kansas City. She directs the Missouri Western Vocal Jazz Ensemble, formed in 2009.
Kathleen has enjoyed working in many genres of music over the years, including country, salsa, musical theater and rock, and was employed as a director of church music for over 25 years.
Kathleen loves to bring all of this experience and knowledge to her students, helping to create well-rounded musicians and educators at Missouri Western State University.
Mary Holzhausen has performed in venues across North America and Europe. In addition to her solo work, she is principal flutist in the Kinnor Philharmonic of Kansas City, Kansas City Civic Orchestra and a member of several chamber ensembles including Trio Sempre and the KC Woodwind Quintet.
In the summer of 2015, Mary was a winner in the National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition. This led to a performance at the 2015 NFA Convention in Washington, D.C. In 2016 Mary collaborated with composer, Chen Yi. The outcome of this project is Memory for solo flute, a piece originally composed for solo violin. It is published by the Theodore Presser Co. Mary also collaborated with composer Simon Fink on his piece for solo flute, Elegy. This powerful piece was the inspiration for a YouTube video dealing with race relations, bigotry and human rights.
Mary received her DMA in Flute Performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory and her Master’s in Flute Performance at Wichita State University. While studying in Wichita, she was honored to be the recipient of two grants from the Kansas Arts Commission. The grants enabled her to study internationally with Jacques Zoon and Peter Lloyd at Oxford College in Oxford England and with Alain Marion and Emmanuel Pahud in Domaine Forget, Canada. Mary was also the recipient of first prize in the first ever Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist competition.
Following her graduate studies, Mary was a teaching artist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was also active as principal flutist in two Chicago orchestras. At this time, she was also a substitute flutist for the New World Symphony under the direction of Michel Tilson Thomas in Miami, Florida.
Her CD Telemann in the Flint Hills is available on her website and through amazon, itunes, and more!
Turkish cellist, Ezgi Karakus began her cello education at the age of eleven with Prof. Dr. Caglayan Unal SUMER and attended Dokuz Eylul University State Conservatory in her native Izmir, Turkey. While attending the conservatory she thrice won the concerto competition and before arriving in the U.S., joined several festivals including the Bremen Youth Symphony Orchestra in Bremen, Germany. Ezgi completed her Master of Arts at Marshall University under Dr. Solen Dikener’s mentorship, where she was awarded first price in the Belle and Lynum Jackson Balshaw Music Competition, and the Marshall University Concerto Competition.
She gave the world premiere of the Suite for Violoncello and Live Electronics by Mark Zanter and performed for the Society of Composers, Inc. 2013 National Conference at the Ohio State University School of Music. She also performed with several orchestras in the past including Dokuz Eylul Symphony, Ohio Valley Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Medical Arts Symphony (acted principal), Spire Chamber Ensemble and Kansas City Jazz Orchestra.
Ezgi completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music & Dance under Prof. Carter Enyeart, Mark Gibbs, and Micheal Mermagen. Additionally, she was chosen to perform for Yo-Yo Ma’s Master Class at the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts on March 22, 2018. At this performance, Ezgi gave the world premiere of Dok Zulfunu Meydana Gel, a Turkish folk song which she arranged with composer Anil Altinsoy.
Currently, Ezgi is an Adjunct Professor of Cello at Missouri Western State University, Emporia State University, and Ottawa University, a teaching artist at the Harmony Project Kansas City, a section cellist at the Topeka Symphony, a substitute cellist at the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and Kansas City Symphony.
Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule MUS 101 Perspectives in Music
MUS 345 Percussion Ensemble
Fall 2019 Office Hours M-F 9:30-10, M 1:30-2:30, T 11:00-12:00, R 11:30-12:00, F 9:30-10:30
Josh Knight is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Percussion at Missouri Western State University. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, and earned his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Central Arkansas. His teachers include Lance Drege, Blake Tyson, Thomas Burritt, and Benjamin Finley.
Knight has presented and performed at regional and international events such as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, Texas Music Educators Association conference, College Music Society regional conference, and numerous state percussion festivals including the Arkansas Day of Percussion, Oklahoma Day of Percussion, and University of Central Arkansas Percussion Festival.
