Mizzou’s 2020 Summer Composition Institute to proceed online

Following the policies announced by the University of Missouri, this year’s Missouri Summer Composition Institute, scheduled from Monday, June 21 through Saturday, June 27, will take place entirely online.

The high school students and incoming first-year college students participating in the program still will receive extensive personal instruction and interaction with Mizzou faculty, and will be able to hear the Khemia Ensemble bring their compositions to life.

Activities will include daily courses in notation, instrumentation, and repertoire; daily private composition lessons; workshops with members of the Khemia Ensemble; and a remote chamber music recording workshop.

Because of the online format, tuition fees for this year will be waived, and all accepted students will be able to participate absolutely FREE. Additionally, the application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 1.

For more information or to apply, please go to https://newmusic.missouri.edu/comp/missouri-summer-composition-institute.

Mizzou New Music Initiative cancels or postpones
all public events through the end of May

Following the policies announced by the University of Missouri and the directives of local, state and federal officials, the Mizzou New Music Initiative has canceled or postponed all public events effective immediately and continuing through the end of May.

The Student Composers Recital originally scheduled on Tuesday, April 14 and the Mizzou New Music Ensemble concert on Monday, April 27 are canceled and will not be rescheduled.

The postponed events are:

* Reading of Mizzou composers’ new works by the St. Louis Symphony on Sunday, March 29 at Powell Hall in St. Louis
* Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) concert on Sunday, April 5
* Residency by Khemia Ensemble from Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11
* Creating Original Music Project (COMP) Festival on Saturday, April 25
* Residency by composer Evan Chambers from Monday, April 27 through Thursday, April 30
* Mizzou New Music Ensemble concert at Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, May 9

MNMI is working with the St. Louis Symphony to reschedule the student composers reading session as a private event. In addition, efforts currently are underway to reschedule the other events for the fall 2020 semester. If the COMP Festival cannot be rescheduled, MNMI will make arrangements for winning composers to receive their plaques and cash prizes.

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble’s tour of South America, originally scheduled for Monday, May 18 through Friday, June 5, will be postponed until a later date. Details will be announced when rescheduling is completed.

For now, the Summer Composition Institute and the 2020 Mizzou International Composers Festival remain on the schedule. Final decisions to proceed with these events will be announced at a later date, based on conditions at the time.

MNMI, the School of Music and the University of Missouri place the highest priority on the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. We look forward to resuming performances as soon as circumstances allow.

Missouri student composers to present award-winning works
at Mizzou’s COMP Festival on Saturday, April 25 in Columbia

All COMP winners receive personalized plaques and cash prizes, plus cash prizes for their schools.

Talented young composers and songwriters from all across Missouri will come together for a performance of their award-winning works at the Mizzou New Music Initiative’s 15th annual Creating Original Music Project (COMP) Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25 in the Sinquefield Music Center on the campus of the University of Missouri.

Admission is free and open to the public. The junior division concert, featuring works from elementary and middle school winners of this year’s competition, begins at 11:30 a.m., with the senior division concert of music by high school winners following at 3:30 p.m.

The festival also will be streamed online from University of Missouri School of Music’s YouTube page at http://bit.ly/musomyt, with the video stream going live 10 minutes before the start of each concert.

COMP was founded in 2005 to encourage K-12 students in Missouri to write original music and to provide performance opportunities for those works. It is a joint venture of the University of Missouri’s Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, which provides an annual gift of $40,000 to sponsor the competition.

Every year, in addition to having their music performed at the COMP Festival, the winning composers in each age group and category and their schools receive cash prizes. High school winners also receive scholarships to attend the Missouri Summer Composition Institute, Mizzou’s high school summer music composition camp.

