McIntire and Honour part of Gramophone, Critic's Choice 2012

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Thursday, November 29. 2012

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UCM Music Technology instructors Eric Honour and David McIntire recently collaborated with colleagues R. Andrew Lee and Bob Beck, on a CD project that is now available from:  

The UMKC Conservatory is delighted to announce that Gramophone magazine named UMKC Conservatory alum and pianist R. Andrew Lee's recording of William Duckworth's The Time Curve Preludes as a 2012 Critic's Choice, in its December 2012 issue (read more...)

David McIntire and Michelle Allen McIntire are the Executive Producers of the project.  Dr. Eric Honour, UCM's Director of the Center for Music Technology, mastered the CD.


Kelly Abeln (O'Hara) honored with Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Award

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Tuesday, November 13. 2012

Keely Abeln recently was honored as one of Peabody Energy's Leaders in Education for the 2012-13 school year. Peabody surprised Abeln with the award, accompanied by a $1,000 prize, during a band class Nov. 8.

Peabody started the program in 2009 to recognize people who make a positive impact on school environments, be it an outstanding teacher or a compassionate lunch lady. Last year, more than 30 St. Louis area educators received the award.

This is the third consecutive year a Francis Howell Middle staff member has won the award. Current Principal Ted Huff was honored in 2011; special education teacher Melanie Hiemenz received the award in 2010. Six Francis Howell teachers have been named Leaders in Education by Peabody since 2009. 

Abeln was selected for her ability to reach students, said Maureen Moore, Leaders in Education program director. Read the full article...
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Stephens and Gossell take Honorable Mention Honors

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Saturday, November 10. 2012

At the recent MMTA Competition, two UCM piano students were recognized in the top three of Upper Division - Andrew Stephens, Honorable Mention (student of Dr. Mia Hynes), and Lower Division, Mary Gossell (student of Dr. Tian Tian).  The complete list of winners may be found here:

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Mia Hynes will be a featured pianist with John Lithgow and K.C. Symphony

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Thursday, August 23. 2012

Mia Hynes will be a featured pianist on the Sept 16 John Lithgow concert for Carnival of the Animals.  



Based on John Lithgow’s spellbinding children’s book of the same title, the remarkable Farkle McBride is a musical genius who plays the violin, flute, trombone and drums with incredible skill. But something is missing. The orchestra serves both to accompany young Farkle on his musical journeys as well as underscore McBride’s emotional experiences as he struggles to find his musical passion. This concert also features Carnival of the Animals with Lithgow’s own narration.


Hartman named Artistic Director for the Mid America Freedom Band

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Wednesday, August 22. 2012


For release August 21, 2012

Media Contact:

Matthew Novotny, Executive Director


Kansas City, MO The Mid America Freedom Band is pleased to announce that Dr. Lee Hartman has accepted the position of artistic director for the organization. He teaches at the University of Central Missouri having previously taught at Park University, University of Delaware, and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hartman is currently the Editor-in-Chief of and the President of the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers. Hartman served as one of the guest conductors for the Spring 2012 concert and is looking forward to leading the band in its tenth anniversary season.

"I am delighted to work with the talented members of the Mid America Freedom Band. My years playing oboe with the Chester County Concert Band of Pennsylvania, among dedicated musicians from all walks of life, ages, and skill levels, shaped me profoundly. Those fond memories have stuck with me and I'm thrilled to see the same qualities in the MAFB membership. As we enter our 10th season, I hope to capitalize on our musical potential and become a fixture, not only for the LGBT community and our allies, but in the vibrant Kansas City arts scene as well. So come hear a concert, come watch a parade, or better yet, come out and play with us!" Hartman said.

