Archive for November, 2010

Roger Reynolds among composers celebrated at ONCE.MORE.

Roger Reynolds, who will be one of the guest composers for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, recently returned to Ann Arbor, MI to celebrate the legacy of the ONCE Festival and the associated group of new music composers he helped to found during the 1960s.

The event ONCE. MORE. was an interdisciplinary celebration that featured performances of more than three hours of music from founding composers Reynolds, Robert Ashley, Gordon Mumma, Donald Scavarda and the late George Cacioppo. You can read a review of the event from the local paper here, and there’s more coverage from Sequenza 21 here.

Patrick David Clark wins 2011 Sinquefield Composition Prize

The University of Missouri School of Music is pleased to announce that Patrick David Clark (pictured) is the winner of the 2011 Sinquefield Composition Prize. Clark, a graduate student studying orchestral conducting, submitted his orchestral composition “Glancing Blade” to the competition and was selected for the prize by a panel of independent judges.

The adjudicators for the 2011 competition were Mara Gibson, director of the Community Music and Dance Academy in Kansas City and a member of the composition faculty at the UMKC Conservatory of Music; Eric Honour, professor of music at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg; and Forrest Pierce, assistant professor of music composition at the University of Kansas.

As winner of the 2011 Sinquefield Composition Prize, Clark now will have the opportunity to write an original work for one of Mizzou’s premier large ensembles, which will receive its world premiere on Monday, March 14, 2011 at the Chancellor’s Concert in Columbia. With the commission, he also receives a cash prize for the production of the score and parts and will have his work recorded.

Born in 1967, Patrick David Clark currently is currently working on a Masters degree in orchestral conducting at Mizzou, where he is studying with Edward Dolbashian. He also holds a Bachelors degree in composition from MU, which he earned studying with Dr. Thomas McKenney. Clark earned a DMA in composition from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, studying with Arthur Gottschalk and Richard Lavenda. He became a Tanglewood Fellow in 1998, and from 1999 to 2001 studied with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague on a Netherlands-America Foundation Grant. Clark also has worked as a composer; as a writer for; and as a teacher in the Netherlands, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, NM.

The other finalists for the 2011 Sinquefield Composition Prize were Michael Anderson, Grant Fonda, and David Witter. Please join us in congratulating all four composers on this notable achievement!

2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival to be held July 9 – 17

The Mizzou New Music Initiative will present the second annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival from Saturday, July 9, 2011 through Sunday, July 17 on the campus of the University of Missouri.

The 2011 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 2011 will be Roger Reynolds (pictured), winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for composition and professor at the University of California at San Diego, and Anna Clyne, a native of London who currently serves as the Mead Composer in Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble, as they did for the inaugural Festival in 2010.

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 Reynolds and Clyne; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work. Composers selected as resident participants also will have the opportunity to return to Missouri for a residency at the Sinquefield Reserve sometime during the following academic year.

Last year, more than 120 composers, representing countries including the People’s Republic of China, France, Spain, Turkey, Korea, Mexico and the United States, submitted composition portfolios to participate in the festival. This year’s application process for resident composers begins November 1, 2010, and the deadline for submitting an application is February 1, 2011. For more information on applying to become a resident composer for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, please visit

A complete listing of events, times, dates and venues for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will be made available at a later date. For more information, please visit

The Mizzou New Music Summer Festival and other programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative are made possible through the generous support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. The City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs and the Missouri Arts Council also have provided financial assistance for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival.

Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.) offers
recognition, prizes for student composers in Missouri

Is the next George Gershwin, Duke Ellington or John Williams in a school in St. Joseph, a practice room in Poplar Bluff, a rehearsal hall in Rolla, or somewhere else in the Show-Me State? If so, the Mizzou New Music Initiative’s Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P) wants to find that young composer.

Sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Music; the Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum; and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, C.O.M.P. is an annual statewide competition that recognizes Missouri students in grades K-12 who compose original works in a variety of musical styles.

Now in its sixth year, C.O.M.P. mailed information last month to music teachers across the state inviting students to participate in the 2010 competition. The winning composers and their schools will be awarded cash prizes, and the winning compositions will be performed at the Creating Original Music Project’s New Music Festival on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Students in grades K-5 may submit compositions in the categories of Vocal Music or Instrumental Music. For grades 6-8, the categories are Fine Art Music or Popular Music; and for grades 9-12, they are Fine Art Music, Popular Music, Jazz, Folk Music, Sacred Music, or other styles. All entries must be original music written by the student, and only one entry per student is allowed. Arrangements of previously composed pieces or improvisation based on composed pieces will not be accepted.

Mentors and teachers are encouraged to offer support and critiques, though the submissions must be the students’ own original compositions. Music teachers and/or mentors may assist students in notating or recording the pieces, and each student who applies must have the signature and sponsorship of their school’s music teacher. Only three submissions per category per school are allowed. It is the responsibility of the school music teacher(s) to decide which three pieces per category will be entered in the contest. The postmark deadline for submission of all compositions is January 3, 2011.

For more information about the Creating Original Music Program and an application for the 2010 competition, please visit the C.O.M.P website at

For students looking for additional guidance or feedback on their work, the Mizzou New Music Initiative also offers Composer Connection, a distance-learning program that gives aspiring composers a chance to talk with and receive instruction from a graduate student in composition at MU. Students can e-mail works in progress and ask questions about composing, and receive suggestions and answers directly from the composer on call. The composer on call for the 2010-11 academic year is Michael Strausbaugh, who can be reached by email at

Video: The trailer for Genius Among Us, a 2009 documentary film about C.O.M.P. by Randy Sinquefield.

We’re back!

After a brief hiatus, this blog is back to active status – and from here on forward, we’ll be bringing you news of all the various programs, people and activities of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, as well as latest on the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival.

Look for regular posts to resume starting….now!