As an active performer and clinician Knight has appeared at numerous high schools and universities throughout the United Sates, and has performed with the Abilene Philharmonic, Fort Smith Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Lawton Philharmonic, Pine Bluff Symphony, and Conway Symphony orchestras. Knight is also active in commissioning new works for percussion that include Inside The Shining Stone by Blake Tyson, published by blaketysonmusic; Shatteredby Cody Criswell, published by C-Alan Publications; Halcyon Days by Nathan Daughtrey, published by C-Alan Publications; and most recently, The Wind That Turns The World by Blake Tyson, published by blaketysonmusic.
Knight’s article, Trends and Developments Through Thirty Prominent Snare Drum Method Books is a featured cover story in Percussive Notes, the official research journal of the Percussive Arts Society. Additionally, he serves on the Education Committee and Ed Companion SubCommittee for PAS.
Among the numerous awards and honors received throughout his career, the most current include the Ronald Dyer award for excellence in the area of percussion awarded by the University of Oklahoma in 2008 and participation in the semi-final round of the Southern California International Marimba Competition in 2009.
Knight is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, College Music Society, TMEA, MMEA, and is an artist endorser for Vic Firth sticks and mallets.
Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule MUS 353 Woodwind Methods
MUS 344 Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab, Jazz Combo
Fall 2019 Office Hours M 8:30-9:30, T 8:30-10:30, WF 8:30-9:30
Bob Long serves Director of Jazz Studies/Saxophone Studio at Missouri Western State University. Additional duties include teaching woodwind methods, jazz improvisation, overseeing the jazz combos, and assisting with the Golden Griffons Marching Band. He also directs the Missouri Western Jazz Ensemble, the university’s top big band. Prior to Missouri Western Bob taught for twelve years in the West Des Moines Community School District where he was Coordinator of Jazz Studies for Valley High School. During his time at Valley High School the jazz program included five big bands, three for grades 10 through 12 and two at the freshman level, as well as three combos. Major appearances include a sister city exchange tour to Russia in 1994, performing at the 1996 IAJE Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and performing at the 1999 Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Festival at Lincoln Center. The Jazz Orchestra was also an evening finalist seven out of eleven years in the Iowa Jazz Championships. While at Missouri Western, the MWSU Jazz Ensemble has performed at the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival (2005, 2007), was invited to perform at the 2008 North Texas Jazz Festival, and was the featured collegiate jazz ensemble for the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference (2011, 2013).
Bob received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts degrees from Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State University). From 1985 to 1988 he pursued further graduate studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, serving as a teaching assistant in saxophone and jazz, with his primary studies being with Professors Tim Timmons, Mike Parkinson and Gary Foster. His other teaching experiences include serving for one year as Instructor of Saxophone for Truman State University, and for five years serving as the Teaching Artist in Saxophone for Drake University. Performance credits include the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Des Moines Big Band, Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, the Latin jazz group Ashanti as well as performing both the Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey music books. He has also backed up a variety of performers such as Bobby Shew, Clark Terry, Dick Oatts, Peter Erskine, John Pizzarelli, Marilyn Maye, Lou Rawls as well as Manhattan Transfer, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Bob’s professional affiliations include the Missouri Association for Jazz Education (Past President), the Missouri Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, NAfME, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Locally he serves on the Board of Directors for the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Society and is a member of the St. Joseph Symphony Board.
Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule MUS 210 Introduction to Music Technology
MUS 323 Music History III
MUS 352 Music Technology Ensemble
MUS 359 History of Pop
MUS 406 Composition
MUS 440 Commercial Music Practicum
MUS 494 Topics & Projects in Music Technology
MUS 495 Capstone Project
Fall 2019 Office Hours M 10:00-11:00, 12:30-1:00, W 10:00-12:00, R 12:00-1:00
David McIntire, born in upstate New York, was exposed to music through Protestant hymnody and playing clarinet in the small town band. Hearing the music of Sibelius in the fifth grade made a deep impact. As a teen he was inexplicably drawn to electronic and modern music, to the frustration of several of his teachers. For three decades, he has maintained his livelihood through playing, teaching, composing, and writing about music. As a young adult, he played clarinet and saxophone in a number of eccentric and overly idealistic musical groups, most notably the Colorblind James Experience (with whom he toured and recorded extensively), the Whitman/McIntire Duo, and the Hotheads. Presently, he leads the Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (EIO) an improvisational trio based in Kansas City. He also runs Irritable Hedgehog Music, a small label devoted to minimal and electroacoustic music. Several of their releases have been widely praised for their sound quality, historical importance and musical content.
