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1923-1934 (Bulk 1923
Another Measure of Kansas City
Photo and biographical article about Leonard Pearlman, new conductor of "the University of Missouri-Kansas City Civic Orchestra" ("[f]ounded in 1959 by Conductor Hugo Vianello" and in 1966 joined "with...
Biography of L.C. "Speedy" Huggins (1913-1999), Dancer and Musician
Bob Brookmeyer: KC Roots/UMKC Connection
Article describes the life and career of jazz musician and Kansas City native Bob Brookmeyer. Brookmeyer, "a performer of enormous stature for more than 4 decades," graduated from Paseo High School in...
Photos and information on Carlene Neihart, a music teacher at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and organist at the Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in the 1960s-1970s, with residence...
Come, Hear the Music Play: Eight Questions for John Kander
Interview with John Kander, composer of "Cabaret", "New York, New York", "Chicago", and "Kiss of the Spider Woman". Kander received some of his musical training in Kansas City, which he left at the age...
Composing His Life and His Music
File containing a biographical article about Robert Brookmeyer, a 56-year-old musical composer and trombonist. Born in Kansas City in 1929 and performing with prominent jazz musicians such as "Claude Thornhill,...
Deaths: Mrs. Hildred A. Orr
Obituary for Mrs. Hildred Orr, "58, a piano teacher 25 years at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music." Native of Falls City, Nebraska coming to Kansas City about 1926 and residing at 3434 Gillham Road...
From a Start Playing by Ear, Youth Wins Honors in Piano
June 6, 1956
Biographical article with photo about Ronald Brown, an 18-year-old French horn soloist with the Kansas City Philharmonic and winner of a scholarship to the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City. Brown was...
Illustrations and ad for the Horner Institute-Kansas City Conservatory of Music at 3000 Troost Avenue "[w]here Madame Shumann-Heink is now teaching her first Master Class."
In Touch with Bobby Watson
December 2008/January 2009
Article profiles jazz saxphonist, composer, and educator, Bobby Watson. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Watson spent much of his career in New York City. He returned to Kansas City in 2002 to assume the...
December 30, 2004
Obituary for Joanne Johnson Baker who died December 27, 2004. She was a local musician and piano teacher and was on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music (UMKC) for 49 years. "Joanne chaired the prestigious...
Kander With Candor
October 5, 2002
Feature article on composer John Kander who grew up in Kansas City. His credits include such Broadway shows as The Happy Time, Cabaret, and Chicago. He is to be honored at the UMKC Conservatory of Music's...
Kansas City--1922 - 1925
May 3, 1905
Chapters in biography of Arnold Volpe contain information about his time in Kansas City. Volpe was head of the Conservatory from 1922 to 1925. He was also hired to "organize and conduct a symphony orchestra...
Kansas City: A Musical Portrait
Article about photograph records of famous classical performers of the past, in addition to present (1962) performances associated with the Conservatory and the Philharmonic.
KC Pianist Richard Cass Dies at 78
December 1, 2009
Retired UMKC professor Richard Cass, "one of Kansas City's most influential musicians and teachers," died of a stroke November 28, 2009. Cass taught at the University for 25 years and was known for his...
Photo and biographical description of James Mobberley, "one of the country's hottest classical [music] composers" and "the Kansas City Symphony's first composer-in-residence" at the age of 37 while "teaching...
Local Music Legend: Tiberius Klausner
Photos and biographical article about Tiberius Klausner, "professor of violin at University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony and leader of the Volker...
Mrs. Mae E. Hess Rites: Contralto Soloist Died August 8 in Egypt
Photo and obituary for Mae Hess, a singer and "member of the women's committee of the Kansas City Conservatory of Music and the National Federation of Music clubs," etc., living at 750 West 47th Street...
Musician with Area Roots Takes his Talent to Broadway
December 31, 2005
Ray Lisenby is a 1973 graduate of Raytown South High School and received his bachlor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. After teaching music at Belmont...
New Teachers in Kansas City Music Schools
Photos and caption about three new music teachers in Kansas City--Helen Brown Read, or Helen Read, a singer with international experience at the Horner Institute, Mrs. Forest Schulz, a pianist at the same...
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