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Composers Festival spotlight: Clare Glackin

Resident composer Clare Glackin comes to the 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival from the West Coast via Houston, Texas, where she recently graduated with an MM degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

A native of Mount Vernon, Washington, Glackin (pictured) previously earned a BM from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she was named a Discovery Scholar and Outstanding Graduate of the composition program.

Her primary teachers have been Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, Pierre Jalbert and Richard Lavenda. She also attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in the summer of 2016, where she studied with Chris Theofanidis.

Glackin writes instrumental and vocal concert works, seeking “to craft music that is engaging, unique, and fulfilling for both performers and audiences.” Her music has been performed by the Culver City Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, and others.

Her composition “Sammy Saguaro” will be included on the upcoming CD 16×16: The Rice Encores Project, which compiles sixteen new short works for violin and piano written by composition students at Shepherd School of Music.

Also an oboist, Glackin has been a member of the USC Concert Orchestra (receiving the USC Concert Orchestra Award in 2015), and Rice University’s Campanile Orchestra, and has played in various premieres of student compositions in performances at USC, Brevard Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, and more. When not composing, she also enjoys running, biking, kayaking, and baking desserts.

You can find out more about Clare Glackin by listening to the interview she did earlier this summer for KMUC’s “Mizzou Music” program, and you can hear some examples of her music on her SoundCloud page and in the embedded players below.

“Concertino for Oboe and Orchestra” (2014), performed on October 23, 2014 at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus in Los Angeles by Rachel Van Amburgh, oboe, and the USC Thornton Symphony, conducted by Donald Crockett.

“Sonata for Violin and Piano” (2015)

“Poetic Study” (2015)

Composers Festival spotlight: Aaron Parker

Aaron Parker is another of the resident composers helping to put the “international” in this year’s Mizzou International Composers Festival, coming to Columbia all the way from England.

Parker currently is working toward a masters in experimental music at Brunel University in London, and, reflecting his continuing interest in teaching as well as composition, also serves as assistant director of music at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire.

A native of Manchester, Parker (pictured) previously completed a BMus in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying with Gary Carpenter and Larry Goves.

He writes what he calls “loosely-defined instrumental and electronic music informed by a love of landscape, film (Jonas Mekas, Rose Lowder, Peter Bo Rappmund, Joshua Bonnetta), visual art (Anselm Keifer, Gerhard Richter, Ai Weiwei), and sound (Eliane Radigue, Rashad Becker, John Cage, Giuseppe Ielasi, Chris Watson, György Kurtág, Radiohead, and many others).”

In addition to “atholhu,” the new piece he composed for Alarm Will Sound to perform at the 2017 MICF, Parker’s recent projects include a workshop and performance of “biakoulem” by Kokoro, the new music ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; a new piece for toy piano and live electronics for Xenia Pestova; a performance of large-scale ensemble and electronics work “Warehouse” as part of the 21C Music Festival at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto; and collaborations with Manchester-based multi-instrumentalist David Bainbridge and with vocalist Kathryn West.

Other recent commissions have come from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the new music ensemble Psappha, and the ddmmyy series.

Parker released a solo album, Storage, in 2016 on the SLIP imprint, which was featured on, and also has had works recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra (through their Panufnik Composers program) and on Architectures, a 2016 compilation of new music on the RMN Classical label. Performances of his compositions have taken place across the UK and Europe, and have been broadcast on BBC TV and radio.

You can listen to Parker talk about his music in the interview he did earlier a few weeks ago for KMUC’s “Mizzou Music” program, and hear samples of his work on his SoundCloud page and via the embedded players below.

“Now (no more)” (2013), performed by Jenny Dyson (alto flute), Graham Proctor (percussion), Elinor Nicholson (harp), Oliver Farrant (cello), and Aaron Parker (electronics) .

“51° 12’ N / 0° 55’ W – 080115,” a world premiere performance recorded on February 24, 2015 at Hallé St. Peter’s in Manchester, England, featuring Conrad Marshall (flute), Dov Goldberg (clarinet),
Benjamin Powell (piano), Tim Williams (percussion), Benedict Holland (violin) and Jennifer Langridge (cello).

“serisu” (2016), performed by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Gourlay

Composers Festival spotlight: Carolina Heredia

Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Carolina Heredia is the first resident composer originally from South America to take part in the Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Heredia (pictured) has just completed her doctorate in musical arts at the University of Michigan, studying with Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, and Erik Santos.

(Interestingly, while being the first from South America, she’s also the latest in a series of Michigan grads to serve as MICF resident composers, including Patrick Harlin (2012), Elizabeth Kelly (2013), Greg Simon (2013), Michael Schachter (2014), Ian Dicke (2014), Takuma Itoh (2016), and Matthew Browne (2016).)

