Randy Stewart

Fine Arts Producer

Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning "Arts News." Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He's also become the de facto "Voice of KSMU" in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Ozzie Award" in 2006.

Ways to Connect

(Poster design courtesy Missouri Choral Artists)

The Missouri Choral Artists is a brand-new Springfield-based group of professional choral singers founded earlier this year by Kelly Garrison and Matthew Felts.  When Matt Felts calls the group "professional," he defines them as "all either former music majors, current teachers, some former teachers--kind of all ages.  I just moved to Springfield to actually help get this project off the ground about a month ago."  The group will perform Arvo Pärt's Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) for chorus and string orchestra, and other works by Baltic composers, in a concert Sunday June 26th at 4:

(photo courtesy Missouri State University)

The Missouri Fine Arts Academy at Missouri State University is currently in its 21st year.  It’s a three-week summer program for high school students interested in the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing. They come from all over Missouri (and this year, outside the state—read on) for an intensive schedule of classes and activities.

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

Mount Vernon Community Theatre inaugurates a new Songbook Series: "Duets, An Evening of Entertaining Pairs" in three performances in Monett, Mount Vernon and Aurora this weekend.  The impetus for doing such a show, says Matt Teel of MVCT, was borne of necessity. The company normally presents a fully-staged musical during the summer. "But we do share the space (the Mount Vernon Arts and Recreation Center, or 'MARC') with several other groups, including another theater group in Mount Vernon (Rebels Bluff Troupe), and they have the space for this summer.

Photo: Corinna Van Hamlin for Taneycomo Festival Orchestra

Larkin Sanders is a Branson native who has just completed her Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Florida State University.  She is also a noted composer and arranger.  And she's the founder, Executive and Artistic Director, and resident clarinetist, of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, a non-profit organization that presents a FREE two-week concert series of classical music in the Branson every June. It's now in it's fifth season, and Larkin says she was inspired to create the Festival while still in graduate school at Michigan State University.

(Photo courtesy http://dankennedy.us)

Influenced by Will Ackerman’s Windham Hill record label in the late 1980s, the music of conservatory-trained pianist and composer Dan Kennedy infuses New Age music with jazz and rock.

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