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Mizzou welcoming composer Andrew List for residency next week

The School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative will welcome composer Andrew List to Columbia for a residency next Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26.

While he’s on campus, List, who’s a professor of composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, will make a presentation on his music; give private composition lessons; and work with the University’s Percussion Ensemble, which will perform his work “Night Wanderings” as part of the “Percussion Extravaganza” concert on Thursday night at the Missouri Theatre.

A longtime Bostonian, List (pictured) earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the New England Conservatory and his doctorate in composition at Boston University. He writes music for a variety of instrumentations and genres, including works for orchestra, string quartet, soloists, and various chamber ensembles, as well as vocal and choral music, opera, and music for children.

He has received commissions and performances from many ensembles and soloists in North and South America and in Europe, including the Boston Classical Orchestra, Zodiac Trio, Alea III, Esterhazy Quartet, Interensemble, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, North-South Consonance, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Concordia String Trio, Turtle Island String Quartet, pianists George Lopez and Winston Choi, cellist Emmanuel Feldman, and soprano Lisa Saffer.

Recordings of his music include releases by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, with Eva Szekely as violin soloist, on the Albany label; by MONTAGE Music Society on MSR Classics; and Zodiac Trio on Blue Griffin.

List has won numerous awards and honors, and is the composer-in-residence at the Zodiac Music Academy and Festival in Valdeblor, Côte d’Azur, France, where he presents a composition class each summer. He also was the first American ever to serve as a composer-in-residence for the city of Amsterdam. Sponsored by the city, the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst foundation, and the American Embassy in The Hague, he spent eight months there presenting concerts of his music and that of other American composers, as well as lectures and workshops at major conservatories throughout the Netherlands.

Tenth annual Mizzou International Composers Festival set for July 22-27, 2019; applications for resident composers now open

The Mizzou New Music Initiative is accepting applications for resident composers to take part in the tenth annual Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF), which will be held Monday, July 22 through Saturday, July 27, 2019 on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

In celebration of the festival’s tenth year, Donnacha Dennehy and Amy Beth Kirsten (pictured) will return to the MICF to serve as the two distinguished guest composers for 2019, teaching and consulting with the resident composers and ensemble. Dennehy was a guest composer at the MICF in 2012, while Kirsten was part of the festival’s first group of resident composers in 2010.

The MICF features three public concerts of music from contemporary composers, as well as workshops, master classes, and other events. As in years past, Saturday night’s grand finale at the Missouri Theatre will present the world premieres of new works from each of the eight resident composers, with Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, serving as resident ensemble.

The resident composers are selected for the MICF each year through an online portfolio application process. During the festival, they’ll get composition lessons from the distinguished guest composers and Mizzou faculty, and take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound. Each composer also will receive a professional live recording of their work.

The deadline to apply to become a resident composer for the 2019 Mizzou International Composers Festival is 5:00 p.m. Central time, Friday, November 16, 2018. For more information or to submit an application, please visit https://app.getacceptd.com/mizzou.

Considered one of Ireland’s top living composers, Donnacha Dennehy is the founder of the new music group Crash Ensemble and an associate professor of music at Princeton University. His music has been featured at festivals and venues around the world, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Barbican in London, and many others.

In recent years, Dennehy has concentrated especially on large-scale musico-dramatic works, including his first opera “The Last Hotel,” which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2015; “The Second Violinist,” which won the 2017 Fedora Prize for Opera and premiered in July 2017 at the Galway International Arts Festival; and the docu-opera “The Hunger,” which was performed as a work-in-progress at the 2012 MICF, subsequently co-produced in completed form by Alarm Will Sound and Opera Theatre St. Louis, and presented at BAM in New York.

The full concert version of “The Hunger” will be performed during the 2019 MICF by Alarm Will Sound and guest soloists Kate Manley and Iarla O’Lionaird as part of AWS’ Thursday night concert. That concert also will include a performance of part of a new operatic work-in-progress that Kirsten is composing for Alarm Will Sound.

Educated at Roosevelt University and the Peabody Institute, Amy Beth Kirsten currently lives in New Haven, CT and is a member of the composition faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Her work explores theatrical elements of creation, performance, and presentation, fusing music, language, voice, and theatre, with musicians’ instruments, bodies, and voices often considered as equal vehicles of expression.

She has written and composed fully-staged theatrical works as well as traditional concert works for her own ensemble, HOWL, musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, eighth blackbird, American Composers Orchestra, and others.

