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W. Thomas McKenney

W. Thomas McKenneyProfessor, Composition and Music Theory
Director, Electronic Music Studios
PhD, Eastman School of Music
office: 101 Fine Arts Annex
phone: 573-882-0936
fax: 573-884-7444
mailing address: 140 Fine Arts Building, Columbia, MO 65211

W. Thomas McKenney is professor of composition and theory at the University of Missouri and Director of the electronic music studios.  He received his Ph.D in composition from the Eastman School of Music, and his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.

In 1970, the Music Teachers National Association named him the Distinguished Composer of the Year.  His compositions have been performed in Europe, South America, China, and throughout the United States. He is the recipient of numerous grants and commissions.

In 1987, he was invited by the Ministry of Culture of the Peoples Republic of China to present a series of lectures on his use of lasers and electronic music.

In addition to his work at the electronic music studio at the University of Missouri, he has worked at Robert Moog's studio, the Stiftelson Elektronikmusikstudion, in Stockholm, Sweden, the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, at the University of North Texas, and the Center for Electroacoustic Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. McKenney is the recipient the Purple Chalk Award for Excellence in Teaching, given by the Arts and Science Student Government, and the Orpheus Award, given by the Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia for significant contributions to the cause of music in America.

Dr. McKenney is the Co-Artistic Director of the Mizzou New Music Festival held each summer in Columbia, MO.