Conservatory Alum Jim Mair Receives Honorary Degree from Abroad
Jim Mair (MA music 1990) was awarded an honorary degree from the London College of Music at the University of West London. The award is the “HonLCM” and is intended to provide official recognition of individuals who have made a significant contribution to their field or the London College of Music. There are no official requirements to receive the award. The assessment board looks for “evidence of a clear and unequivocal commitment demonstrated through outstanding loyalty and dedication over a significant period of time.” Mair was selected based on his dedication to jazz music education and promotion of the art form.
“We have had a number of students come back from attending music camps here in the United States absolutely enthused and invigorated after working with Jim,” said Stuart Corbett, senior examiner at the London College of Music. “He has had an impact on these students and that impact has continued through their education.”
Mair is Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He also serves as the Artistic Director for The Kansas City Jazz Alliance, The Kansas City High School All Star Jazz Ensemble and The Kansas City Jazz Quintet and is the producer of The Kansas City Jazz Summit. From 2003–10 he was the Artistic Director and conductor for The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, a performance organization that he and his wife Mary founded.
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