Dr. Lee Hartman holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (D.M.A., M.M.) and the University of Delaware (B.M.). At the University of Delaware, he received a Dean’s Scholar position enabling him to pursue an individually designed academic program combining music education and composition. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City he served for three years as the Assistant Director to Musica Nova, the conservatory's new music ensemble, while teaching composition classes. Musica Nova, under his baton, can be heard on Stephen Yip's Gorintou released by Navona records. Hartman has guest conducted with newEar for pieces by Paul Elwood, Ingrid Stölzel, Sebastian Currier, Lansing McLoskey, Roger Hannay, and James Mobberley. He has also conducted works by Chen Yi, Chinary Ung, James Mobberley, Louis Andriessen, Carl Schimmel, and James Romig in addition to coaching works by Kaija Saariaho, Martin Bresnick, Zhou Long, Terry Riley, Yehudi Wyner, Xiaogang Ye, Margaret Brouwer, and Stephen Montague. In 2007 he was invited to the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, Iceland and the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China to give lectures and master classes in composition.

“We are excited to have Dr. Hartman as artistic director. His energy, knowledge and passion for music will help propel our group, while continuing to provide a fun and safe place for everyone to come together to make music.” Remarked Matthew Novotny MAFB Executive Director

Dr. Hartman’s inaugural concert as the new artistic leader of the Mid America Freedom band will be October 20, 2012, 7:30pm at Unity Temple on the Plaza and is themed “A Tribute to Walt.”

More information about Mid America Freedom Band at or on Facebook at

Music alum David Halen joins University of Michigan faculty

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Thursday, August 9. 2012

David HalenDavid Halen, concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony (SLS), is the newest member of the Department of Strings at the University of Michigan, where he begins work in the fall 2012 semester as professor of violin.

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Lower receives national scholarship to attend graduate school

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Monday, June 25. 2012

Jim Lower
2012 Jazz/Commercial Music graduate Jim Lower, was recently awarded the Percussive Arts Society Hudson Music Scholarship.  The single $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to a drum set applicant, who is required submit a DVD of drum set performances with their application.  Applicants are judged on musicality, ability to contribute to the group performance and overall quality of tempo, time, style and musical interaction.

Michael Kenyon, Dxecutive of the Percussive Arts Society commented:

"Our distinguished judges were excited and impressed with the quality shown in your performance.  They extend to you best wishes as you continue your education."

Jim will be attending the University of Northern Colorado in the fall of 2012 to earn his masters degree in jazz studies.  Jim has been awarded a Teaching Assistant (drum set) for two years at UNC.  At UCM, Jim was a student of Dr. David Aaberg (jazz studies) and Dr. Michael Sekelsky (percussion).

Alumni Showcase site available for viewing

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Saturday, May 12. 2012

The link below will direct you to what we hope is the start of a much larger site devoted to the accomplishments of UCM Music Alumni.  As a starting point, slides for Distinguished Music Alumni from 2000 - present are listed, as well as slides for a few other individuals for whom we had photos/information available.

Should the site grow as we anticipate, it may be necessary to rotate photos/information in and out of each slide show periodically for efficient page loading.  You are encouraged to submit information and photos using the ALUMNI INFORMATION form that is linked from each category page.

You may access information for each music alumni using any of the following methods:

  • View the slideshow for each category

  • Hover and click the thumbnail photos to access each slide

  • Touchscreen devices - Tap, or hold the thumbnail photos to access each slide

  • Touchscreen devices - Swipe through the photos

  • Click or tap underlined names (lower left-hand corner of photos) for additional information



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McClaflin and Thornton hired to perform at World's of Fun

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Sunday, April 1. 2012

Percussion students Ian McClaflin (senior, percussion performance major) and Mat Thornton (senior, BA in music) were selected through a regional audition process to perform at World's of Fun, summer - 2012, as part of a new "strolling drumline" act.  Following several weeks of auditions at various universities around the region, three performers were contracted for this summer - McClaflin, Thornton, and a percussionist from the University of Kansas.  McClaflin performs with the Kansas City Chiefs "Rumble" Drumline, and will be attending the University of Missouri - Columbia in the fall to pursue a Masters degree in Percussion Performance.  Ian was recently awarded one of the MU Graduate Assistantships in Percussion.
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UCM graduate Mark Woodward wins composition contest

