Alumni Spotlights

Kyle Jones (A.D., Woodwinds, 2020) selected as a recipient of a 2023 Rocket Grant

September 11, 2023 | Charlotte Street

Jones's project, entitled Seasons and Cycles, he will be partnering with composer Paul Berlinsky to envision a public concert that will take place in February 2024 at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium in Kansas City's Union Station. Featuring baritone saxophone and electronics, the new work centers our relationship to nature as human beings, as well as the importance of cyclical change.

Michael Austin (M.M., Theory, 2007) appointed Senior Lecturer in Music & Sound at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England

July 24, 2023

Jacob Schnitzer (B.M., Music and Human Learning/Music Education, 2016) named a recipient of The Solti Foundation U.S. 2023 Career Assistance Award

June 8, 2023 | Solti Foundation

This award was given to Schnitzer in recognition and support of his work as Artistic Director of Density512 (Austin, TX) and Assistant Conductor of The Missouri Symphony. The award is granted to career-ready conductors in the early stages of their development, thereby helping to continue the art form.

Marco Antonio Santos (D.M.A., Jazz Studies, 2022) releases new album, "About: Silence"

May 31, 2023 | All About Jazz

Released May 5, the album’s 11 tracks feature a jazz guitar trio—guitar, upright bass, and drums—joined on four tracks by a woodwind quartet and on five by a string quartet.