“We’re delighted to celebrate fifteen years of the Creating Original Music Project,” said Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. “From this one competition for K-12 students, the Mizzou New Music Initiative has grown to include many different programs for collegiate and career composers, and helped Missouri gain recognition as a center for composition. As we continue to grow the Initiative, we look forward to supporting and promoting the state’s youngest composers for many years to come. ”

The 2020 Creating Original Music Project (COMP) competition categories and winners are:

Elementary School – Song with Words
1) Benjamin Stoker of Crossroads Academy – Quality Hill in Kansas City for “We’re Gone.” Sponsor: Cameron Dibble
2) Lacie Reetz of Williamsburg Elementary in Williamsburg for “Tryin’ to Write a Song.” Sponsor: Sherry Reetz
3) Lily Lagergren of Line Creek Elementary School in Kansas City for “Not Anymore.” Sponsor: Diana Hunter

Elementary School – Instrumental
1) Isaac Faust of Bell Prairie Elementary School in Kansas City for “Into a Dream.” Sponsor: Connie Van Engen
2) Om Garine of Woerther Elementary in Ballwin for “Hunters’ Chorus.” Sponsor: Rachel Puleo
3) Brendan Wich of Rogers Elementary, St. Louis for “The Dark of Night.” Sponsor: Donna Buehne

Middle School – Fine Art
1) Yueheng Wang of Ladue Middle School in Ladue for “Nostalgia.” Sponsor: David Werfelmann
2) Ovya Diwakaran of Ladue Middle School in Ladue for “Rêve Éternel.” Sponsor: Janna O’Hara
3) Samir Shaik of Parkway West Middle School, Chesterfield for “Carousel.” Sponsor: Patricia Nemish

Middle School – Pop Music
1) Stone Gill of Arcadia Valley Middle School in Ironton for “Inception.” Sponsor: Charles Lee
2) Mila Perez of Hallsville Middle School in Hallsville for “Love Will Never Lose.” Sponsor: Chelsea Otten
3) Lucy Gray Hamilton of Bode Middle School in St. Joseph for “Winter Is in My Eyes.” Sponsor: Daniel Gerhardt

High School – Fine Art

1) Brandon Kim of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia for “The Sands of Time.” Sponsor: Alison Lankheit
2) Olivia Bennett, a home-schooled student from Nixa, for “Dialogue and Delusion.” Sponsor: Carlyle Sharpe
3) Atticus Schlegel of Clayton High School in Clayton for “A Sneaking Suspicion.” Sponsor: Jennifer Shenberger

High School – Pop Music
1) Ariel Fansler of School of the Ozarks in Point Lookout for “Mood.” Sponsor: Wesley Saunders
2) Darcie A. Hingula of St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City for “Boy Allergies.” Sponsor: Steve Perry
3) Cooper Carr of Lee’s Summit West High School and Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit for “Holy Ground.” Sponsor: Shawn Harrell

High School – Jazz
1) Samantha Fierke of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia for “Sweet Girl.” Sponsor: Patrick Sullivan
2) Eli Minasian, a home-schooled student from Springfield, for “Summer Break.” Sponsor: Tyler Kemp
3) Adam Routt of Timberland High School, Wentzville for “Groove Grave.” Sponsor: Ronda Fields

Each student who enters the competition must have the signature and sponsorship of his or her school’s music teacher. Community agencies, churches, after-school programs, private teachers, and other musical mentors also may sponsor their young musicians in partnership with the student’s school music teacher.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to preview music from upcoming tour of South America and more on Monday, March 9 at Sinquefield Music Center

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will present a preview of music from their upcoming tour of South America and more in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9 at the Sinquefield Music Center on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. The concert is free and open to the public.

For their first concert of 2020 and their first public performance at the new Sinquefield Music Center, the Ensemble (pictured) will play two new works written by Mizzou graduate composition students, “Cataretê” by Luis Hermano Bezerra and “Ancient Echoes” by Daniel Fitzpatrick. Both pieces were composed specifically for the Ensemble’s upcoming tour of South America in late May and early June.

In addition, the Ensemble will present three works by South American composers that they will play during the tour: “Luna más negra” by Jose Halac of Argentina; “Sin Muerte” by Vladimir Guicheff Bogacz of Uruguay; and “Y vos, Por Salvarte, También Gritaste,” by Brazil’s German Gras, who was Luis Hemano Bezerra’s undergraduate composition teacher at the Universidade Estadual do Ceará in Fortaleza.

The concert also will feature music from the two distinguished guest composers for this summer’s Mizzou International Composers Festival, as the Ensemble will play Chen Yi’s “Near Distance” and David T. Little’s “Descanso (waiting).”

Rounding out the program will be a second performance of “Construction,” composed by Mizzou graduate student Niko Schroeder for the grand opening of the Sinquefield Music Center in February.

