UMKC Conservatory Flute Student Michael O'Brien is Runner-Up in MTNA Young Artist Competition


Michael O'Brien, a junior flute performance major who studies with Dr. Mary Posses, won second place [Alternate] in the West Central Divisional Round of the 2013-14 MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition, hosted this year by Drake University, Des Moines, on Saturday, January 11.

The Young Artist Competition is a major national three-round competition open to undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students. O'Brien won the Missouri State Round in November. The WInner of the State Round of each the eight states in the West Central Division advances to the Divisional Round. As Alternate WInner in the Divisional Round, O'Brien would advance to the National Final Round, should the Division Winner be unable to participate.

O'Brien's program included the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Carl Reinecke, Sonata for Flute and Piano of Jingrich Feld, and Paul Taffanel's Fantasy on Themes from Carl Maria von Weber's "Der Freischütz".  Daniel Velicer was the pianist.

O'Brien won Honorable Mention in the Divisional Round of the 2012-13 MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition. He was the only undergraduate finalist in the UMKC Conservatory's 2013-14 Chancellor's Competition.

A native of Waynesville, MO, O'Brien is a recipient of the Rolla Area Music Teachers Association Scholarship. He was a member of the Missouri All-State Band for three years and was principal flutist of the Springfield Youth Symphony, with whom he was also a featured soloist. He is currently a member of the Conservatory Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Symphony, and is an active participant in the Conservatory's Chamber Music program.

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