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Matthew Scrivner

Voice Instructor


Matthew Scrivner is a voice teacher who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music in vocal performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Washburn University.

Dr. Scrivner has an extensive list of operatic credits, which includes originating the role of the Ox in the world premiere of How the Camel Got His Hump. In 2008, he participated in the inaugural L’arte del canto Lirico program in Italy. He has also been a regular member of the chorus at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City since 2008.

In addition to being an experienced performer and voice teacher, Dr. Scrivner has been involved with music behind the scenes. In 2011, he published two short articles with the web magazine, Operagasm. Dr. Scrivner was also a production assistant for the Topeka Symphony, a board member for the Topeka Opera Society and Concert Association, and the co-founder and executive for the Kansas City Opera Institute.


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John Kizilarmut

Percussion Instructor


John Kizilarmut is a percussion teacher at the Kansas City School of Music. He has performed with a wide range of artists and groups including Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Matt Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Logan Richardson, Clark Terry, New York Voices, Ana Gasteyer, Conspirare, Shirley Jones, DJ Starscream, and the Des Moines Symphony.

He is also frequent guest performer and clinician at percussion and jazz festivals throughout the midwest. Additionally, he was a featured artist at the PASIC convention in 2013.

Mr. Kizilarmut is also an active composer and arranger. His works have been featured by many award winning music programs, including the 2013 State Jazz champion Waukee High School Jazz Ensemble, Lake Central High School Band, several DCI Drum Corps, and the University of Texas percussion ensemble.

John has served as a percussion teacher on the faculties of Drake University, Grinnell College, and Northwest Missouri State University.

He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife Nicole and son Evan.


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Sean Riley

Director of Information Technology


Sean holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University, Kansas City. Computers and programming have been a hobby for him since he was in elementary school and continue to challenge him today. His current interests include database driven websites and the design of software architecture to solve problems in an ever changing environment. He is currently responsible for maintaining all of the Kansas City School of Music’s database and website resources. Sean is also an amateur guitarist and handbell ringer.

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