Conducting Alum Gregory Gentry To Premiere Choral Work by Chen Yi

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UMKC Conservatory alum Gregory Gentry (MM conducting '88; DMA conducting '00) has been chosen to conduct the world premiere of a choral composition by Chen Yi in Reno, NV.

In spring 2012, the ASU Symphonic Chorale performs at the American Choral Directors Association Western Division conference (February 29-March 3, 2012) "Singing the Legacy" in Reno, NV, for which Gregory Gentry has been chosen to conduct the world premiere of the Raymond Brock Memorial choral composition by Chen Yi. Other conductors to whom this honor has been bestowed include Joseph Flummerfelt and the Westminster Choir College Choir, René Clausen and The Concordia Choir, and Jo-Michael Scheibe and The University of Miami Frost Chorale. Dr. Gentry will conduct the ASU Symphonic Chorale as the first concert on the conference, Thursday, March 1.

Gentry also takes the 40 member ASU Symphonic Chorale on two nationally recognized performance tours during the 2011-2012 academic year. The ASU Symphonic Chorale will perform Igor Stravinsky's Mass at the National Collegiate Choral Organization national conference (November 3-5, 2011) in Fort Collins, CO, with additional recruiting performances in Albuquerque, NM; at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; and at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Gregory Gentry is an Associate Professor and Director of Choral Performance at ASU's School of Music, where he administers the graduate and undergraduate choral conducting programs, conducts the Symphonic Chorale, teaches graduate conducting, literature and score study, and oversees eight other choral ensembles. Gentry is also Chorus Master for the Phoenix Symphony.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949