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  Dr. Amity Bryson
Music Department Chair

Dr. Amity Bryson, Music Department Chair, teaches various music courses including applied voice, and directs both Avila Singers and University Singers. Dr. Bryson completed her doctoral work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and holds both a BS Ed in music education and a MM in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is also an alumnae of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. In addition to previous faculty appointments at William Woods University and Westminster College, Dr. Bryson has taught in the public school systems at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Dr. Bryson is active in local, state, and national professional music organizations. As a member of the board of the Kansas City Metro chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing for the last two years, Dr. Bryson was recently appointed president of the chapter for a two-year term. She also serves on the state board of Missouri Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs.

As a lyric soprano, Dr. Bryson continues to perform on both the recital and opera stage. Recent recitals include a program of art songs by women composers, featuring In a Persian Garden by Liza Lehmann. Opera roles have included Zerlina, Juliette, and Ännchen, but most memorable was her portrayal of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.


  Kari Johnson
Adjunct Faculty, Piano

Kari Johnson is a doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she studies with John McIntyre. She holds bachelors degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Central Missouri, a master's degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University, and a master's degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Johnson has won or placed in competitions throughout the Midwest, including the MTNA Steinway Young Artist Competitions in Missouri and Illinois and the Venetia Hall Concerto Competition. She is an active performer of new music and chamber music.

Ms. Johnson's recent performances include collaborative concerts at the University of Central Missouri and Pittsburg State University, UMKC's "Carter and Messiaen at 100" festival, the CMS Great Plains Chapter 2009 Regional Conference, and SEAMUS 2010. In the coming year she will perform at EMM and the Electro Acoustic Juke Joint, as well as the Thailand International Composition Festival. As a teacher Ms. Johnson has been on the faculty of the Conservatory of Central Illinois, and currently teaches at the UMKC Community and Dance Academy and Avila University. She has received several awards for her teaching, including the 2009 Muriel McBrien Kauffmann Graduate Assistant Award at UMKC. Her former teachers include Dr. Mia Hynes, Dr. Robert Satterlee, Dr. Cynthia Benson, Dr. Timothy Ehlen, Dr. Reid Alexander, and Dr. Diane Petrella.





  Pat McCarty





Joe English
Adjunct Faculty, Guitar


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