UMKC Conservatory's Concerto/Aria 2016 Winners


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Concerto/Aria competition.

Armando Contreras, baritone, performs “Look! Through the port … And farewell to ye, old rights o’ man!” from Billy Budd, Op. 50, by Benjamin Britten (1917–1976); Brian Woods, orchestral reduction

Xiangyu Zhao, piano, (who studies with Robert Weirich) performs I. Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso from Concerto for Piano in D-flat Major, Op. 38 (1936) by Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978); Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, orchestral reduction

Fraser Farmer, bassoon, (who studies with Marita Abner) performs III. Tema e variazioni from Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (1977) by Nino Rota (1911–1979); Dan Velicer, orchestral reduction

The Conservatory Orchestra will also perform the 2015 Gerald Kemner Prize in Orchestral Composition winning piece, Steven Landis’s Burnt Ends.

Congratulations to all of our winners, and thanks to all of the competitors, accompanists, and judges.

Judges: Daniel Schene, professor of music and director of Keyboard Studies, Webster University
Joseph Giunta, music director and conductor, Des Moines Symphony
Genaro Mendez, associate professor of voice, University of Kansas

The winners concert is Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall with the Conservatory Orchestra (free admission, no tickets required).


For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949