Once the 2017 MICF is over, Heredia will be sticking around Columbia for a while, as last month she was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship by the Mizzou New Music Initiative. Starting with the Fall 2017 semester, Heredia will teach private composition lessons to Mizzou students; assist with various MNMI programs; and work on interdisciplinary collaborative projects, initiating and supervising student efforts and also completing a major research project herself.

While at Michigan, she taught electronic music as a graduate student instructor and founded the Khemia Ensemble, a contemporary music group dedicated to creating innovative concert experiences involving interactive technology.

Previously, Heredia earned her bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Universidad Nacional de Villa María, and a bachelor’s degree in violin from the Conservatorio Superior Félix Garzón, both in Argentina; and a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Michigan.

Her compositions have been commissioned and performed in the United States and South America by musicians and ensembles including JACK Quartet, Derek Bermel, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Duo Cortona, and the Argentinean Cordoba State String Orchestra, and featured at events such as the SONIC Festival NYC, Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowling Green New Music Festival, TIES Toronto International Electroacoustic Festival, SEAMUS, the Cordoba Composition Biennial, and more.

Heredia’s honors and fellowships include a 2015 commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University; the 2015 fellowship from the Susan and Ford Schumman Center for Composition Studies at the Aspen Music Festival; the Brehm Prize in Choral Composition (2015); the 2015 International Research Grant from the University of Michigan; the Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship (2012); the Merit Scholarship from the University of Michigan (2011); and the Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship (2011).

For more about Caroline Heredia, listen to the interview she recorded last month for KMUC’s “Mizzou Music” program. You can hear some of her music via the embedded players below and on her SoundCloud page.

“Ausencias/Ausências/Absences” (2016) For String Quartet and Electronics, made possible by a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation and performed by JACK Quartet on March 8, 2016 at the University of Michigan’s Stamps Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI.

“Virginia” (2015) for alto and SATB choir, recorded October 24, 2015 at Stamps Auditorium as performed by Rehanna Thelwell, contralto with the University of Michigan Chamber Choir, conducted by Jerry Blackstone.

“Añoranzas” (2016) for cello and electronics, performed by cellist Horacio Contreras for Khemia Ensemble’s album Voyages.

Composers Festival spotlight: Henry Breneman Stewart

The University of Missouri’s representative among the eight resident composers for this year’s Mizzou International Composers Festival is Henry Breneman Stewart, who just completed a master’s degree in composition at Mizzou.

While at Mizzou, Stewart (pictured) has composed works for the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, Columbia Civic Orchestra, University Singers and more, and served as the “composer on call” for the Mizzou New Music Initiative’s Composer Connection distance-learning program.

Most notably, he was the winner of the 2016 Sinquefield Composition Prize – the university’s top honor for a student composer – which resulted in a commission to write a new original work that was premiered at the 2016 Chancellor’s Arts Showcase.

A native of Lancaster County, PA, Stewart came to Mizzou via Goshen College in Goshen, IN, where he earned a BA in music and biochemistry, studying composition with Dr. Jorge Muñiz of Indiana University South Bend.

His interest in music began in childhood, as he grew up singing four-part harmony at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster and began playing piano at age 5, later learning saxophone, flute and accordion as well.

During his sophomore year at Goshen, Stewart and two friends started the indie-folk band Moral Circus, which released a full-length album in early 2014. In addition to the Mennonite tradition, he cites as significant influences the music of Krzysztof Penderecki, James Blake, Shostakovich, Kanye West, Samuel Barber, Johnny Greenwood, and Run the Jewels.

When the 2017 MICF is over, Stewart will be staying in Columbia to earn a second master’s degree in music theory while also applying to doctoral programs in composition.

For more about Henry Breneman Stewart, you can listen to him talk about the process of creating a commission and his work that will be premiered at the MICF in an interview recorded in June for KMUC’s weekly “Mizzou Music” program.. You can hear his music in the embedded players below and on his SoundCloud page.

“Sun Will Rise In Black,” commissioned by the Columbia Civic Orchestra with funding from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation and performed by Natalia Bolshakova, piano, and the Columbia Civic Orchestra, Stefan Freund, conductor.

“Love Your Enemy,” performed by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble

“Sonnet 73: De Profundis,” commissioned as a result of winning the 2016 Sinquefield Composition Prize, and performed by the University of Missouri University Singers, directed by R. Paul Crabb.

If you’re coming to Columbia

If you’re planning on coming to Columbia for the 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival, you can get advance tickets online for the three concerts being presented at the Missouri Theatre:

Thursday, July 27: Alarm Will Sound
Friday, July 28: Mizzou New Music
Saturday, July 29: Eight World Premieres with Alarm Will Sound

(The “Music of MICF Alumni & More” concert on Monday, July 24 at Whitmore Recital Hall is free and open to the public, with general admission seating available on a “first-come, first-served” basis.)

