June 7 thru June 28 (4 weeks) | Tuesdays, 10:00 am to noon
You have probably heard of American composers and musicians like Aaron Copland, Quincy Jones, and Phillip Glass…. but did you know that they all have a teacher in common? Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) was a French composer, conductor and incredibly influential music teacher. American composer and critic Virgil Thomson once described Boulanger as “a one-woman graduate school so powerful and permeating that legend credits every U.S. town with two things – a five-and-dime and a Boulanger pupil.”
Boulanger was also the first woman to conduct major orchestras like the New York Philharmonic. Her singular devotion to music and quite conservative outlook on religion and gender issues complicate her legacy, but her influence is undeniable. In this course, we’ll explore Boulanger’s most well-known work as a teacher but also her career as a composer and a conductor, listening to a lot of music along the way!
Instructor: Sara McClure is a PhD candidate in musicology and a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Kansas, where she is working on a dissertation about orchestral ensembles in nineteenth-century St. Louis. She earned a Master of Music in Musicology from UMKC, where she received the Graduate Teaching assistant Superior Teaching Award and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University. She serves as the Musicologist-in-Residence for the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and the Music Director at Prairie Baptist Church in Prairie Village.