A complete schedule of events, times, dates and venues for the 2019 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be made available at a later date. For more information, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

Yoshiaki Onishi to receive 2018 Fromm Commission

Mizzou New Music Initiative post-doctoral fellow Yoshiaki “Yoshi” Onishi has been named a recipient of a 2018 Fromm Commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University.

Founded by Paul Fromm, a major patron of contemporary music who lived from 1906 to 1987, the Fromm Music Foundation is now in its 62nd year, having been located at Harvard for the past 42. Since the 1950s, it has commissioned more than 300 new compositions and their performances, and has sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series, including the annual Fromm Contemporary Music Series at Harvard.

The annual Fromm Commissions represent one of the principal ways that the foundation “seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public.” In addition to receiving a commissioning fee, composers also may get a subsidy for the ensemble performing the premiere of the commissioned work.

Onishi (pictured), who began his two-year fellowship with the Fall 2018 semester, is teaching composition and ear training classes at Mizzou. He also serves as assistant conductor of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, as well as assisting with various MNMI projects, and his fellowship includes a major research project to be completed with the next two years.

In all, there are fourteen recipients of Fromm Commissions this year, including four others with a Mizzou connection: Oscar Bettison, who was a distinguished guest composer at the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival; Igor Santos, a resident composer at the 2018 MICF; Carl Schimmel, who attended Alarm Will Sound’s performance of his “Chamber Symphony” and gave a presentation at the 2015 MICF; and Nina C. Young, who will visit the Mizzou campus for a residency this November.

Show Me Opera to premiere Hans Bridger Heruth’s
“A Certain Madness” on Friday, November 9

Show Me Opera will premiere “A Certain Madness,” a new chamber opera by Mizzou senior Hans Bridger Heruth, on Friday, November 9 at the Rhynsburger Theatre.

Tickets for the performance, which also will include selected scenes from a wide range of operatic repertoire, are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Heruth (pictured) wrote both the score and the libretto for “A Certain Madness,” which tells a new story based on the characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

“After the brutal murder of one of Watson’s dearest friends, Sherlock attempts to solve the case with the help of an unlikely ally – a medium!,” says the plot description. “As Sherlock prods the family with questions and the Medium contacts the spirit world for answers, tension rises as the pair grows closer to solving the case and unmasking the perpetrator of this heinous crime!”

The performance will feature singers Marques Jerrell Ruff, Connor Cochran, Aubrey Smith, Madison Claire Page, Savon Hayes, and Martha Allen. Mizzou assistant professor and director of orchestral activities Barry Ford will conduct the ensemble, which includes flute, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, piano, four violins, two violas, two cellos, and bass.

The Show-Me Opera, directed by Christine Seitz, is a troupe of motivated solo singers who are involved in the opera workshop and opera production courses. These courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students by audition and focus on the study, preparation, and performance of selected operatic or musical theatre works. They perform a variety of opera and musical scenes in the fall semester and presents a fully staged opera production (in collaboration with the University Philharmonic), and a program of staged arias and duets in the spring semester.

Niko Schroeder wins 2019 Sinquefield Composition Prize

Photo by SnoStudios PhotographyThe University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative have awarded the 2019 Sinquefield Composition Prize to Niko Schroeder.

Schroeder (pictured) is in his first year of study for a master’s degree in composition at Mizzou. He submitted “genealogy I,” a work written for piano, violin, and cello, to the competition and was selected for the prize by a panel of independent judges.

The adjudicators for the 2019 competition were Emily Koh, assistant professor of composition at the University of Georgia; Sky Macklay, assistant professor of music at Valparaiso University; and David Werfelmann, assistant professor of music theory and composition at Webster University.

Now in its 14th year, the Sinquefield Composition Prize is the top award for a composition student at Mizzou.

As this year’s winner, Schroeder now will be commissioned to write an original work for the University Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Barry Ford, which will premiere it as part of the Chancellor’s Arts Showcase on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia. With the commission, Schroeder also receives a cash prize for the production of the score and parts, and will have his work professionally recorded.

Originally from Waverly, IA, Schroeder earned his bachelor of arts degree from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.

While he was a student there, he served as sound engineer and student manager for the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble and won several awards, including “Composer of the Year” for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years; the 2017 Concerto Competition; and the Glenn A. Niemeyer Award, the highest distinction for student contributions to the university.

