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Brad Baumgardner

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Brad Baumgardner


Brad Baumgardner (b. 1980, Kentucky) is an American composer and bass clarinetist.

Dr. Baumgardner earned a B.A. in music from Western Kentucky University in 2003, a M.M. in composition from the University of Louisville in 2006, and in 2011 was awarded a D.M.A. serving as the graduate teaching assistant in composition at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance. His creative programming and leadership was rewarded with the Kauffman Foundation Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award in 2010. He currently teaches music theory and applied clarinet at Mid America Nazarene University and Music Industry at Kansas City KS Community College.

Brad’s music is regularly performed in the United States and internationally and has been described as “energetic” and full of “lovely harmonies”. Brad remains active as a performer both as a solo artist and as a member of prominent area ensembles.

Brad continues to foster the development of contemporary and experimental art music both as a composer and as a performer through commissioning projects, workshops, and master classes. During his time in Kansas City, Brad has played on the premiere performances of over thirty new works. Brad is a founding member of the experimental music group, the Digital Honkbox Revival, which focuses on music that features electric and acoustic influences and open collaborations with multidisciplinary artists.

His awards include an individual artist grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, a residency as an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Kauffman Foundation’s 2010 excellence in graduate teaching award.

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