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MNMI in the media: Stephanie Berg, Donovan Tousignant, eighth blackbird

The Mizzou New Music Initiative continues to make news on campus, in Columbia, and throughout the state of Missouri and the world of music.

Most recently, two young composers associated with the MNMI were featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Stephanie Berg, a graduate student who’s a member of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and a past winner of the Sinquefield Composition Prize, was profiled by the Tribune‘s Jill Renae Hicks in a story on February 19. Berg will be one of the resident composers at this year’s Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, to be held July 23-28 in Columbia.

Undergraduate Donovan Tousignant, whose composition “Sleeper: Dreamer pt. 2” was performed in concert earlier this year by the Ensemble, also was profiled by Hicks for the Tribune on March 4. You can read that article online here.

Meanwhile, this week’s residency and concert by the touring ensemble eighth blackbird was the subject of another story by Hicks, also published on March 4.

Local NBC affiliate KOMU also visited campus on Wednesday, March 7 for a report on eighth blackbird’s coaching session with the members of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble.

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival’s resident composers will bring diversity to 2012 event

From a London-based composer pursuing a doctorate at the Royal Academy of Music, to a Greek studying music in upstate New York, to a Kansas City native working towards her Master’s degree at Mizzou, the resident composers selected for this year’s Mizzou New Music Summer Festival are perhaps the most diverse group yet in the event’s three-year history.

The University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative today announced the eight resident composers selected for the 2012 Festival, which will take place Monday, July 23 through Saturday, July 28 in Columbia. Chosen through a portfolio application process that this year attracted 144 entries from all over the world – including Israel, France, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, Russia, England, Thailand, Canada and China – they are:

* Stephanie Berg – Columbia, MO
* Brian Ciach – Bloomington, IN
* David Crowell – New York, NY
* Stylianos Dimou – Rochester, NY
* Ted Goldman – Rochester, NY
* Patrick Harlin – Ann Arbor, MI
* Charlie Piper – London, England
* Asha Srinivasan – Appleton, WI

Three of the composers selected have significant international ties: Piper, a native and current resident of London; Dimou, who was born and raised in Greece; and Srinivasan, who was born in the United States but lived in India as a child. Mizzou is represented in the group by Stephanie Berg, a graduate student working toward a Master’s degree in clarinet performance and composition, and winner of the 2009 Sinquefield Composition Prize.

The 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will include a series of public concerts featuring music from the resident composers and other contemporary creators, as well as workshops, master classes and other events. The Festival’s guest composers for 2012 will be Steven Stucky, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for composition and professor at Cornell University; and Donnacha Dennehy, a native of Dublin who is one of the leading contemporary composers in Ireland. The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble, as they have since the Festival began in 2010.

During the festival, the eight resident composers will receive composition lessons from Stucky and Dennehy; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; give presentations on their music; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of a new work created specifically for the Festival and Alarm Will Sound.

A complete schedule of events, times, dates and venues for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit http://newmusicsummerfestival.missouri.edu/.

Stephanie Berg

Brian Ciach

David Crowell

Stylianos Dimou

Ted Goldman

Ted Goldman

Patrick Harlin

Charlie Piper

Asha Srinivasan

Kirsten, Podgursky win commissions from Harvard’s Fromm Foundation

Congratulations to Amy Beth Kirsten and Jeremy Podgursky, both resident composers at the inaugural Mizzou New Music Summer Festival in 2010, for winning $10,000 commissions this year from Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation.

The Fromm Music Foundation has been located at Harvard since 1972, and has commissioned more than 300 new compositions and their performances, as well as sponsoring hundreds of new music concerts and concert series. Kirsten and Podgursky are among 12 winners of commissions this year.

2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival to be held July 23 – 28

The Mizzou New Music Initiative will present the third annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival from Monday, July 23, 2012 through Sunday, July 28 on the campus of the University of Missouri.

The 2012 Festival will include a series of public concerts featuring music from contemporary composers, as well as workshops, master classes and other events. The Festival’s guest composers for 2012 will be Steven Stucky (pictured), winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for composition and professor at Cornell University; and Donnacha Dennehy, a native of Dublin who is one of the leading contemporary composers in Ireland. The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble.