A performer as well as a composer and engineer, Schroeder has toured with rock and contemporary classical ensembles and regularly performs with his polka band, the Bierkeller Boys.

The other finalists for the 2019 Sinquefield Composition Prize were Dustin Dunn and Ben Rouder.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to perform music by Daugherty,
Sharlat and Donatoni on Monday, October 15 at Whitmore Recital Hall

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble’s first concert of the 2018-19 season will feature works by two composers who are visiting the University of Missouri campus this fall, and more.

The Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, October 15 at Whitmore Recital Hall, 135 Fine Arts Building on the Mizzou campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert will include “Divertissement” by composer Yevgeniy Sharlat, who will be in Columbia the first week in October; and “Sinatra Shag” and “Jackie’s Song” by multiple Grammy Award winner Michael Daugherty, who’s visiting Mizzou for a residency on Monday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 9. Both Sharlat and Daugherty will spend time during their residencies coaching the Ensemble on the performances of their works.

“Divertissement,” written by Sharlat in 2006 for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, showcases all four instruments in individual caprices, alternating with slow movements that provide contrast.

“Sinatra Shag” was composed by Daugherty in 1997. It’s one of a series of works inspired by the architecture and popular culture of Las Vegas in the 1960s, incorporating “chromatically ascending passages, swinging lounge instrumental riffs and swirling glisses…looped and layered virtuosically throughout the composition, like a multi-colored shag carpet.”

“Jackie’s Song,” also from 1997, is a work for solo cello that was written as the overture to Daughtery’s opera “Jackie O.”

“Arpége,” a piece from 1986 by Italian composer Franco Donatoni, will complete the program. The work is a series of linked vignettes, each at a different tempo, featuring colorful interplay among various instrumental combinations.

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 2018-19 season are Hannah Hutchins, percussion; Ann Mozina, flutes; Pedro Ramiro, violin; Elisabeth Roberts, piano; Brianna Trainor, percussion; Cameron Tubbs, cello; and Austin Wright, clarinets. Post-doctoral fellow Yoshiaki Onishi is the Ensemble’s assistant conductor.

Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth
to perform Tuesday, October 23 at Missouri Theatre

The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is coming to Columbia to perform at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23 at the Missouri Theatre.

Tickets are $23 and $28, and are on sale now via Ticketmaster and at the Missouri Theatre box office.

While they’re in town, members of Roomful of Teeth will visit the University of Missouri campus to give a presentation on their music and take part in a reading session of works by student composers David Vega, Niko Schroeder, and Ethan Forte. They also will coach and rehearse with the University Singers, who will join them onstage during their Missouri Theatre concert for a performance of “Quizassa” by composer Merrill Garbus.

Founded in 2009, Roomful of Teeth (pictured) is an eight-voice ensemble that studies and incorporates singing techniques from around the world to create what they call “a new repertoire without borders.”

Their eponymous debut album was nominated in three categories in the 2014 Grammy Awards, and subsequently won the award for “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.” The album contains their recording of “Partita for 8 Voices,” a composition by group member Caroline Shaw that won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2013. Their most recent album “Render” was released in April 2015.

Roomful of Teeth has performed in concert halls and at festivals across the United States, and has commissioned new works from composers including Elena Ruehr, Christine Southworth and Evan Ziporyn, Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Missy Mazzoli, Sam Amidon, Michael Harrison, Ted Hearne, and Julia Wolfe.

Carolina Heredia wins Grand Prize in Chamber Music OC’s
inaugural International New Music Competition

Mizzou’s Carolina Heredia has won the John Corigliano Grand Prize in the first International New Music Competition sponsored by Chamber Music OC, a new music presenting and educational organization in Irvine, CA.

Heredia, who is an assistant professor of composition at Mizzou, won the prize for “Ausencias,” a thirty-minute intermedia work for string quartet, fixed media, dance, and interactive video that also can be performed in a music-only format.

The original music-only version was premiered by JACK Quartet in March 2016, and the full work was first performed in March 2017 at the Duderstadt Video Studio at the University of Michigan.

Heredia (pictured) also won the competition’s “Wonder Woman” prize for her composition, which was one of 369 works submitted from 32 different countries. “Ausencias” will be featured in an upcoming Chamber Music OC performace, with details to be announced.

In addition to Heredia, there’s another prize winner who also has a Mizzou connection. Selim Göncü, who was a resident composer at the 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival, won the competition’s California Love Prize for his work “dimINNUENDO.”