Alumni Reunion Weekend Snaps

Masterclass performers included Youming Chen, Krista Jobson and Tate Addis

Enjoying a lunch visit are alums Melody Stroth, Janet Howard, Jennifer Linn and Laurie Cooper

Robin Williams and Karen-McBee chat with Sanna Cass

Professor Richard Williams and Janet Fetterman visit at welcome reception

Keyboard Studies faculty members Dr. Karen Kushner and Dr. Robert Weirich

Alumni Cynthia Hukill and Pat Thompson with Kent Thompson

Alumni Robert Basolo (right) with Jerry Pope and Rick Truman at champagne reception

Alumna Jennifer Linn with former faculty and alumna Karen Halverhout

Alumni Weekend Committee Janet Fetterman, Sanna Cass, Melody, Stroth, Barb Lutman and Janet Howard

Alumnus Peter Cooper admiring his thank you gift of an Annedores Chocolate Paino

Liz Cass Brown, Brannan Cass, Sanna Cass, Kathy Kraai and Carolina Cass

Visit our new UMKC Alumni Association website

UMKC has just launched a great new website where you can see what other alums are doing, update your records and communicate with other alumni.  The site address is

88 Keys Promotion

Purchase a piano key and you’ll help the Conservatory acquire a new Steinway “D” Concert Grand!

You can pay tribute to the rich legacy of the Conservatory Keyboard Studies program with your purchase of one or more of the 88 keys on a Steinway piano. Proceeds will go toward a new Steinway concert grand piano dedicated to the memory of Professor Emeritus Richard Cass, who passed away last year.

How It Works:

Each of the 88 keys on a piano keyboard is assigned a dollar value ranging from $100 to a top price of $2,500 for Middle C. Donors can purchase one or more keys – even an entire octave. Or, groups can join together to make a purchase.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 through this fundraiser. Your purchase is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Best of all, the first $10,000 raised through 88 Keys will be matched. That means, if you purchase a $200 key, your gift is doubled.

And yes, you’ll receive the actual Steinway key that you purchase!

For more information and to purchase a key, click here.

Richard Cass CD “Treasures”

In case you missed the Richard Cass Tribute Concert you can still capture the incredible performances of Richard Cass by getting a CD created especially for our Alumni Weekend.  You can receive the CD by simply making a donation to the Richard Cass Piano Fund – a minimum donation of $20 will do.  Mail a check to the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the address to the right or contact me via phone and I’ll take your credit/debit card information and your Richard Cass CD entitle “Treasures” will be mailed to you.

Alumni Reunion Weekend

Reunion Weekend for Keyboard StudiesThe Conservatory Alumni Association is thrilled to be able to host the first UMKC Conservatory keyboard studies alumni weekend! The weekend is packed with exciting activities culminating in the tribute concert Saturday evening honoring the legacy of both Richard Cass and the entire keyboard studies department at the Conservatory. It is going to be a memorable weekend and we hope you will want to attend. Please join us!

Contact the Central Ticket Office for tickets at 816.235.6222

2010 Keyboard Studies Alumni Weekend Agenda

Alumni News

Victoria (Brandon) SchultzVictoria Schultz (Brandon) (BM 1975)

Victoria Schultz is performing for events in the Orlando area on harp and piano. She recently performed on tours with Connie Francis and with Johnny Mathis in the 2010 spring season. Her Celtic band Tryskelon performed for concerts and shows throughout Florida promoting her compositions from the CD “Celtic Crossings.”