Alum Derek Jenkins Wins Masters Thesis Award

The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that Derek Jenkins (DMA, music composition; MM, musicology, Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, 2017; BM music composition, BM, music theory, 2010) has won the 2017 University of Missouri-Kansas City Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award sponsored by Aetna. The faculty of the Musicology program entered his master’s thesis, “Whatever you do, fund the band’: The History and Continuing Implementation of the 1921 Iowa Band Law” as its nomination for the award.

The award includes a certificate and a check for $1000, and is awarded at the Annual School of Graduate Studies Awards Celebration and Community of Scholars event, 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018. This reception and brief ceremony will be held in the UMKC Student Union, Room 401.

It is worth noting that of the past four Distinguished Master’s Thesis awards, three have been earned by Conservatory MM Musicology students!

Congratulations, Derek!  Derek was recently named to a tenure-track teaching position as Assistant Professor of Music in Theory/Composition at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.

Published: Jan 9, 2018