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Saturday, March 10. 2012

Mark Woodward, now living in Portland, OR, was recently recognized for his composition "The Day Slipped By" for SATB a cappella choir, with poetry by Rachel Aubuchon.  This piece was the winner of Portland Vocal Consort's 2012 Young Composer Competition as a part of their annual Best of the Northwest concerts. PVC's artistic director and conductor is Ryan Heller. A live recording at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon on February 26, 2012, is available on Youtube:   The Day Slipped By

Mark studied composition at UCM with Dr. Eric Honour, and Dr. David Aaberg

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Hirlinger receives regional recognition for original compositions

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Wednesday, March 7. 2012

Bachelor of Music Technology and Composition student Kristin Hirlinger recently had two original compositions premiered by the Kansas City vocal ensemble, Octarium.  The performance was reviewed in the KCMETROPOLIS Kansas City arts blog:  "University of Central Missouri student Kristen Hirlinger set her own text to expand upon common proverbs in her Things My Grandpa Said. “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder” had interestingly approached dissonances but “For This Too Shall Pass” was the stand-out of her two offerings. With solos skillful sung by Ashley Winters and Lucas Pherigo, the piece progressed from a weeping plea to a healing and hopeful, referential final cadence."

Kristin studies composition at UCM with Dr. David Aaberg, Director of Jazz and Commercial Music, and  Dr. Eric Honour, Director of the Center for Music Technology.

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UCM Percussion Students earn 3 out of 6 trophies - MMPAT 2012

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Sunday, March 4. 2012

The fifth annual Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy Competition was held in Lebanon, Missouri on Saturday, March 3, 2012.  The collegiate division featured 39 performances in two categories (Multiple Percussion: 14 competitors, and Marimba: 25 competitors).  In addition to several Missouri universities represented (MU, MSU, Truman State, Central Methodist, Southeast Missouri, and others), the event featured undergraduate and doctoral candidate performers from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Indiana, and Massachusetts.  

UCM Percussion students Ian McClaflin and Marcus Neudigate claimed 3 of the 6 trophies awarded on Saturday, which were awarded to competitors from only three universities - The Berklee College of Music in Boston (2nd place marimba), The University of Kansas (1st place marimba and 3rd place Multiple Percussion), and The University of Central Missouri:

Ian McClaflin - 1st place Multiple Percussion
Marcus Neudigate - 2nd place Multiple Percussion
Marcus Neudigate - 3rd place Marimba*

*Marcus Neudigate is the first collegiate competitor in MMPAT history to earn a trophy in both performance categories.

Also competing and scoring in the highest category was sophomore percussion major Kolby Koczanowski.  All of the students competing study percussion with Dr. Michael Sekelsky


Music Tech graduates featured in ESSENCE magazine

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Saturday, February 11. 2012

Music tech alumna Stephanie Bauchum (B.M. 2006) and her sister Jess are featured in the March 2012 issue of "Essence" magazine.  Their full-service music business Bauchum Sisters Music (, offers audio engineering, arranging, vocal performance, and music instruction in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  The article in Essence covers the history behind their business as well as their plans for the near future.  The sisters mix music and ministry in their group By Design Ministries, which has several singles available on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital music distributors.

Quistorff competition and KC NATS Winners announced

Posted by Mike Sekelsky on Tuesday, February 7. 2012

Quistorff Opera Aria competition:

Haley Steele, Winner

Caitlin Walker, 2nd Place

Jacqueline Blanc, 3rd Place

Kari Bragg, Honorable Mention

Alex Kolster, Honorable Mention

On Sunday, Feb. 5th several of our UCM students traveled to Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, KS, to participate in the Kansas City NATS chapter annual auditions.  The following students were finalists/winners:

Angelina DeFeo, 1st Place in Div. 8/ Upper College Women

Caitlin Walker, 2nd Place in Div. 8/ Upper College Women

Alexis Morris, 2nd place in Div. 12-Musical Theater / College
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