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Guest Artists

Musical Bridges students are given unique opportunities to work with distinguished guest artists.


2016 Damien Crutcher, Andrés Salguero, Dan Trahey

Damier Crutcher, of Crescendo Detroit, Dan Trahey of OrchKids and Andrés Salguero of 123 Andés! visited UMKC as the 3rd annual Musical Bridges Francis Family Fellows. 

2015 Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson visited UMKC in 2015 as the 2nd annual Musical Bridges Francis Family Fellow. Stanford is the founder of Play On, Philly! and is the chairperson of El Sistema USA. 

2014 Aaron Dworkin

MacArthur Fellow, National Arts Policy Committee member and founder of the Sphinx Organization Aaron Dworkin was the Conservatory's inaugural Musical Bridges Francis Family Fellow.  Aaron is a nationally recognized voice for music education and diversity in the performing arts. 

2013 Daniel Bernard Roumain

DBR returned to UMKC to work with Musical Bridges students.

2012 Daniel Bernard Roumain

Innovative composer, performer, violinist and bandleader DBR was in residence in the spring of 2012.  Musical Bridges students and instructors interacted with him in masterclasses and presentations where he talked about melding classical music with his Haitian-American roots.

2011 Sphinx Chamber Orchestra

A quartet from the nationally known Sphinx Chamber Orchestra held a masterclass and performance for Musical Bridges students. 

2010 Imani Winds

Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet Imani Winds performed for area schools and held a masterclass with Musical Bridges students.