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A Different Drummer
May 5, 2011
Feature article on local drummer and instructor Brandon Draper, who describes his father's musical influence as well as his career. Draper currently teaches at Shawnee Mission West High School and Kansas...
A Good-By to W. H. Leib
Biographical article about W. H. Leib, "one of the pioneers of the musical circles here," retiring from 30 years of teaching music in the Kansas City School District at the age of 70.
Photo and biographical description of Savino Rendina, an 81-year-old retired "violinist, pianist and French horn player" residing at 4242 54th Street Terrace. Also "one of the original members of the Kansas...
Along a Musical Trail: Sweet Singers of Yesterday in Kansas City
Microfilmed scrapbook contains an article about reminiscences of Nellie McCoy Harris, regarding early singers and musicians in the Kansas City area, especially in the 1850s. Description of many specific...
Among Kansas City's Artists
Photo and description of Jennie Schultz, an "expert at developing and training women's voices" coming to Kansas City about 1895 and "first advis[ing] Felice Lyne to assail the citadel of opera."
Charles Taibi Obituary
Obituary for Charles Taibi, Jr., a violin teacher dying in 1960.
Article spotlights the career of pianist Charles Williams. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Williams grew up in a musical family and learned to play several instruments at a young age. He identifies his...
December 2011/January 2012
Article profiles Clarence Smith, musical director of the Kansas City Youth Jazz (KCYJ) program. Smith continues the work of Leon and Linda Brady, who started KCYJ in 2001. Smith previously served as director...
Deaths: Miss Elva J. Stapp
Obituary for Miss Elva Stapp, "3800 Warwick boulevard, formerly an instructor of music" at her home in Kansas City. Native of DeKalb County, Missouri coming here about 1920 and operating "a boarding home...
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...
Deaths: Richard J. Smith
Photo and obituary for Richard Smith, or Rick Smith, "65, of 2944 Lockridge," a "Kansas City musician, composer, music teacher and executive assistant to the president of the American Federation of Musicians...
File contains photos and information on Francis Buebendorf, or Frank Buebendorf, a "retired University of Kansas City-Missouri music professor" and former conductor of "the Kansas City String Orchestra...
Get Outta My Kitchen: Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant. ..Chef?
Photo and biographical article about John Swanay, "a music professor at the UMKC Conservatory" and gourmet chef.
He Taught Northeast to Dance
October 19, 2005
Dean Hughson in his "e-interviews" column features Eddie Oyer who for many years has been a music and dance teacher in the Northeast area. He also plays for the Budd Park Christian Church on Sundays and...
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."
Joyce Bishop Andrews
Photo and biographical sketch of Joyce Bishop Andrews, or Joyce Andrews, "[v]iolinist and [t]eacher" of music "at Pembroke-Country Day School--in addition to her private teaching," trained in musical convervatories...
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...
Leon Brady's Kansas City Youth Jazz Band
December 2006-January 2007
Interview with jazz educator Leon Brady, long-time leader of the Kansas City Youth Jazz Band.
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...
Loss to Music Here as the Hardings Depart
Photo and biographical article about Joseph Harding, or Joe Harding, a violinist, and his wife Olga Sacerdote, a singer from Europe, both leaving their Kansas City teaching roles for Hollywood. Description...
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