The seven-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer, conductor, professor of composition, and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

The Ensemble’s members for the 2019-20 season are Daniel Fitzpatrick, piano; Stephen Landy, percussion; Ann Mozina, flute; Jordan Nielsen, percussion; Pedro Ramiro, violin; Cameron Tubbs, cello; and Andrew Wiele, clarinet. Mizzou New Music Initiative post-doctoral fellow Yoshiaki Onishi serves as the Ensemble’s assistant conductor.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble hitting the road in May
for concert in Texas, tour of South America

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will hit the road this spring to perform a concert in Fort Worth, TX, followed by a tour of South America that will take them to Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay.

The journey will begin with a performance at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Ft. Worth, TX, where the Ensemble (pictured) will perform a program of new works created by Mizzou composition students in response to images from the museum’s collection.

Junior composition major Ben Dawson’s piece is inspired by the Carter Museum’s collection of 19th Century Landscapes, while freshman composition majors Isabelle Borchardt, Camden Hernandez and Sam Whitty have based their respective works on the collections devoted to Contemporary American Creativity, Western Living – Sculptures and Paintings, and 20th Century Modern Abstractions.

Admission to the concert is free, but reservations are required and can be made starting Wednesday, April 1 via the museum’s website at https://www.cartermuseum.org/.

Later in the month, the Ensemble will travel to South America for a tour from Monday, May 18 through Friday, June 5 that will include three residencies with concerts in Argentina, plus residencies and concerts in Brazil, Peru and Uruguay.

All six concerts will feature a core program of works by Mizzou faculty members Stefan Freund and Carolina Heredia, Mizzou composition alumnus José Martínez, and current graduate students Luis Hermano Bezerra and Daniel Fitzpatrick.

Those works include a new arrangement of Freund’s “St. Louis Reds,” Heredia’s “Ius in Bello,” and Martinez’s “Illegal Cycles,” as well as two pieces composed specifically for the tour, Bezerra’s “Cataretê” and Fitzpatrick’s “Ancient Echoes.” In addition, each concert on the tour will feature a work by a local composer associated with the host institution.

The Ensemble’s first stop will be from Monday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 20 at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where their concert will include a performance of Patricia Martínez’s “Expansion.”

Next, from Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23, they’ll be at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Córdoba, Argentina, and performing “Luna más negra” by José Halac.

From there, it’s back to Buenos Aires on Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26, where they will reprise Martinez’s work as part of their performance at the Conservatorio Superior de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Then, on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29, the Ensemble will be in residence at the Escuela Universitaria de Música in Montevideo, Uruguay, with Vladimir Guicheff Bogacz’s “Sin muerte” and Sofia Scheps’ “I come from afar” as part of their concert program.

Traveling on to Brazil, their next stop will be from Sunday, May 31 through Tuesday, June 2 at the Universidade Estadual do Ceará in Fortaleza, where they will perform “Y vos, por salvarte, también gritaste…” by German Gras, who was Luis Bezerra’s composition teacher for his undergraduate degree.

The final residency of the tour will be on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5 at the Universidad Nacional de Música in Lima, Peru, with the Ensemble performing José Sosaya’s “Girasol mágico gran brote” during their concert there.

At each location, the Mizzou composers also will give presentations about their work, and the Ensemble will do reading sessions of pieces written by composition students at each university.

The seven-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer, conductor, professor of composition, and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

The Ensemble’s members for the 2019-20 season are Daniel Fitzpatrick, piano; Stephen Landy, percussion; Ann Mozina, flute; Jordan Nielsen, percussion; Pedro Ramiro, violin; Cameron Tubbs, cello; and Andrew Wiele, clarinet. Mizzou New Music Initiative post-doctoral fellow Yoshiaki Onishi serves as the Ensemble’s assistant conductor.

School of Music celebrates opening of Sinquefield Music Center

The University of Missouri School of Music celebrated the opening of its new building, the Sinquefield Music Center, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Saturday, February 1.

The building (pictured) is named for lead donors Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, who contributed $10 million toward the $24 million total cost of design and construction. Located in the heart of campus on University Avenue, the 47,000 square foot facility includes dedicated spaces for vocal and instrumental ensemble performances, 26 practice rooms, and a recording studio large enough to fit an 18-piece jazz big band.

