UMKC Conservatory Flute Students Win Top Honors in MTNA Young Artist Competition State Round


Sophomore Flute Performance major Michael O'Brien won the Missouri state round of the Music Teachers National Association's 2012-13 Young Artist Woodwind Competition, November 9, 2012. Karen Hauge, a first-year Artist's Certificate/Flute Performance student, was the runner-up. Both flutists are students of Dr. Mary Posses.

This year's state competition was hosted by Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO. O'Brien advances to the West Central Divisional Round of the competition, hosted by the University of Kansas, January, 2013. There he competes with the winners from each of the seven other West Central Division states. (Hauge, as alternate, would compete in that round if he were not able to participate.)

Each of the MTNA's seven divisions sends one winner to the final round, March 2013 at the MTNA National Conference, Anaheim, CA.

A native of Waynesville, MO, O'Brien 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. During summer 2012, O'Brien performed at the Heartland Chamber Music Festival. He is a recipient of the Rolla Area Music Teachers Association Scholarship.

Hauge, a New Jersey native, earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education at the University of Delaware, where she won the Outstanding Musician Award, and a Master of Music degree in flute performance at UMKC, where she performs in the Conservatory Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Symphony, and plays in numerous chamber groups. She was a finalist in the University of Delaware's concerto competition in 2007, 2008, and 2009; a finalist in the 2012 UMKC Conservatory Concerto/Aria Competition; a two-time state winner of the MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition (Delaware 2009-10; Missouri 2011-12); and winner of a fellowship to the 2011 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival.

The pianist for both students was Daniel Velicer.

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