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UMKC Conservatory’s Barr Laureate, Composer Stephen Hartke in Residence

March 6, 2009 | By Dana Self
Director of Marketing
KANSAS CITY, Mo— Stephen Hartke, Distinguished Professor of Composition at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, is recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation.

Hartke’s residency includes classroom lectures, work at Ruskin High School with the Conservatory Academy’s Composers in the Schools Program, master classes with composition students, and the keynote speech at the Great Plains Chapter of the College Music Society Annual Conference, Saturday April 4, 1 p.m. Events for the conference may be found at the Conservatory’s web site.

Hartke’s music will be performed April 4, 7:30 p.m., during the Composers Concert. Musica Nova and guest artists will perform works by College Music Society composers, including Stephen Hartke: The Piano Dreams of Empire; Darleen Mitchell: Metaxu; Warren Gooch: Three Fauxmanian Dances; Lee Hartman: Etudes for Solo Vibraphone; Nicholas S. Omiccioli: Waves; Ryan Jesperson: Farbenmusik; and Carl Schimmel: rite.apotheosis. The concert is free, in Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes, KCMO.

Stephen Hartke’s recognitions include the Rome Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. He has composed concerti for renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and violinist Michele Makarski, and his collaboration with the internationally celebrated Hilliard Ensemble has resulted in three substantial works, including his Symphony No. 3, commissioned by Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic. Hartke’s acclaimed full-length opera, The Greater Good, was premiered and recorded by Glimmerglass Opera. He has received other major commissions from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music America, the Fromm Foundation, the Institute for American Music at the Eastman School of Music, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. His full biography may be found at The Conservatory’s Barr Institute for American Composition Studies has as its mission “The acquisition, care, preservation, use and promotion of materials related to the period of American composition between 1890 and thereafter, excluding the art of jazz and its derivatives.” The Institute’s principal program is the selection every three years of the Barr Institute Laureate—a prominent composer or other musical figure whose work has become an essential element of contemporary American Music. Stephen Hartke follows Steven Stucky, laureate 2005–2008. All works by Barr Laureates become part of the Institute’s collection.

About the Conservatory: The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance has earned national and international recognition through its music and dance performance, composition, teaching and scholarship. The most comprehensive music and dance educational center in the Midwest since 1906, the Conservatory boasts more than 80 faculty widely recognized as world-class scholars, artists, teachers and leaders in their fields. For more information visit




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