Richard Cass Honored Posthumously by MTNA Foundation


The Conservatory is pleased to note that piano professor Richard Cass, who taught at the UMKC for 29 years, 1975–2004 has been honored posthumously by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as an MTNA Foundation Fellow at the 2014 MTNA National Conference in Chicago, IL, March 22–26, 2014. 

Cass graduated summa cum laude from Furman University, where he majored in piano performance and French. As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied at Paris's École Normale de Musique. Following his Paris debut, Cass began a performing and recording career with Columbia Artists Management in New York City, and performed throughout the world.

In 1975, Cass became professor of piano at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he was named “Curator’s Professor,” the highest honor awarded by the university. He retired from UMKC and later returned to Furman as visiting “Distinguished Professor of Music.”

The MTNA Foundation Fellow program offers a meaningful method of recognition for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to music teaching. The award is bestowed when a peer or group of peers donates $1,000 to the MTNA Foundation Fund in an individual’s name. 

Cass is survived by his wife, Sanna, four children and eight grandchildren.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949