Kansas Public Radio has a new evening classical host. Former evening host Cordelia Brown transitioned into her new role as Classical Music Director and the choice for Cordelia's replacement was an easy one. KPR's longtime volunteer host Marcia Higginson stepped in as host for evening classical. This is not an entirely new role for Marcia – she has hosted classical music on Friday evenings at KPR for the better part of the last decade.
Marcia has a long history with our station, and radio in general. She began her broadcast career at KANU while earning her graduate degree in musicology at the University of Kansas, and she worked with KWRT during her time living in Missouri. After moving back in range of KPR, she began volunteering with the station and moved to a permanent volunteer position hosting classical music for the past nine years. Marcia also brings years of experience in music education and community music groups to this role. She earned a music teaching certificate at Fort Hays State University and taught elementary music in Hays, Kansas. Marcia also served as an assistant director for Allegro Community Children’s Choir for ten years, and is proud of her membership in the William Baker Festival Singers.
Marcia’s lifelong passion for classical music is clear: “I enjoy programming classical music for radio because it’s a creative process. I get to create a flow of pieces that provides variety in sound, mood, form and style. And there is so much variety! That’s what’s fun for me.”
Classical music fans can now hear Marcia Monday – Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 8-9 p.m. on KPR.