Kansas City Symphony/UMKC Conservatory Composition Program Reading Session

About the Conservatory

On Friday, April 8, 2011, 10 a.m., in White Recital Hall, members of the Kansas City Symphony, led by Associate Conductor Steven Jarv read three new works by UMKC Conservatory composition students, including Leah Sproul Pulatie, Brian Egan, and Scott Blasco.

Hearing one’s music played by a professional orchestra is one of the most important educational experiences for a composer. Hearing sounds in the mind’s ear and then comparing them to the real thing is as important as learning how to write the notes and rhythms correctly in the first place. Professional performers bring all their inherent technical and artistic skill to the event, giving the composer the clearest possible indication of how well they have scored their ideas, how well the instruments balance each other, and whether elements, such as texture and musical pacing, are successful.

UMKC is one of the few programs in the country to have a collaborative partner of the caliber of the Kansas City Symphony to make this kind of contribution to our students’ education. Dean Witte notes, "We're thrilled that our composition students will have the opportunity to work with the Kansas City Symphony in this way. This is just one more way in which KCS and the Conservatory partner to advance the arts."

The event was free.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949