UNO piano professor Kristín Jónína Taylor is the recipient of the Helen Haupt Piano Scholarship from Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity Foundation Board. This will fund a recording of three sonatas by American composers with connections to Dr. Taylor’s hometown of Kansas City, including Mike McFerron, Joanne Baker, and Bryan Stanley.
McFerron is professor of music and composer-in-residence at Lewis University and founder and co-director of Electronic Music Midwest (http://www.emmfestival.org). McFerron’s music has received critical acclaim and recognition and was performed by the Remarkable Theater Brigade (Carnegie Hall), the Louisville Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Cantus, among many others. McFerron’s music can be heard on numerous commercial recordings as well as on his website at http://www.bigcomposer.com.
Baker was one of the most beloved and sought after piano teachers in America and was the longest-serving professor in the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Her piano sonata is a strong focus of Dr. Taylor’s research in the coming year.
Stanley, an accomplished pianist-composer and collaborator, is published by Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes, and G. Schirmer, which include concert arrangements of American folksongs and adaptations of Copland’s music. MTNA granted Dr. Stanley Honorable Mention in the 2019 Distinguished Composer of the Year Competition with his Three Concert Etudes for Piano commissioned by NMTA. His compositions for piano, concerto, vocal, and chamber groups have been performed all over the USA, Lithuania, and Iceland, as well as KBYU radio.