Also, you may find these links useful for planning and/or during your visit:

Visitors information
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Vox magazine’s guide to Columbia restaurants
Discover the District
City of Columbia official site
2016-17 Columbia Missouri Visitor and Area Guide

Columbia Tribune
Columbia Missourian
Inside Columbia magazine
Columbia area radio stations

National Weather Service forecast for Boone County, Missouri

Summer Composition Institute featured in Columbia Missourian

MNMI’s Summer Composition Institute, held last month on the Mizzou campus, was the subject of a feature story in the Columbia Missourian.

The Summer Composition Institute, often referred to as “COMP Camp” or “Summer COMP,” brings together a select group of high school composers from around the state for a week of intensive instruction, culminating in a concert featuring new works written during the week by the campers.

In the article “Young composers create music in just one week,” Missourian reporter Katherine Herrick explained what COMP Camp is all about and interviewed several campers, including Holden Franklin, a 17-year-old from Perryville.

“I always tell people that I love problem solving,” Franklin said. “There are so many different paths you can take, and if you have one idea in your brain, you get to look at all the different paths to see which one takes you to your final result…Over the years, I’ve just learned so much from this camp.”

You can read the entire article here. The Missourian also produced a short video about Summer COMP, which can be seen in the embedded player below.

Mizzou International Composers Festival adds free concert on Monday, July 24

The Mizzou International Composers Festival has added a free concert to this year’s schedule. “Music of MICF Alumni & More” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 24 at Whitmore Recital Hall in the Fine Arts building on the Mizzou campus.

The concert will feature members of the festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound performing chamber works with instrumentation ranging from mixed quintet to solos with electronics. They’ll play music by three past MICF resident composers – David Biedenbender (2011), Ian Dicke (2014) and Steven Snowden (2011) – plus a piece by AWS pianist John Orfe.

The “Music of MICF Alumni & More” concert is free and open to the public, and will serve as an audio appetizer for a week of open rehearsals, composer presentations, and more, culminating in three ticketed concerts at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

The first of those concerts will feature Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at the Missouri Theatre. They’ll perform music from the 2017 MICF’s distinguished guest composers, George Friedrich Haas and Dan Visconti, as well as works by Robert Sirota, Don Freund, and AWS violinist/guitarist Caleb Burhans.

Next, the “Mizzou New Music” concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 28 at the Missouri Theatre will feature performances by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and guest artists DRAX, with saxophonist Leo Saguiguit and percussionist Megan Arns, and cellist Eli Lara.

The grand finale of the week will showcase the world premieres of eight new works written by the festival’s resident composers and performed by Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 29 at the Missouri Theatre.

Festival VIP packages are $80, and include reserved premium seating at all three concerts; two drink tickets good at the Thursday and Friday performances; and admission to a VIP reception prior to the Saturday evening performance, featuring champagne and hors d’oeuvres with members of Alarm Will Sound and the composers.

Festival passes for all three concerts are $40 for an adult general admission pass, and $20 for a student general admission pass. Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students, and are all general admission.

Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, visit

Alarm Will Sound, Mary Kouyoumdjian receive major grant for “Paper Pianos”

Alarm Will Sound, the resident ensemble for the Mizzou International Composers Festival, and Mary Kouyoumdjian, one of the eight resident composers at last year’s MICF, have received a major grant from The MAP Fund to underwrite production next year of an evening-long version of her work “Paper Pianos.”

Kouyoumdjian (pictured), who lives in New York City, first composed a short version of “Paper Pianos” for Alarm Will Sound to perform at the 2016 MICF. She then used the recording from the festival as part of her successful proposal for a grant to fund the expanded version.

The full concert version of the work will “explore the refugee experience through the life of pianist Milad Yousufi, who was forced to flee Afghanistan to avoid persecution. Incorporating recorded dialogue from interviews with Mr. Yousufi, as well as photographic and animated images, ‘Paper Pianos’ will dramatize the emotional plight of displacement and resettlement experienced by refugees throughout the world.”

The MAP Fund grant of $38,346 includes $31,450 to support the production of “Paper Pianos” and $6,896 in general operating support for Alarm Will Sound.

Based in New York City, The MAP Fund was established in 1988 to support innovation and cross-cultural exploration in new works of live performance. MAP awards $1 million annually to up to 40 projects in the range of $10,000 – $45,000 per grant to artists and organizations across the US. Since 1989, the program has disbursed more than $27 million to fund more than 1000 projects in playwriting, choreography, music composition, and ensemble, site-specific, and community-based performance.

You can hear the recording of the MICF version of “Paper Pianos” in the embedded player below.