Repertoire Without Borders—Grammy Award-winning Vocal Octet Roomful of Teeth and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw in Residence for UMKC Conservatory Convocation, Performance, Master Classes


Grammy Award-winning Roomful of Teeth, founder Brad Wells, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw will be in residence for UMKC Conservatory’s Convocation, Tuesday, September 2, 12 p.m., White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the UMKC campus.

Roomful of Teeth also performs Tuesday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., at OfficePort, 208 W. 19th St., KCMO.
Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is a vocal ensemble dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from non-classical traditions all over the world, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an on-going commissioning project, invites today’s brightest composers to create repertoire without borders.

Roomful of Teeth performs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Calder Quartet as part of the LA Philharmonic’s Next On Grand series in May 2015.  It is the West coast premiere of Caroline Shaw’s Ritornello.

The Convocation includes a performance of excerpts of Caroline Shaw’s Partita and a moderated discussion with founder Brad Wells and Caroline Shaw on repertoires without borders and post-classical artists.  Conservatory faculty Andrew Granade, Robert Bode and Paul Rudy moderate the talk.

On September 3, Roomful of Teeth gives master classes for Conservatory students in the vocal studies and composition programs.

Convocation is free and open to the public, as is the 7:30 performance at OfficePort. No tickets required.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949