Generative Performing Fellow (2011)
Statement of Work
Since 1983 I have lived and worked in the Kansas City area. As an artist I have been shaped by the opportunities that this region has provided, and by the arts community within which I have been privileged to work. My primary base of operations has been at the UMKC Conservatory, where I have taught and created music for most of my colleagues and all of the major music and dance ensembles. These experiences continue to be among the most rewarding of my artistic and personal life.
But Kansas City has offered me a great deal more. I have been able to collaborate with major arts organizations in town, including eight years as Composer-in-Residence with the Kansas City Symphony, a three-year residency with the Kansas City Ballet and the Paseo Academy, two years of leadership with the Belger Arts Center (visual arts), and three years as Composer-in-Residence with newEar. I’ve written music for the Kansas City Repertory Theater, the Susan Warden Dancers, the Kansas City Chorale, the Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale, the KCMO and Liberty School Districts, and the Kansas City Art Institute. And thanks to grants from Young Audiences and several area foundations, the Composers in the Schools program has been able to bring composition mentorship to young people in nine Kansas City area school districts for 17 years running. All of these experiences have enriched my life and work in countless ways.
Though I work in a variety of media – orchestral, chamber music, electronic/computer music, theater, dance and film, the vision is consistent: creating “whole person music.” Every artistic and technical aspect of the music is crafted to communicate intellectually, emotionally and spiritually to our fellow human beings.