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Published on August 21st, 2012 | by LGBA


Mid America Freedom Band announces new artistic director

Kansas City, MO — The Mid America Freedom Band is pleased to announce that Dr. Lee Hartman has accepted the position of artistic director for the organization. He teaches at the University of Central Missouri having previously taught at Park University, University of Delaware, and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hartman is currently the Editor-in-Chief of and the President of the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers. Hartman served as one of the guest conductors for the Spring 2012 concert and is looking forward to leading the band in its tenth anniversary season.

“I am delighted to work with the talented members of the Mid America Freedom Band. My years playing oboe with the Chester County Concert Band of Pennsylvania, among dedicated musicians from all walks of life, ages, and skill levels, shaped me profoundly. Those fond memories have stuck with me and I’m thrilled to see the same qualities in the MAFB membership. As we enter our 10th season, I hope to capitalize on our musical potential and become a fixture, not only for the LGBT community and our allies, but in the vibrant Kansas City arts scene as well. So come hear a concert, come watch a parade, or better yet, come out and play with us!” Hartman said.

Dr. Lee Hartman holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (D.M.A., M.M.) and the University of Delaware (B.M.). At the University of Delaware, he received a Dean’s Scholar position enabling him to pursue an individually designed academic program combining music education and composition. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City he served for three years as the Assistant Director to Musica Nova, the conservatory’s new music ensemble, while teaching composition classes. Musica Nova, under his baton, can be heard on Stephen Yip’s Gorintou released by Navona records. Hartman has guest conducted with newEar for pieces by Paul Elwood, Ingrid Stölzel, Sebastian Currier, Lansing McLoskey, Roger Hannay, and James Mobberley. He has also conducted works by Chen Yi, Chinary Ung, James Mobberley, Louis Andriessen, Carl Schimmel, and James Romig in addition to coaching works by Kaija Saariaho, Martin Bresnick, Zhou Long, Terry Riley, Yehudi Wyner, Xiaogang Ye, Margaret Brouwer, and Stephen Montague. In 2007 he was invited to the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, Iceland and the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China to give lectures and master classes in composition.

“We are excited to have Dr. Hartman as artistic director. His energy, knowledge and passion for music will help propel our group, while continuing to provide a fun and safe place for everyone to come together to make music.” Remarked Matthew Novotny MAFB Executive Director

Dr. Hartman’s inaugural concert as the new artistic leader of the Mid America Freedom band will be October 20, 2012, 7:30pm at Unity Temple on the Plaza and is themed “A Tribute to Walt.”

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