Attendees at the ceremony heard remarks from Dr. Sinquefield; University of Missouri chancellor Alexander Cartwright; College of Arts and Sciences dean Pat Okker; and the School of Music’s director, Dr. Julia Gaines, who called the new facility “a game changer” for the department, the university, the city of Columbia, and the state. After the program concluded, visitors had the opportunity to tour the building.

You can read the MU News Bureau’s coverage of the ribbon cutting and open house here, and an interview with Julia Gaines about what the opening of the Sinquefield Music Center means for the School of Music here. In addition, the bureau produced a video about the building, which can be seen in the embed window below.

The building and Saturday’s event prompted three stories in the Columbia Missourian, about the Sinquefields’ ongoing support of music at Mizzou, the efforts to get the building ready to open, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

More media attention came from a feature in the Columbia Daily Tribune, as well as national coverage from a story by the Associated Press.

Exterior photo of the Sinquefield Music Center by Dale Lloyd. Other photos by Bob Jacquin.

Quatuor Diotima to perform in two concerts, present world premiere during residency at University of Missouri

The internationally acclaimed group Quatuor Diotima is coming to the University of Missouri for a residency that will include two performances and the world premiere of a new commissioned work composed by Mizzou post-doctoral fellow Yoshiaki Onishi.

Formed in 1996 by graduates of the Paris National Conservatory, Quatuor Diotima (pictured) is a string quartet that performs contemporary classical music and offers a fresh look at works by the great composers. The quartet’s members are violinists Yun-Peng Zhao and Constance Ronzatti, violist Franck Chevalier, and cellist Pierre Morlet.

They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 20 at Whitmore Recital Hall on the Mizzou campus, presenting a program that will include music by Beethoven and Alban Berg in addition to Onishi’s “String Quartet No. 2,” which was written with a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

The quartet will conclude their residency with a concert at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22 at First Baptist Church, 1112 E Broadway, performing works by Berg and Bartók and teaming up with Mizzou’s Esterhazy Quartet for the rarely heard Shostakovich Octet.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert, which is a co-presentation of the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, are $20 for general admission, $10 for students with ID, free for children under 12, and can be purchased online at https://www.odysseymissouri.org/tickets.html.

During their residency on campus, Quatuor Diotima also will read works by student composers; coach the members of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble; and make a recording of Onishi’s new quartet.

Named after a work by Italian avant garde composer Luigi Nono, Quatuor Diotima has toured the United States, Asia, Australia, and South America and performed at major European festivals and venues, such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Reina Sofia in Madrid, Cité de la musique in Paris, Wigmore Hall and SouthBank Centre in London, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and more.

Quatuor Diotima has worked with major composers including Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Toshio Hosokawa, and Brian Ferneyhough, and have commissioned new works from composers Gérard Pesson, Alberto Posadas, Oscar Bianchi, James Dillon, Miroslav Srnka, Rebecca Saunders, Pascal Dusapin, Tristan Murail, and more. They also have won several international competitions, and have recorded for NEOS, Kairos, Alpha Productions, ECM, and Naïve.

Aaron Perrine to visit Mizzou for residency, concert

Composer Aaron Perrine is coming to the University of Missouri in February for a residency and concert featuring the premiere of a new commissioned work he wrote for the Mizzou Wind Ensemble.

Perrine (pictured) will arrive in Columbia on Thursday, February 13. While he’s on campus, he’ll give lessons to composition students; make a presentation about his music; and coach the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band, which will perform two of his older works at a concert later in the month.

His visit will conclude with a performance by the Wind Ensemble and All-Juniors Honor Band at 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 17 at the Missouri Theatre, at which the Ensemble, directed by Brian Silvey, will present the world premiere of Perrine’s new work “Stained with Light.”

Aaron Perrine is a Minnesota native who holds degrees from the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota, Morris, and currently is on the faculty at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

He has composed music in a variety of genres, and is noted especially for his works for concert and symphonic bands, twice winning the American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Award for his compositions “Only Light” in 2015 and “Pale Blue on Deep” in 2013.

Perrine’s music for winds has been featured at numerous national, regional, all-state, state conference, and honor band concerts, and his works for saxophone also have received many notable performances. He also is an active conductor who has worked with a variety of honor bands.