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KU School of Music welcomes two new faculty members

Thursday, September 4, 2014

KU School of Music welcomes two new faculty members in 2014 - Michael Kirkendoll, Professor of Piano and Colin Roust, Professor of Musicology. 

KU alumnus Michael Kirkendoll joins the Piano faculty at KU after an appointment at Oklahoma State University. He earned Doctoral and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kansas, and a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. 

In 2010, Kirkendoll founded the Cortona Sessions for New Music. The Cortona Sessions - held in Cortona, Italy - offer young performers and composers from around the world two weeks of focused study, performance, and collaboration with a faculty of esteemed contemporary music specialists. In addition to collaborative performances with the Cortona Collective, he performs regularly as part of DuoSolo with his wife, flutist Mary Fukushima. In 2008, they formed the DuoSolo Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to support the commissioning, performance, recording, education, and promotion of contemporary music. Learn more about Michael Kirkendoll.

Colin Roust joins the KU Musicology faculty after prior experience at Roosevelt University and the Oberlin Conservatory. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, with specializations in twentieth-century music and film music, and his areas of research interest include the French composer Georges Auric, music history pedagogy, music and politics, and the intersection of music and the other arts in multimedia genres.

Roust is a co-editor of The Routledge Film Music Sourcebook (2012) and his work has appeared in Music & Politics, The Musical Quarterly, twentieth-century music, and Ars Lyrica. Learn more about Colin Roust. 

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