McIntire holds music degrees from Nazareth College of Rochester, Ithaca College, and a DMA in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he was a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow. He is also completing a master’s degree in musicology at UMKC. His research interests include soundscape composition, minimalism and postminimalism, the “American Mavericks” tradition, and the music of Harrison Birtwistle. He is a current board member of Electronic Music Midwest, a founding member of the Society for Minimalist Music, and has given papers at three of their international conferences. In 2009, he co-directed (with Kyle Gann) the Second International Conference on Music and Minimalism in Kansas City
A native of Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, French hornist Kelly Misko has emerged as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and an entrepreneur in collaborative performances both in the United States and abroad. She is currently the principal horn player with the Northland Symphony Orchestra and the Harmonie Winds Octet, and is the Adjunct Professor of French horn at Missouri Western State University. She also is a frequent substitute with the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Opera, Starlight Theater Orchestra, and St. Joseph Symphony. Mrs. Misko performed with Josh Groban at Starlight Theater in 2016 and the touring Broadway production Cinderella in 2015. She also was the principal horn player with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra in 2014. She was the French horn professor at the Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville, Tennessee from 2011 -2014 and performed with them on the Grand Ol’ Opry Stage. She was a member of the horn quartet known as Genghis Barbie in 2011 with which she toured across the United States, giving interactive performances and masterclasses at the college level. Mrs. Misko performed with the Long Island Philharmonic for their 2011 season and was also honored to perform in the off-Broadway musical, Queen of the Mist as well as performances of Peter and the Wolf at the Guggenheim Museum. In 2010 she appeared as a soloist at the world premiere and podcast of Douglas Townsend’s Chamber Concerto No. 3. In 2009 Mrs. Misko was named the principal horn player of the New York String Orchestra and gave two performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.1 with the Musica Bella Orchestra. She has also given solo performances of the concerti of Mozart, Haydn, Gliere, and Richard Strauss. Mrs. Misko has had the honor of touring throughout Japan with the Pacific Music Festival in 2008 and in 2007 she toured throughout China with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. During the years 2003, 2004, and 2006 she toured with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra to California; Latvia, Estonia, and Russia; and Spain and Portugal respectively. Mrs. Misko has received numerous distinctions through the world premiere of Eric Ewazen’s Bachauer Fanfare with the Vandalay Brass Quintet on radio station WQXR, performing Richard Strauss’ Sonatina No. 2 with members of the Vienna Philharmonic, performing with the American Brass Quintet on its 50th year anniversary concert, and the commissioned premiere by the Arcadian Winds of Trinity; a chamber work composed by Mrs. Misko herself.
Mrs. Misko received her Masters of Music Degree and her Bachelors of Music Degree from the Juilliard School in 2012 and 2010 respectively under the tutelage of Jerome Ashby and Julie Landsman. There she had the opportunity to work with conductors Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas McGegan, Anne Manson, John Adams, and Keri-Lynn Wilson to name a few.
Steve Molloy is an Artist in Residence at Missouri Western State University, where he provides instruction in Applied Trumpet, the MWSU Jazz Lab, Perspectives in American Popular Music, High Brass Methods, and Chamber Brass Ensembles. He is also an Applied Brass instructor at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He has held similar positions at Mid America Nazarene University and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Kansas.
A busy freelance schedule keeps him occupied with a wide variety of musical tasks. He is the section leader and lead trumpet player with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, a founding member of the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band, and he can be found playing as a pit orchestra musician for many theatrical venues, including the Starlight Theater, KC Repertory Theater, Kansas City Music Hall, the New Theater, and the Musical Theater Heritage.
