The Kansas City Conservatory of Music was the early training ground of Gloria Jardon. Having studied with Wicktor Labunski there, and later, Angelica Von Sauer and John Perry at the University of Kansas, she graduated from New England Conservatory where composer David Barnett was her chief mentor. She joined Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Fraternity.
Returning to Kansas City, Gloria began teaching piano and won a Missouri State prize in composition. She continued her teaching and earned a master of music degree when she moved with her family to Joplin in 1970. She has been associated with Missouri Southern State University since 1981. Gloria is the concept originator and present chairperson of the Honors Audition of the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition.
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