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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • DC3 welcomes new instrumental music instructor

  •      David McKinney, associate professor of music and director of bands and orchestra, comes to the college from Oklahoma City, where he was director of instrumental music at Harding Fine Arts Academy.


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  •      David McKinney, associate professor of music and director of bands and orchestra, comes to the college from Oklahoma City, where he was director of instrumental music at Harding Fine Arts Academy.
         Over his 30-year teaching career, McKinney has taught at The University of Western Ontario and also in Houston and College Station, Texas.
         He holds masters degrees from the University of Arkansas and the University of Calgary and is currently completing a doctorate of musical arts through Boston University.
         McKinney is a published arranger with Southern Music Company of San Antonio, Texas and holds professional memberships in a number of instrumental associations.
         McKinney's duties at DC3 will include the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, pep band and the Dodge City Symphony, as well as teaching private lessons and a music theory class.
         "One of my first goals will be to build the program; we need more students. So recruiting will be a huge element in the plan," McKinney said in an interview Tuesday.
         McKinney plays bassoon and clarinet and learned tuba and euphonium for marching season.
         "I'm going to build this program however I can," McKinney said, suggesting that he plans to use experienced community members in any of the college's ensembles.
         "I see it as a mentoring opportunity. Community players can bring a lot to a group and they can help teach valuable lessons to the younger students."
         McKinney noted that there is still scholarship money available for the current semester.
         "If there is someone out there who has been thinking about continuing their high school music experience and getting an education, it's not to late to make a decision and apply for a scholarship this year," he said.
         Interested potential students can call McKinney at (620) 227-9246.
    Performance opportunities
         The Dodge City Symphony, conducted by McKinney, and the DC3 Choral Union, conducted by Jodi Frisbee-Reese, are both performance organizations made up of college students and community volunteers.
         The choir rehearses every Monday evening and the symphony rehearses every Tuesday evening.
         Both groups participate in several concerts at the college and in two concerts each year at the Immaculate Heart of Mary church in Windthorst.
         Both instructors welcome interested community members to the groups.
         Frisbee-Reese may be reached at (620) 227-9371.
         The DC3 music department's third faculty member is Dr. Joel Thomas, instructor of keyboard. Dr. Thomas also welcomes students of all ages.
         "I'll teach any kind of music to students of any age," Thomas said.
         Dr. Thomas may be reached at (620) 227-9368.
         Together, the three instructors offer the opportunity for anyone to get involved with the music program at DC3.
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