Eight resident composers will be selected for the Festival through a portfolio application process to create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. They will receive composition lessons from Stucky and Dennehy; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work.

The application process for resident composers began September 1, 2011, and the deadline for submitting an application is November 1, 2011. For more information on applying to become a resident composer for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, please visit http://newmusicsummerfestival.missouri.edu/application.html.

A complete schedule of events, times, dates and venues for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will be made available at a later date. For more information, please visit http://newmusicsummerfestival.missouri.edu/.

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival resident composers earn new honors

Several of the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival’s resident composers recently have received additional honors for their work.

Clint Needham (pictured), who was one of the resident composers for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, was awarded the prestigious Barlow Prize for 2011. A total of 170 composers from around the world applied for this award, which carries a $12,000 commission to write a new work for woodwind quintet.

In addition, three resident composers were recognized among the 15 members of the last round of competition for the new music ensemble eighth blackbird‘s composition competition. Yotam Haber, who took part in the 2011 festival, and Amy Beth Kirsten and Jeremy Podgursky. who both were resident composers at the inaugural festival in 2010, were selected from among more than 500 composers who applied.

More news coverage of the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival

Since the post here the other day about media coverage of the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, several more articles have been published:

Resident composer Steve Snowden was interviewed by the Columbia Daily Tribune‘s Aarik Danielsen for a post on the paper’s Art Axis blog, which you can read here.

Meanwhile, resident composer Kari Besharse was featured in an article in her hometown paper, the Hammond Star, and in a story for The Lion’s Roar, the official campus publication at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she teaches.

Besharse (pictured) also is blogging about her experiences at the festival for the website New Music Box, and you can read her first entry here.

Update: Kari filed three more blog entries about the festival, which can be found here, here and here.

Also, Kelsey Whipple of the Riverfront Times in St. Louis wrote about the festival and resident composer Pat Clarke for an article on the RFT’s “A to Z” music blog here.

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival in the news

With anticipation building among composers, musicians, listeners and the media, the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival has been the subject of a number of news reports and features in recent days.

Aarik Danielsen of the Columbia Daily Tribune previewed the festival with two stories in this past Sunday’s paper, and also interviewed guest composer Anna Clyne (pictured) for a post Monday on the Tribune’s Art Axis blog.

Other Columbia journalists also have taken notice of the festival. Will Floyd of the Missourian wrote a preview of the festival last Friday that can be viewed online here, and KBIA’s “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper” featured an interview with Stefan Freund of the MU School of Music (and cellist for Alarm will Sound) on Monday.

You can see and hear the entire “Radio Friends” program here, or take in just Freund’s segment starting here.

In addition, KBIA’s “Off The Clock,” hosted by Scarlett Robertson, ran an interview last Friday with resident composer, MU grad student and Sinquefield Composition Prize winner Patrick David Clark, which you can hear online here.

Clark also was the subject of a short feature in Mizzou magazine, the official publication of the Alumni Association, and a story on the website Patch.com’s edition for Clayton, MO, the St. Louis suburb where he went to high school.

Also in St. Louis, writer Terry Perkins talked with Clark for a preview story about the festival that went online yesterday on the St. Louis Beacon news website. Clark also appeared on radio station KMOX (1120 AM) on Sunday for a brief chat with the hosts of Total Information AM Weekend.

Some of the festival’s other resident composers also have gotten some positive press attention in their hometowns or where they went to school. Liza White was interviewed about her participation in the festival by the Springfield, MA Republican; Steven Snowden was the subject of a story in the Branson Tri-Lakes News, near his homewtown of Walnut Shade, MO; and Clint Needham was recognized in an online news report from the Indiana University School of Music, where he earned his master’s degree.

Festival schedule, program available online

In addition to the four ticketed concerts, the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival also features a number of free events, including composer presentations, workshops, and open rehearsals. You can see the complete schedule of festival events online here

You also can view the complete festival program online in PDF format here.