Conservatory Flute Student Michael O'Brien Gets Honorable Mention in The MTNA Young Artist Competition Divisional Round


UMKC Conservatory sophomore flute perfomance major Michael O'Brien, a student of Dr. Mary Posses, was awarded Honorable Mention (third place) in the West Central Divisional Round of the MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition, at the University of Kansas, January 12, 2013.

The Young Artist Competition is a major national three-round competition open to undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students. The winner of the state round of each the eight states in the West Central Division advances to Divisionals. O'Brien won the Missouri State Round of this competition in November. His program included works by Theobald Boehm, Henri Dutilleux, Kazuo Fukushima, and Lowell Liebermann. Daniel Velicer was O'Brien's pianist in both rounds.

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.


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