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[Switch~ Ensemble] virtual residency at Mizzou will include
presentations plus a free online concert on Sunday, May 2

The new music group [Switch~ Ensemble] will do a “virtual residency” this spring for the Mizzou New Music Initiative, culminating in a online concert featuring works by Mizzou student composers.

The concert at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 2 will include new works by Mizzou’s Santiago Beis, Luis Bezerra, and Oswald Huynh, as well as music by Chris Chandler and Zachary James Watkins. The performance will be available to view on the University of Missouri School of Music’s YouTube channel and on the Mizzou New Music Facebook page.

The [Switch~ Ensemble] residency also will include a presentation to the School of Music’s convocation on entrepreneurship for musicians, plus presentations to the School’s composition seminar and “introduction to electronic music” class.

Founded in 2012 at the Eastman School of Music, [Switch~ Ensemble] (pictured) is a group of ten instrumentalists and composers dedicated to performing high-level chamber music integrated with cutting-edge technology and supporting emerging and early career composers.

Mizzou assistant professor Megan Arns is their percussionist, and there are two other members who have some prior experience at MU: cellist T.J. Borden, who did a residency and concert for MNMI in 2019, and Jason Thorpe Buchanan, the ensemble’s artistic director, who was a resident composer at the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Other members of [Switch~ Ensemble] are Lauren Cauley, violin; Christopher Chandler, composer and sound engineer; Matt Evans, saxophones; Madison Greenstone, clarinets; Clay Mettens, director of development, composer and sound engineer; Zach Sheets, composer, flutes, and managing director; and Wei-Han Wu, piano..

In keeping with their mission statement, [Switch~ Ensemble] has collaborated with both emerging and established composers, performing commissions and premieres of dozens of new works. Upcoming engagements include world premieres of commissioned works by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Katharina Rosenberger, Anna-Louise Walton, and Kelly Sheehan, supported by New Music USA, the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Pro Helvetia, the MAP Fund, and more.

Past performances and residencies include Cornell, Bard College, University of Chicago, Ithaca College, Harvard University Group for New Music, UC Berkeley, the VIPA Festival (Spain), Eastman School of Music, Frost School of Music at University of Miami, and Avaloch Farms Music Institute, as well as concerts at the Image/Sound Festival, San Francisco Center for New Music, MATA Interval Series, NYCEMF, Vanguard New Music Series at Kent State University, the Queens New Music Festival, and more.

Sheldon commissions to be available for online viewing

New works written on commission by Mizzou student composers for premiere at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis soon will be available for everyone to view via The Sheldon’s YouTube channel.

The first three pieces that will go online at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 25 are The Grace of Falling” by Santiago Beis, “Aubade with Ashen Clouds, Scarlet Sky by Oswald Huynh, and “Poem of the Phantom Queen” by Daniel Fitzpatrick.

All three works were written as the result of a partnership between The Sheldon (pictured) and the Mizzou New Music Initiative that since 2012 has commissioned new music to premiere live as part of the long-running Sheldon Classics series at the hall.

Performed variously by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mizzou faculty or fellow students and funded by Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, the commissions are intended to “offer emerging composers the opportunity to premiere their works in a professional setting, and classical-music lovers the chance to experience some of today’s most adventurous new music.”

Additional world premieres will be added as The Sheldon’s season continues into mid-June.


George Lewis’ virtual residency at Mizzou
to include public panel discussion and more

The renowned composer, musician, educator, and author George Lewis will take part in a “virtual residency” for the Mizzou New Music Initiative next month.

Lewis (pictured) will coach the Mizzou New Music Ensemble in preparation for their performance of his composition “Les exercises spirituels” in an online concert at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. The performance will be available to view on the University of Missouri School of Music’s YouTube channel and on the Mizzou New Music Facebook page.

Then on Thursday, April 15, Lewis will be one of the panelists for a School of Music convocation to discuss “Decolonizing Contemporary Music.” The presentation, which will be open to the public for online viewing via Zoom, also will feature Mizzou faculty members including Stefan Freund, Yoshiaki Onishi, Sam Griffith, and Stephanie Shonekan.

Lewis’ residency will conclude on Friday, April 16 with a presentation to the School of Music’s composition seminar.

