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Conservatory Flute and Musicology Alum Wins Faculty Position at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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The Conservatory is pleased to note that Jonathan Borja (MM/Flute Performance 2005, MM/Musicology 2010; DMA/Flute Performance 2010), who has been Assistant Teaching Professor of Musicology at the Conservatory for the past four years, has been awarded a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Music (Musicology and Flute) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  He begins in August.  

Dr. Borja's earliest musical studies were at the National Conservatory of Music in his native Mexico City.  After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Principia College (Elsah, IL), he entered UMKC's MM/Flute Performance program in 2002.  During his years as a UMKC student, he won the 2008 St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Audition, the 2008 UMKC Conservatory Concerto/Aria Competition, and the Missouri state round of the 2005-6 MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition; was a recipient of the UMKC Dean's Conservatory Doctoral Fellowship and a UMKC Musicology Graduate Fellowship; and was Co-Artistic Director of UMKC Celebrates George Crumb at 80 (2009) and Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen at 100: A Centennial Celebration (2008).  He has been a member of the flute section of the MahlerFest Orchestra (Boulder, CO) since 2009 and the Topeka Symphony since 2010.  He has also taught at the University of Central Missouri, Park University, and Blue River Community College.

Dr. Borja's research focuses on the music of Mexican composers Silvestre Revueltas and Mario Lavista and Icelandic composer Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson.  He and UMKC alumna Kristín Jónína Taylor (BM/Piano Performance 1997; MM/Piano Performance 1999) released a CD of Sigurbjörnsson's music for flute and piano in 2015.

Dr. Borja's primary mentors at UMKC were Dr. William Everett (Musicology), Dr. Andrew Granade (Musicology), and Dr. Mary Posses (flute).

Congratulations!

For more information, please contact:

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