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Conservatory Alum and DMA student Michael Shults Gets University Post

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Conservatory alum Michael Shults (BM, saxophone performance and jazz and studio music performance, 2010) and current DMA student in saxophone performance, has a new position as assistant professor of saxophone, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (probationary tenure track).

He teaches applied jazz and classical saxophone, saxophone quartets, jazz combos, and improvisation classes. Shults was the UMKC saxophone studio TA in 2012.

Michael Shults has been praised for his “strong, imaginative” improvisations (Downbeat Magazine) and “fresh and intelligent musical ideas” (The Pitch). As a jazz saxophonist Shults was a finalist in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Artist Competition, and was the winner of the Graduate College Soloist category in the 2012 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards Issue. He was a featured soloist on Bobby Watson’s 2010 release The Gates BBQ Suite which reached as high as #4 on the Jazzweek National Radio Airplay Charts. Also adept as a concert saxophonist, Shults has been praised for his “jaw-dropping” and “authoritative” technique (Bill Brownlee of the Kansas City Star) and has performed by invitation at the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference and the University of Iowa Festival for New Music.

Congratulations.

For more information, please contact:

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