The Conservatory's Percussion Faculty and Students Had a Busy Summer!


The UMKC Conservatory's percussion studio faculty and students are on the move.  Let's check it out.

Percussion faculty member Christopher McLaurin recently finished the 2015-16 season having performed as a featured soloist with the the Kansas City Symphony and the New World Symphony, and also traveled to the UK to perform as a guest Principal Percussionist with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and chamber music for Cambridge University's Kings College 500th Anniversary Festival. When not teaching at UMKC and performing with the Kansas City a Symphony he performed with the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, and Colorado Music Festival as well as curated and performed The Boulez/Cage Correspondences, a Kansas City Symphony Happy Hour Chamber Concert featuring the music of Pierre Boulez and John Cage narrated by two speakers reading letters the composers wrote to each other.

His students are also returning to campus having spent the summer playing at various music festivals around the country: Christopher Larson (Artist's Certificate) is returning from being a fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO; Sean Sweeden (DMA) is returning from performing with the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, AK; incoming graduate student Blaise Rothwell (MM) spent his summer performing with the Des Moines Metro Opera; and Jack Latta (Artist's Certificate) spent his summer at the Round Top Music Festival in Round Top, TX after having just been named runner up in the Chattanooga Symphony Principal Percussion Audition in Tennessee.

Congrats and welcome back!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949