Currently the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University in New York City, Lewis has been a distinctive and prominent figure in American music for the past half-century. He has been a member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, and holds doctoral degrees from the University of Edinburgh, New College of Florida, and Harvard University.

Lewis’ work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisational forms has been documented on more than 150 recordings, and his music has been presented by ensembles around the world, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, London Sinfonietta, Spektral Quartet, and many others.

His book “A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music” (University of Chicago Press, 2008) received the American Book Award and the American Musicological Society’s Music in American Culture Award. He also is the co-editor of the two-volume “Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies” (2016), and his opera “Afterword” (2015), commissioned by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, has been performed in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

Lewis also has received numerous other commissions from ensembles such as the American Composers Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Harvestworks, Ensemble Either/Or, Orkestra Futura, Turning Point Ensemble, IRCAM, and more.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. His other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship (2002) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015); a Doris Duke Artist Award (2019); a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011); an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999); and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He has been on the faculty of Columbia University since 2004, having previously taught at the University of California, San Diego; Mills College; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Koninklijke Conservatorium Den Haag; and Simon Fraser University’s Contemporary Arts Summer Institute.

Lewis also has served as visiting professor at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley; as composer in residence for the American Academy in Rome; as resident scholar for the University of Chicago’s Center for Disciplinary Innovation; and as artist in residence at Brown University.

Khemia Ensemble to perform new works by
Mizzou student composers during virtual residency

The new music group Khemia Ensemble will perform new works by five student composers in an online concert as part of a virtual residency this month at Mizzou.

The concert of student works will be one of two performances during the residency, which also will include a presentation to the School of Music’s composition seminar as well as individual private lessons and master classes for instrumental students.

In their first performance at 7:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, March 22, Khemia Ensemble will present a program of works for solo instruments, featuring music by composers Nicole Chamberlain, Melissa Dunphy, Reena Esmail, Stacy Garrop, Jennifer Jolley, Emma O’Halloran, Tanner Porter, and Juri Seo.

Then at 7:30 p.m CDT, Tuesday, March 23, the ensemble will premiere all new works by Mizzou student composers Isabelle Borchardt, Holden Franklin, Emily Shaw, Jack Snelling, and Sam Whitty. Both concerts will be available to view on the University of Missouri School of Music’s YouTube channel, the Mizzou New Music Facebook page, and the Facebook page and YouTube channel of Khemia Ensemble.

Khemia Ensemble (pictured) is led by co-artistic directors Er-Gene Kahng, violinist, and Amy Petrongelli, soprano, and includes Mizzou assistant professor Eli Lara on cello, as well as Thiago Ancelmo, clarinet; Annie Jeng, piano; Shane Jones, percussion; Chelsea Tinsler Jones, percussion; and Mary Matthews, flute.

As a group, they work to “actively promote both established and emerging composers through concerts, commissions, and collaborative mentorships with the next generation of composers and performers through workshops and residencies.”

Khemia Ensemble in 2019 and 2020 performed as part of the Mizzou International Composers Festival and also served as the resident ensemble for Mizzou’s Summer Composition Institute. They have been featured in venues and festivals such as National Sawdust, Strange Beautiful Music in Detroit, the third annual New Music Gathering, Latin IS America at Michigan State University, and the Biennial New Music Festival at the National University of Cordoba.

They also have had residencies at University of Michigan, Tufts University, Michigan State University, the National University of Bogota, and the National University of Cordoba, as well as two consecutive years at Avaloch Farms.

Mizzou New Music Initiative welcomes
Gahlord Dewald for virtual residency in March

The Mizzou New Music Initiative will welcome Gahlord Dewald for a virtual residency this month and an online concert in April.

Dewald (pictured) is a bassist, electronic musician, composer, and community organizer who is based in Burlington, Vermont. His Mizzou residency during the second week of March will include presentations to the School of Music’s introduction to electronic music class and to the composition seminar.

He’ll follow up those residency activities next month with a free online streaming performance presented by Mizzou at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 19. Dewald’s concert will be available to view on the University of Missouri School of Music’s YouTube channel and the Mizzou New Music Facebook page.

