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Kemner, Gerald (September 28, 1932-January 26, 2007)



  • Existence: September 28, 1932 - January 26, 2007


Gerald Eugene Kemner was born September 28, 1932, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Louis Webster and Mabel (Huhn) Kemner. Music was a lifelong passion for Kemner, whose mother introduced him to the piano when he was just 4 years old.

Kemner attended Paseo High School, University of Kansas City (now UMKC), and Yale University. He received his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He taught music at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In the 1960s Kemner returned to Kansas City to teach at UMKC's Conservatory of Music, a position he held until retirement.

Over the years, Kemner composed several works of music, including scores for everything from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre productions to a made-for-TV movie later entered in the Cannes Film Festival.

Kemner suffered from Parkinson's disease and passed away January 26, 2007.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Gerald Kemner Collection

Identifier: MS-0068
Scope and Contents The Gerald Kemner Collection was gifted to the UMKC Miller Nichols Library in 2003.The collection encompasses the compositional, professional, and personal life of Kemner, who taught Composition at the UMKC Conservatory for many years. In addition to a comprehensive assembly of Kemner’s musical compositions, you will also find Teaching Materials, Programs, Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, and Miscellaneous items.Addendum I was gifted to the UMKC Miller Nichols Library in...
Dates: 1953 - 1993