2010.10.19 > For Immediate Release
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Bales Named Music Teacher of the Year in Nebraska
Omaha - Kenton Bales, professor of music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), was named Teacher of the Year at the Nebraska Music Teachers Association Conference held at Hastings College earlier this month.
Bales' music has received awards from the American Composers Foundation; the Society of Composers, Inc.; the Nebraska Arts Council; the Mid-America Arts Alliance; the Burlington Northern Foundation; and the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. His Plain Variations for piano won honorable mention in the Music Teachers National Association Distinguished Composer of the Year competition.
"I'm honored to receive this award from an organization full of teachers I admire and respect," Bales said. "It's gratifying to realize that my work meets with the approval of others."
Bales was named Nebraska Composer of the Year twice for his music that specializes in themes from the West and the Great Plains.
Compositions such as The Rocks – for tuba and orchestra – have been premiered by the Omaha Symphony and subsequently performed by the United States Army Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
His Micro Zodiac was commissioned by Decadanse of Lunel, France in celebration of the millennium, and Black Jack was commissioned by a member of the percussion group Ethos in New York, NY.
Bales has served as a member of the board of directors of the Society of Composers, Inc., and as national coordinator for the Music Teachers National Association Student Composers Competition.
For more information, contact Jo Riecker-Karl, Nebraska Music Teachers Association: firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 477-5647.
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