Kristin Shafel Omiccioli

Kristin Shafel Omiccioli

Editorial Assignments Executive Editor; Jazz, Classical, and New Classical Contributor

Kristin Shafel Omiccioli, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, has been an active member of the Kansas City performing arts community for the past fifteen years. She is currently principal bassist of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and the Heritage and Kinnor Philharmonics. Kristin holds composition degrees (M.M., B.M., with minors in double bass, fine arts, and arts administration) from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she was a leader and performer in several ensembles and student organizations. Formerly a guitarist, Kristin performed with big bands and her own jazz quartet in Madison. Kristin blogs at and you can find her on Twitter at @kristinshafel. She joined the KCM team in 2010.

Farewell reflections on 15 years in Kansas City

Before Kristin Shafel Omiccioli leaves her position as KCMetropolis’s executive editor this summer for an opportunity overseas, she reflects back on her experiences with KCM and as a musician...

Visual Arts through June

June’s new visual arts offerings include several exhibitions by artists of all disciplines, inspired by a variety of sources—oil paintings inspired by the natural beauty of the Kansas prairies,...

Once upon an MAFB concert

The Mid America Freedom Band closed its 13th season last weekend with a whimsical program highlighting classic and new creative tales with “The Stories We Share.”

Visual Arts through May

A sampling of May’s gallery openings and museum exhibitions throughout the metro area include several group and solo shows at Belger Arts Center, Cerbera Gallery, Haw Contemporary, Sherry Leedy...

Visual Arts through April

A sampling of April's gallery openings and museum exhibitions throughout the metro area include continuing ceramics solo and group exhibits related to the 2016 NCECA Conference and a collection...

Olatuja transcends the Spotlight

Emerging vocalist Alicia Olatuja and her quintet brought her distinct multi-genre music to Kansas City for the first time last Friday night, as this year’s Spotlight Artist on the...

QHP starts off 2016 “In the Mood”

Quality Hill Playhouse once again has a hit on its hands, this time celebrating the “songs of the great bandleaders” with “In the Mood.”

PREVIEW: Spring 2016 Jazz and World Music

Kansas City’s jazz scene continues to thrive this spring, and the metro offers some diverse cultural performances coming up as well, especially in the month of February.

PREVIEW: Spring 2016 Dance

Kansas City’s dance performances this spring are varied and diverse, ranging from ballet classics to world-premiere contemporary works of local and international acts.

All-American, all Audra

Celebrated soprano Audra McDonald more than made up for her postponed appearance on the Harriman-Jewell Series earlier this fall with a transcendent and diverse recital of American music both...

(Christmas) hammin’ it up

Heartland Men's Chorus kicked off its 30th season with its "non-traditional tradition," Kansas City Christmas: a weekend of choral holiday cheer at the Folly Theater.

PREVIEW: Holiday Music and Dance 2015

Kansas City’s performing arts organizations know how to celebrate the holidays. This year, we can look forward to familiar favorites along with a few special guest artists on the...

PREVIEW: Holiday Theatre 2015

Kansas City’s theatre scene has a host of holiday offerings on tap this year, from literary adaptations to musical revues, comedic variety shows, and more.

Comedy and music meet

Musical comedy duo Igudesman and Joo delighted Polsky Theatre with humorous bits and brilliant playing during its appearance last Sunday on the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community...

Top voices meet at The Summit

Revered vocal groups The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 have combined forces for the first time ever to embark on an unforgettable tour, "The Summit," which included a stop...

PREVIEW: Fall 2015 Choral

Kansas City’s plethora of choirs show off their talents in several breathtaking concerts this fall.

PREVIEW: Fall 2015 Jazz and World Music

In the coming months, Kansas Citians will have a chance to experience a wealth of music from around the globe in addition to beloved home-grown jazz.
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