His passion for performing both classical and commercial music has resulted in performances either as a member or a substitute/extra with the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the St. Joseph Symphony, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Topeka Symphony, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas Brass Quintet, the Kansas City Brassworks, the Brookside Brass, the Boulevard Big Band, the Trilogy Big Band, the New Vintage Big Band, the New Red Onion Jazz Babies, and a former appointment as lead trumpeter with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
He has performed as a backup musician for Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin, il Divo, Barry Manilow, They Might Be Giants, the Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations, Mannheim Steamroller, the Drifters, and the Ojays. He has also been a musician for Walt Disney World. He is a member of the Kansas City Federation of Musicians and the International Trumpet Guild.
Dr. Wendy Raines-Grew is currently the adjunct Professor of Oboe and Bassoon at Missouri Western State University. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in oboe performance in August 2014 from the University of Memphis, under the direction of Dr. Michelle Vigneau. She was the first person to receive a Doctorate in oboe performance from the University of Memphis; after receiving her Masters of Music in Oboe Performance from Sam Houston State University, and Bachelors in Oboe Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University, under Dr. John Goodall.
While attending the University of Memphis, her specialization was the electro-acoustic abilities of the oboe/English horn and the related compositions. Her doctoral dissertation, “A Guide to Electro-Acoustic Performance for the Acoustic Oboist” focuses on allowing the novice in the field of electronics to feel comfortable performing the new repertoire, whether fixed media, interactive computer, or live electronic processing. She has setup the most extensive database online for oboists looking to find electro-acoustical compositions. Wendy has been invited to present her research twice at the International Festival of Woodwinds in Rio de Janeiro. An advocate of electro-acoustic music, Wendy commissions music for oboe and electronics including a piece for oboe and fixed media commissioned by Dr. Scott Hines. The piece In Memoriam was a needed addition to the repertoire.
Before coming to St. Joseph, Wendy was an adjunct professor at Drury University in Springfield MO teaching Music Appreciation and coaching chamber music groups. While pursuing her Doctorate, she taught Music Appreciation at the University of Memphis. Previously, she taught elementary music K-5 in the Houston Independent School District, having a majority of ESL students. Wendy continues to maintain a vibrant oboe studio of upcoming double reeds since 1996, with students going on to pursue music and oboe in college. Her studio has resided in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alaska, and Missouri.
Wendy has performed in Buda, Prague, Vienna, Shanghai, Beijing; as well as Alaska, and many other states. She was the principal oboist of the Memphis Repertory Orchestra from its inception until moving from Memphis. During this time she was the English hornist on a CD with MRO featuring Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 available on iTunes. She has been a soloist at Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Institute of Houston’s “60 Minutes of Minutes” and was the 2010-2011 winner of the Raymond M. Lynch Oboe Award for Outstanding Achievement. Wendy was chosen to perform the Strauss Oboe Concerto at an International Double Reed Society Conference during a masterclass with Eugene Izotov. She has performed in masterclasses for John Mack, Mark Fink, Joseph Robinson, Kevin Vigneau, Mark Ostoich, David McGuire, Jacqueline Leclair, and Tom Boyd. She performed a medley of Hollywood themes with Tom Boyd (oboist of over 1000 Hollywood soundtracks) in concert at the University of Memphis Double Reed Festival. Wendy was a Classical Music Contributor to KCMetropolis.org, Kansas City’s former online journal of the arts
Wendy is on the substitute list for the Memphis, Corinth, Springfield, Paducah, and Jackson Symphonies. She has performed new music with NewEar Contemporary Ensemble in Kansas City. During the summers she is frequently a musician at the SPLICE Workshops in Kalamazoo, MI working with electro-acoustic composers performing new works for the instrument. Before summers at SPLICE, she could be found at the Taneycomo Festival in Branson, Mo. Wendy plays in numerous ensembles in the Kansas City and surrounding areas including new music groups, orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber ensembles, and musicals.
Wendy is a member of the International Double Reed Society, and the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
As a versatile guitarist, Jason Riley’s professional experience includes recording, composing, teaching and performing in multiple styles. His education in classical guitar and commercial music included extended study in American styles, the Jazz idiom and improvisation.
