Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

  • 2019 Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

  • 2012 Global Music Awards of Merit for sound mixing and editing and for innovation in sound for Aquarian Stories (6 CD series)

  • 2010 Elliot Carter Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome

  • 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship

  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1997-98

  • 2008 Kauffman Award for Artistry, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

  • Prize ex aequo, VII International Contemporary Music Contest "Città di Udine" Italy, July, 2008 for In lake’ch

  • 1st Prize, Sounds Electric ’07, Dublin, Ireland, November, 2007 for November Sycamore Leaf

  • 2002 EMS Prize, Stockholm, Sweden: Thema-Omaggio

  • Wurlitzer Foundation Residencies, Taos, New Mexico, Jan-Ap., 2007; Ap-June, 2009

  • Residency at Centro Mexicano de Musia y Arte Sonore, Feb/March, 2009

  • Finalist, 33rd Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music (June, 2007) for In lake’ch

  • Mention, 32nd Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music (June, 2005) for Love Song

  • Mention, 27th Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music (June, 2000) for Degrees of Separation “Grandchild of Tree”

  • Nominated for a Rome Prize Fellowship, 2004 and 2005

  • UMKC Faculty Performance Shares Award for Outstanding Achievement, Sept. 2001.

  • American Composer’s Orchestra- Whitaker Reading Sessions, New York City: Symphonie Pastorale for large orchestra, April 5, 2003

  • Nominated for the American Composers Invitational of the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2002 and 2004)

  • Honorable Mention, Church Keys for piano and tape: Shepherd Distinguished Composer Competition: Music Teachers National Association.

  • Sonic Circuits VII Festival (1999), American Composers Forum: Degrees of Separation “Grandchild of Tree”

  • Finalist: 1999 Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial

  • Composer of the Year, Missouri Music Teachers Association, 1999

  • ASCAP Plus Awards 1996 to present.

  • Associate Artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Augusta Read Thomas master artist, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Sept. 1996.

  • Nominated for ASCAP Commission, 1995-1996.

  • Recipient of the Robert Jeffry Womack Endowed Presidential Scholarship, The UT, Austin.

  • Lead Graduate Teacher in Music, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Board of Directors, Columbine Chamber Players, Boulder, Colorado, 1993-4.

  • NAJE Citation for Outstanding Musicianship in Arranging, Wichita Jazz Festival 21, Wichita, KS, 1992.

  • Cecil Effinger Graduate Fellowship in Composition, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1991.

  • Thresher Award in Music, for outstanding achievement, Bethel College, N. Newton, KS, 1984.

  • NAJE Outstanding Musicianship Awards for Trumpet Solo, Big Band competition, Wichita Jazz Festival 13, Wichita, KS, 1984.

  • NAJE Outstanding Musicianship Awards for Trumpet Solo, Big Band, and Combo competition, Wichita Jazz Festival 12, Wichita, KS, 1983. 

Acqua Paola, RomeJust below the American Academy in Rome

View from Villa Aurelia, American Academy in RomeAncient and modern mixed

Rootwire Opening Ceremony

Rootwire 2017 Opening Ceremony

Immeasurable Heaven

Breaking the Dam II with Gary Abbott

Marco Riparelli Portrait (hanging in the bar at the American Academy in Rome)

Andrea Clearfiled's SalonPlaying with Spencer Edgers at Andrea Clearfield's Salon (2016)

Performing at Aqua Paola, Rome, Italy (2011)


Parco degli Acquedotti, RomeWater movement...water storage