Composer John Corigliano Named Barr Institute Laureate at UMKC Conservatory

The UMKC Conservatory is proud to announce that composer John Corigliano has been named the Barr Institute Laureate for Fall 2012–Spring 2014, with three visits to work with Conservatory students. Corigliano is the Conservatory's third laureate. The Conservatory's Wind Symphony recently performed Corigliano's Circus Maximus to critical acclaim in the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The Patricia and Howard Barr Institute for American Composition Studies, launched in 2004, is the fulfillment of a longtime dream of Howard (DMA, UMKC Conservatory of Music, 1971) and Patricia Barr. The Barrs had distinguished careers as pianists and teachers in southern California, often performing and promoting the works of contemporary American composers. The Institute celebrates their love of American music and their dedication to its continuing study and performance.

The most significant activities of the Barr Institute focus on the Laureate Program. Every three years, the Barr Advisory Board selects a major figure in American music as the Barr Institute Laureate. Composer Steven Stucky was honored as the first laureate, 2006-2009, and composer Stephen Hartke is the Barr Institute’s second laureate, 2009-2012.

All current and future works of each composer become part of the Barr Institute Collection. Laureates visit the UMKC campus several times each year during their tenure to participate in symposia, performances of their work, master classes and lessons, and presentations to public schools and other organizations. The Conservatory also partners with other performing organizations to present the works of the Barr Institute Laureates. For instance, Steven Stucky’s works were performed by the Kansas City Chorale.

Current Barr Institute Laureate Stephen Hartke’s works will be performed in Kansas City by the chamber ensemble 8th blackbird in March, 2012, by the Conservatory's new music group Musica Nova, April 20, 2012, and by the Kansas City Symphony June 15–17 2012.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949