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Jonathan Borja

Specialty area(s)

Flute, Music History

Brief biography

Dr. Borja holds three graduate degrees from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance (Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance, Master of Music in Flute Performance, a Master of Music in Musicology) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Principia College. Before coming to the United States, he studied at the National Conservatory of Music in his native Mexico City. His teachers and mentors include Marie Jureit-Beamish, Mary Posses, María Esther García, William Everett, and Andrew Granade. 

Dr. Borja has performed throughout the United States and Mexico and has appeared in festivals devoted to the music of J. S. Bach, George Crumb, Gustav Mahler, Olivier Messiaen, and Elliott Carter. He has performed at the National Flute Association Convention, and in venues such as Steinway Hall, Helzberg Hall, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kansas City Art Institute, the National Conservatory and National University in Mexico, as well as the National University of Singapore. His continued advocacy for the music of our time has led him to collaborate with some of today’s finest composers, including Chen Yi and Zhou Long, George Crumb, Yehudi Wyner, Libby Larsen, Narong Prangcharoen, Samuel Zyman, among others.

Current courses at UWL

MUS 110: Listening Experience

MUS 205: World Music

MUS 264: History of Western Music I (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque)

MUS 364: History of Western Music II (Classic and Romantic)

MUS 365: History of Western Music III (XX and XXI Centuries) (Writing Emphasis)

Applied Flute

Woodwind Quintet

MUS 480: Independent Study (Writing Emphasis)

Dr. Borja is a Writing Emphasis Certified Instructor

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, Flute Performance, 2010, Conservatory of Music and Dance, UMKC.

Master of Music, Music History and Literature, 2010, Conservatory of Music and Dance, UMKC.

Master of Music, Flute Performance, 2005, Conservatory of Music and Dance, UMKC.

Bachelor of Arts (Music), 2002, Honors, Principia College, Elsah, IL.

Teaching history

Assistant Teaching Professor of Music, Conservatory of Music and Dance, UMKC (2011-2015)
Adjunct Professor of Music, Blue River Community College (2010-2011)
Adjunct Professor of Music, Park University (2011)
Adjunct Professor of Music, University of Central Missouri (2010)

Professional history

Chair of the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship, National Flute Association (2016-Present)

Colorado MahlerFest: Principal Flute (2018); Assistant Principal Flute (2016); Second Flute (2009-2016)

Topeka Symphony Orchestra: Second Flute (2010-2015)

Mu Phi Epsilon, member 2015-2017

National Flute Association, member since 2000

College Music Society, member since 2008

Research and publishing

PERFORMANCES

2018

Faculty Recital. University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, 9/8/18

Jureit Musicales, Stuart, FL 09/02/18

National Flute Association Convention, Orlando, FL, 08/11/18

Bonfire Chamber Music Festival, Grand Rapids, MN, 7/26/18

Colorado MahlerFest, Principal Flute, 5/19-20/18

Washington State University, 4/16/18

Faculty Recital. University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, 4/7/18

Conservatorio Nacional de Música, Mexico City, Mexico, 3/16/18

Biblioteca José Vasconcelos, Mexico City, Mexico, 3/13/18

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, 2/3/18

Jureit Musicales, Stuart, FL, 1/13/18

2017

Open Borders. One-of-A-Kind Chamber Series, Viterbo   University, La Crosse, WI 11/19/17

Open Borders: Music by Copland, Hoover, Chen Yi, Ibrahim, and Zyman, Holy Spirit Parish, Stevens Point, WI, 11/17/17

The Music of Samuel Zyman, UWL, 11/3/17

The Music of Samuel Zyman, Old Main Historical Society, Galesville, WI, 10/27/17

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, 8/22/17

National Flute Association Convention, Minneapolis, MN, 8/11/17

Jureit Musicales, Stuart, FL 7/28/17

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Música, 5/19/17

University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, 4/9/17

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 3/25/17

Jureit Musicales, Stuart, FL, 3/16/17

Wisconsin Flute Festival, 3/4/17

National Conservatory of Music, Mexico City, 1/16/17

2016

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 11/12/16

National Conservatory of Music, Mexico, 6/30/16

Jureit Musicales, Stuart, FL, 6/5/16

Colorado MahlerFest, 5/21-22/16

Waldorf University, 3/17/16

Pacific University, 3/13/16

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 3/5/16

George Fox University 1/23/16

2015

WSMA, Madison, WI, 10/29/15

Concerto, UWL Orchestra, 10/18/15

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 9/26/15

Master Classes

Washington State University, 4/16/18

National Conservatory of Music, Mexico 3/12-16/18

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, 8/21/17

University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, 4/9/17

National Conservatory of Music, Mexico, 1/16-20/17

National Conservatory of Music, Mexico6/27-30/16

George Fox University, 1/23/16

Publications, Guest Lectures, and Recordings

Conference Presentation. "Cultural Syncretism: The Sounds and Rhythms in the Flute Music of Samuel Zyman." North Central Council of Latin Americanists. Madison, WI. October 6, 2017

"Cultural Syncretism: The Sounds and Rhythms in the Flute Music of Samuel Zyman." The Flutist Quarterly No. 42, No. 4, Summer 2017. National Flute Association, USA. 

Guest Lecture. "Cultural Syncretism: The Sounds and Rhythms in the Flute Music of Samuel Zyman." UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. April 7, 2017

Solo Recording. Libby Larsen: Aubade for solo flute. Minneapolis, MN. August 18, 2016 

Book Review: Robin Wallace's 'Take Note.' College Music Symposium. No. 56, January 21, 2016. 

Encyclopedic article: “Nirvana.” The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World. Santa Barbara, California, ABC-Clio. (November, 2015).

Encyclopedic article: “Jackson 5.” The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World. Santa Barbara, California, ABC-Clio. (November, 2015).

"Mythology and Humor: The Flute Works of Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson" The Flutist Quarterly No. 41, No. 1, Fall 2015. National Flute Association, USA. 

Short Stories for Flute and Piano: The Flute Music of Thorkell Sigurbjornsson. Icelandic Music Information Centre (Reykjavik: Bad Taste Records Smekkleysa), January, 2015.