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MU School of Music professor awarded 2019 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

March 11th, 2019

Story Contact: Liz McCune, 573-882-6212,

Photos and a bio of Silvey are available for download here.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright and Steve Sowers, president and CEO of the central and eastern Missouri region of Commerce Bank, today awarded a 2019 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence to Brian Silvey, an associate professor of music education in the School of Music.

Cartwright, Sowers, School of Music Director Julia Gaines and a group of professors, administrators and staff surprised Silvey by honoring him with the fellowship, which includes a $10,000 check. Kemper Fellowships are awarded to five outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri each year.

This is the 29th anniversary of the William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence, which were established in 1991 with a $500,000 gift. Kemper, a 1926 MU graduate, was a well-known civic leader in Kansas City until his death in 1989. His 52-year career in banking included top positions at banks in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Commerce Bank manages the trust fund.