Composition Alum Ryan Jesperson Wins The 2011 UMKC Outstanding Dissertation Award


Dr. Ryan Jesperson (DMA Composition, 2011) has won the 2011 UMKC Outstanding Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "Songs from Behind the Curtain: An Opera in Three Acts."

Dr. Jesperson receives a certificate and a monetary award at the Annual School of Graduate Studies Award Convocation, Wed. April 25, 2012.

Winner of the 2011 Gerald Kemner Prize for Orchestral Composition, the 2010 Beethoven Club/Belvedere Chamber Festival Composition Contest, the 2010 KC Chorale Composition Competition, the 2009 British Trombone Society Composition Contest, and the 2009 Kalv Festival Composition Contest, Ryan has also been honored by NACUSA, the College Music Society, ASCAPLUS, the Lional Hampton Jazz Festival, FASR, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Jesperson composes and teaches computer applications in Hartford, CT.


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Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949