A graduate of Marlboro College with a degree in ethnomusicology, composition, and music performance, Dewald works in both composed and improvised music as a solo artist and as a member of the duos Jaguar Stereo!, Fat Tiger, and The Yes &.

His recent album “Coherent Light Enclosed Without” features a series of free improvisations on bass recorded inside The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, a seven-story steel water tank in Rangely, CO.

Dewald is the founder of a collective of experimental musicians and composers called Community of Sound, and also commissions music, performances, and recordings though a project called New Sound for Double Bass.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to perform
works by Onishi, Berko in a free online concert
on Wednesday, February 17

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will perform recent works by Yoshiaki Onishi and Alex Berko in a free online concert at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 17.

The concert will be available to view on the University of Missouri School of Music’s YouTube channel and the Mizzou New Music Facebook page.

“Antefenas-Studies” was written in 2018 by Onishi, who is a postdoctoral fellow in composition at the University of Missouri School of Music and serves as the Ensemble’s assistant conductor. Using both live instrumentation and prerecorded electronics, the piece explores “the kinetics of one sound responding to another, eventually forming the perception of a dialogue.”

Berko’s “Living in Color” (2019) was inspired in part by an image by Boston-based artist Melanie Long, and uses variations on an R&B-flavored three-chord progression to develop “a theme of connectedness and tangling of worlds.”

Both works will be performed live by the Ensemble during the stream, which also will include a prerecorded interview with Berko and Stefan Freund.

Freund, a cellist, composer, conductor, professor of composition, and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, is the director of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble.

The seven-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble (pictured) is made up of University of Missouri graduate students, and serves as the repertory group for the Mizzou New Music Initiative. In that capacity, they work with faculty, students, and visiting composers, and give public performances on campus and in the community.

The Ensemble’s members for the 2020-21 season are Johanny Veiga Barbosa, violin; Tâmila Freitas, flute; Stephen Landy, percussion; Jordan Nielsen, percussion; Andy Lewis, cello; Andrew Weile, clarinet; and Evie Werger, piano.

Mizzou New Music Initiative to present Duo Cortona
in a free online concert on Friday, February 5

The Mizzou New Music Initiative will present Duo Cortona in a free online concert at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 5.

The concert will be available to view on the University of Missouri School of Music’s YouTube channel and the Mizzou New Music Facebook page. It was recorded in conjunction with a “virtual residency” in November 2020 by the duo that also included reading and recording new works by Mizzou student composers and making a presentation to composition students.

The program will include music by Mizzou assistant professor Carolina Heredia; Evan Chambers, who also had a “virtual residency” with MNMI last fall; Robert Morris, a guest composer at the 2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival; and Annika Socolofsky, who visited Mizzou for a residency in 2019; as well as works by composers Hilda Paredes and John Liberatore.

Duo Cortona, the husband and wife team of violinist Ari Streisfeld and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of new works for their unique instrumentation. Both Streisfeld and Calloway are faculty members at the University of South Carolina School of Music.

Founded at and named for the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, Duo Cortona (pictured) has done performances and residencies across the USA, including at the Resonant Bodies Festival; the SONiC Festival and The Stone, both in New York City; Contemporary Undercurrents of Song Project in Princeton, NJ; New Music on the Point in Vermont; the Southern Exposure Series for New Music; East Carolina New Music Initiative; University of Wisconsin; College of Charleston; and more.

Yoshiaki Onishi chosen as MMTA’s Commissioned Composer for 2021

The Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) has selected Yoshiaki Onishi as their Commissioned Composer for 2021.

Onishi (pictured), a postdoctoral fellow with the Mizzou New Music Initiative, was chosen after submitting a portfolio of works anonymously to a panel of three judges. As the winner of the award, he will be commissioned to write a new work to be premiered in November 2021 at MMTA’s annual conference.

The winners of the Commissioned Composer competition in various states also are eligible to compete for the Music Teachers National Association’s “Distinguished Composer of Year” award, which includes a performance at MTNA’s national conference and a $5,000 cash prize.

Onishi is the third composer/educator from Mizzou to win the MMTA Commissioned Composer award in recent years, following former faculty member Bret Bohman, the 2019 winner, and associate professor Carolina Heredia, who won in 2018 when she was MNMI’s postdoctoral fellow.