2015 Alumni Achievement Awards

   R. ANDREW LEE (MM ’06, DMA ’10) AND DAVID MCINTIRE (DMA ’09)
RECEIVE THE 2015 SPOTLIGHT AWARD

R. Andrew Lee

R. Andrew Lee

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David McIntire

Dr. R. Andrew Lee and Dr. David McIntire have garnered national attention in the world of classical music.  The two formed Irritable Hedgehog Music in 2010 having met as graduate students at UMKC in 2005.  It was a risky – and entrepreneurial – move.  The music industry had been in decline for many years, and small, independent record labels rarely succeeded.  David and Andy broke that trend and the Hedgehog label has established itself as a significant voice in minimal and electroacoustic music.  To date, they have released 11 physical albums.  Their recording of Dennis Johnson’s “November” was named the best recording of the year by Steve Smith of “Time Out New York.”  Influential classical music critic Alex Ross of “The New Yorker” chose their “Eva-Maria Houben: Piano Music” recording for inclusion in his 2013 Top Ten List.  And their recording of William Duckworth’s “The Time Curve Preludes” was named a 2012 Critics Choice by “Gramophone,” a London-based magazine that is the gold standard in classical music reviews.  Andy is Associate University Minister for Liturgical and Sacred Music at Regis University in Colorado and David is Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Missouri Western State University.

The two were honored at the 2015 Alumni Awards luncheon with more than 650 other alumni and friends.  Click here to see the tribute video produced for the celebration.