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Dr. John S. Prescott

John S. Prescott






Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts 309



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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897 work
Music Composition Area Coordinator


  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Kansas, Music Composition
  • Master of Music, Florida State University, Music Theory
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Kansas, Music Composition


  • UHC 110: Freshman Honors Seminar
  • MUS 130: Multicultural Instrument Tech
  • MUS 203: Theory and Musicianship III
  • MUS 204: Theory and Musicianship IV
  • MUS 239: Introduction to World Music
  • MUS 327: Composition Class
  • MUS 328: Instrumentation
  • MUS 516: Composition I
  • MUS 518: Choral Arranging
  • MUS 520: Composition III
  • MUS 521: Composition IV
  • MUS 700: Intro. to Grad. Study in Music
  • MUS 715: Advanced Composition

Research and professional interests

John Prescott, a member of the music faculty since 1986, holds degrees from Florida State University and the University of Kansas where he studied composition with John Pozdro, Edward Mattila, and James Barnes. An award-winning member of ASCAP, Dr. Prescott composes music for band, orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, and multi-media venues, and much of his music is published and distributed world-wide.

Several of his students have also experienced success as composers, having won competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association, BMI, the American College Theatre Festival, and the Broadcast Education Association International Student Video Festival.

Awards and honors

  • Standard Award, ASCAP, October 16, 2010
  • Standard Award, ASCAP, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
  • University Award, Missouri State University, August 2006
  • University Award, Southwest Missouri State University, August 2005
  • Standard Award, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP...), 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991
  • Missouri Video Association Award, 1993
  • Honorable Mention, MTNA Composer of the Year Competition, 1989
  • Winner - International Trombone Association Composition Contest, 1985
  • Winner - ABA/Ostwald Band Composition Contest, 1981


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