As a recording artist, Jason has produced and released four solo CDs, Notes to Self (a compilation of original compositions) , Outtakes (original arrangements of traditional works), Spirit of Things (traditional American spirituals), and Funky Folk (familiar folk melodies and some quiet-time classical). An equally successful and dedicated sideman, his playing has been featured extensively on many albums by other artists.
Riley’s uniquely personal playing style, an improvisation-based approach utilizing “live” looping and tongue-in-cheek technical and technological effects, is demonstrated through his humble stage presence, acclaimed work with acoustic and electric instruments and heart-felt tributes to his many musical influences. His versatility of style, mood and character is seemingly unlimited: he can play soft and subtle, frantic and aggressive, he can swing, he can rock, he can play unaccompanied, with other guitarists or with symphony orchestra. His work on stage not only reflects his understanding of classical form and balance, but shows a highly original combination of this classical/rock/jazz background that very few guitarists can successfully execute in live performance.
Jason has won competitions and reader’s polls in both the rock and country genres and has opened for and performed with national and international artists. He has also made numerous radio and television appearances. When not on tour, Jason serves as adjunct professor of guitar at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, MO. He has also served as co-director at the Festival Chartres – an international guitar festival in Chartres, France.
Trevor Stewart serves as principal clarinetist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, NAVO Chamber Orchestra, and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, with whom he was featured as a soloist in 2013. He has performed with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Missouri Symphony, the Fort Smith Symphony, the Conway Symphony Orchestra, and the Interlochen Philharmonic.
He earned a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance and an Artist’s Certificate at the Conservatory of Music and Dance of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Jane Carl. He held the Clarinet Fellowship in the UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet and served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the clarinet studio. Stewart graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, where he studied clarinet with David Carter.
As a member of the UMKC Graduate Fellowship Quintet, Trevor was a national finalist in the 2015 MTNA Young Artist Chamber Competition in Las Vegas, NV. The same year, the quintet was chosen as the winner of the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society competition. Stewart was the winner of the Arkansas state round of the MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition, and served as principal clarinetist of the Arkansas All-State and Intercollegiate Bands for five years. In 2013, he won the principal clarinet position of the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Band. He was a finalist in the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artist Competition in 2006, the same year he attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he studied with Daniel Silver. His early mentors also include Kelly Johnson, Luc Jackman, and Kristen Denny. He was awarded the UAFS Academic Excellence Award for Music Education, and won the 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium with his project “New Technologies for Viewing Beethoven’s Residences in Vienna.” Stewart was an adjunct clarinet instructor for several school districts in Arkansas prior to serving as a clinician and private educator in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Leslie Thompson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Performance Emphasis in Voice from Missouri Western State University and a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University.
Mrs. Thompson has performed as an alto soloist with the St. Joseph Symphony and is an active member of the St. Joseph Community Chorus. Other performing experiences include Gianni Schicchi, The Long Christmas Dinner, Macbeth, Lucia di Lamermoor, Street Scenes, Die Fledermaus, Company, Sweeney Todd, Godspell, and A Little Night Music.
Currently she serves as an adjunct instructor at Missouri Western State University. She is also the choir director at Hope United Church of Christ at Cosby, Missouri, and maintains a private studio.
Clif Walker is currently a design team member and front ensemble arranger with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is the director of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City “Percussion KC” ensemble as well as the director of the University of Missouri “Marching Mizzou” Drumline. He is an active arranger, clinician, adjudicator, and composer with original works performed at PASIC, TMEA, DCI, BOA, WGI, and The Midwest Band Orchestra Clinic.
Clif was a percussion faculty member for the 2019 Music For All Summer Symposium and is a member of the WGI Percussion Adjudication Roster as well as the judging coordinator for both the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA) and the Central States Percussion Association (CSPA).
Clif was the director of percussion, design team member and arranger for BOA Grand National Finalist Blue Springs High School (2011-2015), and former director of percussion at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Florida (2001-2008), who performed at the 2005 Percussive Arts Society International as the high school IPEC winners.
Clif holds a BSE from Missouri Western State University and an MME from the University of Central Florida and is a former member and instructor with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Clif is published with Innovative Percussion and Tapspace and is proud to endorse Yamaha Musical Instruments, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, Beetle Percussion and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets.