Composition Alum William J. Lackey Chosen as 2011 McKnight Visiting Composer

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UMKC Composition alum William J. Lackey (DMA Composition, 2009) has been selected as a 2011 McKnight Visiting Composer with the American Composers Forum.

Lackey was awarded $14,000.00 to support his project, Sounds from the Soil-A Sonic Harvest of the History of Hector, Minnesota. Jodi Ginsburg Edstrom (2002 MM Flute Performance) will work with Lackey on this project. Jodi and Lackey met during our first year (2000) at the Conservatory.

Here is the project description by Lackey: Sounds from the Soil - A sonic harvest of the history of Hector, Minnesota

Composer: William J. Lackey

Community Partners: The Hector Historical Center, Hector Public Library, and the Buffalo Lake-Hector School District.

Hector, Minnesota founded in 1878 has a rich history in farming and industrial agriculture. I seek to partner with the community to pay tribute to current and past farmers working and living in Hector. Sounds from the Soil will culminate in a public performance of a multimedia work for storytellers, community choir, flute, piano, electronics, and projections. Through outreach, various community members will contribute to the creation of this work. A DVD documenting the process of the creation of the work and the work itself will be produced. Weekly documentation of the creative process will be posted on my website and blog that I devote to this project. I am currently working to partner with the Hector Historical Center, Hector Public Library, and the Buffalo Lake-Hector School District. My community musician partner, Jodi Ginsburg Edstrom, has placed me in contact with various community members. Her father is also a farmer and I will work with him on his farm to create this work. My residency would take place at the start of harvest season 2011 and last until June 2012. The performance will take place in June 2012. The month of June has historical significance to the founding of Hector.


For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949