CONSERVATORY

UMKC Students Succeed In Divisional Rounds of MTNA Competitions

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The Conservatory is pleased to note that six UMKC Conservatory Instrumental Studies Division students just became National Finalists in the 2014-15 MTNA Young Artist Brass, Young Artist Woodwind, and Wind Chamber Music Competitions, after winning the West Central Divisional Rounds Jan. 9–11, 2015, MTNA West Central Divisional Conference, Fargo, ND; and a Conservatory Keyboard Studies DIvision student was named Alternate in the Divisional Round of the Young Artist Piano competition. 

MTNA WEST CENTRAL DIVISIONAL ROUND results:

YOUNG ARTIST BRASS COMPETITION
WINNER:  NATALIE HIGGINS, horn, third year. DMA student of Prof. Martin Hackleman

YOUNG ARTIST WOODWIND COMPETITION
WINNER:  MICHAEL O'BRIEN, flute, senior BM student of Dr. Mary Posses

YOUNG ARTIST PIANO COMPETITION
ALTERNATE:  HALIE AUGUSTUS, piano, second year MM student of Dr. Jane Solose, Dr. Robert Weirich

CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION / WOODWINDS & BRASS
WINNER:  UMKC CONSERVATORY GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP WOODWIND QUINTET:
Flute:  SANDRA FERNÁNDEZ VIZCAÍNO, first year DMA student of Dr. Mary Posses
Oboe:  GREGORY STEAD, first year DMA student of Prof. Barbara Bishop
Clarinet:  TREVOR STEWART, first year MM student of Dr. Jane Carl
Horn:  NATALIE HIGGINS, third year DMA student of Prof. Martin Hackleman
Bassoon:  JOSHUA DRAVES KELLERMAN, first year MM student of Prof. Marita Abner
Faculty Coach:  Dr. Mary Posses

Conservatory Associate Adjunct Prof. Daniel Velicer was the accompanist for both Natalie Higgins and Michael O'Brien.

Other UMKC participants in the Divisional Conference included Prof. Richard Williams, who served as an MTNA Staff Accompanist for various competitions.

The students won the State Round of these competitions in November 2014.  In each competition, one winner from each state advances to the Divisionals and one winner from each of the MTNA's  seven divisions advances to the National Finals.

The Final Round is the 2015 MTNA National Conference, March 21–25, Las Vegas, NV.  Best of luck to all our National Finalists!

For more information, please contact:

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