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Composition DMA Student Derek Jenkins Wins Composer Award

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The 2016 Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) annual commissioned composer has been awarded to Derek Jenkins, UMKC Conservatory DMA student. Derek receives a $1,500 commission with the completion of his new work.  Additionally, he will be eligible to apply for the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year award December, 2016.

MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) is dedicated to encouraging the creation of new works by composers and annually assists its affiliated state associations in the generation and performance of new music through the national composers commissioning program. A newly commissioned work receives its premiere performance at the conference of the State MTA.  Derek’s work will premiere November 2016 at the state conference where he will be awarded his commission award.  

Derek M. Jenkins (b. 1986, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) is an American composer currently studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA Composition, MM Musicology) and he holds degrees from Rice University (MM Composition, 2013) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (BM Composition, BM Theory, 2010). Additionally, he has received further instruction at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium and the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt. Previously, Jenkins held positions with Polyphonic.org's OnCampus Vlog through the Eastman School of Music and the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University. 

This year was especially competitive with 14 nominations.  As a consequence, the judging team awarded two honorable mentions to Eric Honour and Conservatory DMA student Steve Landis. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu