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Mizzou New Music Initiative featured in St. Louis magazine

The May 2013 issue of St. Louis magazine includes a feature article by culture editor Stefene Russell about the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Russell’s piece offers a comprehensive look at MNMI, from the origins of the Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.) eight years ago, right up until the present day.

The print edition of the magazine is on sale now, or you can read the article online here.

Missouri Couple Gives $1.4 Million to Continue New Music Initiative

Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield at the Chancellor's Concert on Monday, March 11, announcing a $1.4 million gift to the MU School of Music

The University of Missouri has announced that a generous gift from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation will support programs and scholarships directed toward promoting the creation of new music

Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield of Westphalia, MO have given the University $1.4 million to continue and expand the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) and the Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P) at MU. The gift announcement was made at the annual MU Chancellor’s Concert Monday evening.

The Sinquefields’ support for composition at Mizzou began more than eight years ago with C.O.M.P., the Sinquefield Prize for composition and a high school summer camp. In 2009, they gave $1 million to MU to expand university scholarships, ensembles, faculty support, and create an international composer festival. To continue the work, the Sinquefields are giving a new gift of $1.4 million over the next three years.

“I have been overwhelmed by the success of the MNMI,” Jeanne Sinquefield said. “Since the program began, more than 300 new pieces of music have been written, performed and recorded – some more successful than others, but all providing valuable learning experiences for their composers. And when a composer succeeds, there is nothing better than listening to a beautiful piece of music that you have encouraged to be written.”

“The Sinquefields’ generous gift allows us to provide diverse opportunities to composers across various stages of their careers,” William Lackey, managing director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, said. “The Mizzou New Music Initiative has played a pivotal role in the lives of many composers, and this gift not only supports Missouri composers but composers around the world. During the past four years, it has been an honor to witness the impact of the Initiative, and I look forward to working with Thomas McKenney and Stefan Freund, co-artistic directors of the Initiative, to build upon our current programs funded through this renewed gift.”

“At MU, we are dedicated to promoting and proliferation of the arts,” said MU Chancellor Brady Deaton. “The Sinquefields’ gifts and vision have helped position the university as a leader in the education and creation of new music and we are ever grateful for their generosity.”

Beyond supporting the MNMI and the Creating Original Music Project, the Sinquefields’ gift will support graduate assistantships, undergraduate full-tuition scholarships, and the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival, as well as provide support for faculty and staff positions and for various special projects including visiting composers, visiting performers, recording projects, and commissions of new works.

“Through their inspiring support, passion, and vision, the Sinquefields have established MU as a destination for composers of all ages,” said Robert Shay, director of the MU School of Music. “The programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Creating Original Music Project are the direct result of their past generosity. This new gift will allow the School of Music to take its programs to next level, nationally and internationally.”

“Rarely do you see such a long-term commitment to a project like the Sinquefields have shown with their commitment to promoting the creation of new music,” said Michael O’Brien, dean of the MU College of Arts and Science. “Their gifts to MU have given the School of Music a tremendous advantage in attracting top notch students and faculty. Students now know MU is the place to be if they want to study music composition.”

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 season
to include works from Mizzou New Music Initiative composers

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra music director David Robertson, Stephanie Berg and Jeanne Sinquefield

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that it will perform new works by two young composers associated with the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) as part of its 2013-14 season. The announcement came during a “town hall” event at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis as the orchestra unveiled its entire season schedule for next year.

The SLSO will play Stephanie Berg’s Ravish and Mayhem as part of a concert program scheduled for Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Powell Hall. The performances will be the first times that a work composed under the auspices of MNMI will be played by a major American symphony orchestra.

Berg, a native of Parkville, MO, earned her master’s degree in composition last year at the University of Missouri and now lives in Columbia. Chosen in 2012 as one of the resident composers for what now is known as the Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF), she wrote Ravish and Mayhem, which then was premiered last July during the festival by the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. The piece subsequently has been re-arranged and expanded into a score for a full symphony orchestra, which will be played for the first time in March 2013 by the Columbia Civic Orchestra.

The SLSO also will perform Patrick Harlin’s Rapture during its concerts on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, 2013. Harlin also was one of the eight resident composers at last summer’s MICF, and currently is studying for a doctorate in composition at the University of Michigan. Both his work and Berg’s were selected from among a list of four compositions chosen by 2012 MICF faculty members Steven Stucky, Donnacha Dennehy, W. Thomas McKenney and Stefan Freund for submission to the SLSO’s artistic staff.

As a graduate teaching assistant on full scholarship, a member of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, and past winner of the annual Sinquefield Composition Prize, “Stephanie has benefited from being a part of many programs established by the Mizzou New Music Initiative,” said Stefan Freund, associate professor of music at Mizzou and co-director of the Initiative. “The selection of Ravish and Mayhem for performance by the St. Louis Symphony demonstrates the broad impact the MNMI is having by providing young composers with amazing opportunities, including those on the very highest levels.”

“Our goal always has been to provide opportunities for composers at all stages of their development, from grade school to grad school and then on into their professional lives,” said Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, which funds the Mizzou New Music Initiative. “When outstanding young composers like Stephanie and Patrick are able to have their works played by a top orchestra like the St. Louis Symphony, it shows that we’re well on the way to reaching that goal.”

You can hear a recording of Stephanie Berg’s Ravish and Mayhem at https://soundcloud.com/stephanie-berg, and a recording of Patrick Harlin’s Rapture at http://www.patrickharlin.com/#!music.

For information on purchasing tickets for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and a complete season schedule for 2013-14, visit the SLSO’s website at http://www.stlsymphony.org/.

Mizzou New Music Initiative featured in Symphony magazine

The Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation are prominently mentioned in the cover story of the Winter 2013 issue of Symphony magazine.

The article by Frank Oteri is about programs that support emerging composers, and the opening spread also features a nice photo of Alarm Will Sound’s Alan Pierson and composer Yotam Haber taken during the Mizzou International Composers Festival in Columbia. You can read the article online here.

Mizzou International Composers Festival announces resident composers for 2013

Columbia, MO – After considering the largest number of applicants yet in the event’s four-year history, the University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative today announced the eight resident composers selected for next year’s Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Formerly known as the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) will take place Monday, July 22 through Saturday, July 27 in Columbia. The resident composers were chosen through a portfolio application process that this year attracted 158 entries from across the USA and around the world, a new record for the event. Listed with their current places of residence, the selected composers are:

* Jason Thorpe Buchanan – Rochester, NY
* Ryan Chase – Bloomington, IN
* Andrew Davis – Austin, TX
* Eric Guinivan – Los Angeles, CA
* Elizabeth Kelly – Rochester, NY
* Wei-Chieh Lin – New York, NY
* Greg Simon – Ann Arbor, MI
* David Witter – Columbia, MO

As another indicator of its growing prestige and recognition both here and abroad, the 2013 MICF also attracted an event-record number of applications from outside the United States, including Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Greece, Israel, Italy, Republic of Korea, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Three of the eight composers selected have significant international ties. Wei-Chieh Lin was born in Taiwan; Elizabeth Kelly studied at the The Hague Royal Conservatory in The Netherlands; and Jason Thorpe Buchanan spent 2010-2011 living in Hamburg, Germany as a visiting scholar with a Fulbright Fellowship at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater.

The University of Missouri is represented by David Witter, who recently earned a master’s degree in composition from Mizzou and is the winner of the 2013 Sinquefield Composition Prize.

The 2013 Mizzou International Composers 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 2013 will be Augusta Read Thomas , University Professor of composition at the University of Chicago and past composer-in-residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and Daniel Kellogg , an assistant professor of composition at the University of Colorado who has been called “one of the most exciting composers around” by the Washington Post.

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 Thomas and Kellogg; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; give public 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 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

Jason Thorpe Buchanan

Ryan Chase

Andrew Davis

Eric Guinivan

Elizabeth Kelly

Wei-Chieh Lin

Greg Simon

David Witter

Mizzou International Composers Festival extends application deadline

This just in: Due to the anticipated effects of Hurricane Sandy, the deadline for applications to be a resident composer at the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival has been extended to Wednesday, November 7.

For details on the Festival and how to apply, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/application.html

Augusta Read Thomas, Daniel Kellogg named as guest composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival

Continuing its emerging tradition of pairing an acknowledged master and a rising star, the Mizzou New Music Initiative has named Augusta Read Thomas and Daniel Kellogg as guest composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF).

Formerly known as the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, the MICF will be held from Monday, July 22, 2013 through Saturday, July 27 on the campus of the University of Missouri. As in the past, the 2013 Festival will feature a series of public concerts featuring music from contemporary composers, as well as workshops, master classes and other events. The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble.

Thomas currently is professor of composition at the University of Chicago. She formerly taught at Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, and served as composer-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2006. Thomas was called “one of the most recognizable and widely loved figures in American music” on the occasion of her induction in 2009 into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has had her music performed by major orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the world, and is the recipient of numerous awards, honors and prizes for her compositions.

Kellogg is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and earned masters and doctoral degrees from the Yale School of Music. He currently works as assistant professor of composition at the University of Colorado. Kellogg has been called “one of the most exciting composers around – technically assured, fascinated by unusual sonic textures, unfailingly easy to listen to, yet far from simplistic,” by the Washington Post.

With the 2013 guest composers confirmed, eight resident composers now will be selected for the Festival through a portfolio application process to create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. During the Festival, they’ll get composition lessons from Thomas and Kellogg; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work.

The deadline for submitting an application is November 1, 2012. For more information on applying to become a resident composer for the Mizzou International Composers Festival, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/application.html.

A complete schedule of events, times, dates and venues for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be made available at a later date. For more information, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.