Master Lessons

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Master Lessons with Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz


Dates: Master Lessons: Sept. 20-23
Master Lessons Concert: Sept. 22
Workshop: Sept. 24
Registration: Aug. 1-September 6, 2019
Times: Master Lessons Concert: 5 p.m.
Fee: $60 for 45 minutes or $75 for 60 minutes
Locations: Schmitt Music Center
White Recital Hall, UMKC for Sunday
Schmitt Music for the workshop
Chair: Melody Stroth, NCTM,

Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz, Associate Professor of Piano and Keyboard Area Coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance will be our Master Lesson teacher for 2019. Dr. Rosenkranz regularly performs in important musical centers in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Recent tours have taken him to the in Amalfi coast in Italy, Lincoln Center Festival, Shanghai New Music Week, Hong Kong Modern Academy, Vianden (Luxembourg), MusicARTE (Panama) and the Octobre Musicale and International Festival of Carthage (Tunisia).

He has been a soloist with the Indianapolis Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Lebanon, and the Sichuan Philharmonic (China) among others. He twice served as Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the United States Department of State and was the recipient of the Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association. He is currently the Co-Director of the Maccagno Piano Days Festival and Competition in Italy.

In an eclectic repertoire encompassing the solo and chamber music literatures, Rosenkranz is equally at home in the standard repertoire as in the music of our time. His latest recording on Oberlin Records, Toward the Curve features commissioned works for piano and electronics alongside his solo improvisations. Other notable recordings include the premiere recording of Paul Lansky’s Textures on Bridge Records and Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich with Ensemble Signal on Harmonia Mundi (France). He has been a member of the artist faculty at the soundSCAPE Festival in Italy since 2006 where he leads courses in contemporary music and improvisation.

Rosenkranz has given master classes and has been presented in residences throughout North America and Asia. He regularly gives master classes at China’s leading institutions including the Shanghai, Sichuan, Xinghai, Xian, Shenyang, and Zheijiang Conservatories and others including the Taipei School for the Arts, Tunghai University (Taiwan), Mahidol University (Thailand), New York University, Princeton University, University of California at San Diego, Eastman School of Music, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He served as a Visiting Professor of Piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music during 2017. Rosenkranz served as an Associate Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Program at the College of Music Arts at Bowling Green State University, 2008–2018 and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2005–2008.


Priority is given to school-age intermediate to advanced students.  If space allows, adult students and teachers may also be eligible to enroll.  One or two compositions are required for the Master Lessons.

Please bring the music with the measures numbered. Memory is optional for the lesson, but required to be selected for the recital September 22 or the workshop on Tuesday morning, September 24.  Strict adherence to lesson times will be necessary.  Teachers and parents may quietly observe. Outstanding students will be chosen to perform in the concert with Dr. Rosenkranz and for the Tuesday Master Class.

Send enrollments postmarked between August 1 and September 6, 2019.  Lesson times will be scheduled in the order received.  You will be notified by email to confirm your lesson time(s).  Teachers may begin with an enrollment of no more than three hours of lessons (three one-hour lessons or four 45-minute lessons).  You may send more enrollments (please number them in the order of importance) with the understanding that these students will only be added if the schedule permits.

Make checks payable to “KCMTA” (for only the allotted maximum enrollment) and mail the completed Enrollment Form(s) to:

Melody Stroth
13117 Hemlock
Overland Park, KS  66213

Master Lesson Enrollment Form (PDF)