Archive for September, 2011

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to feature works from Missouri composers in concert on Monday, October 10 at Whitmore Recital Hall

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble (pictured) will open its 2011-12 season with a concert at 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 10 at Whitmore Recital Hall, 135 Fine Arts Building on the University of Missouri campus. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature a program written entirely by Missouri composers and including three world premiere performances, said Stefan Freund, who directs the Ensemble.

“Drumming,” composed in 2011 by Mizzou senior Joe Widinger, is “filled with rhythmic energy as figures are passed amongst members of the ensemble,” said Freund, while Mizzou graduate student Grant Fonda’s “Amelia: 1937” (2011) is an orchestrated homage to legendary aviator Amelia Earhart.

Donovan Tousignant, another MU undergrad, is the composer of “Sleeper: Dreamer pt. 2” (2011), which Freund said “includes a wide range of expression from intimate solos to majestically broad climaxes.” To complete the program, Patrick David Clark, a Mizzou graduate student and winner of last year’s Sinquefield Composition Prize, will conduct a performance of his 1995 work “Rhyming Shapes.”

The six-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Freund, a cellist, composer and associate professor, and serves as the repertory group for the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an array of programs intended to position the University of Missouri School of Music as a leading center in the areas of composition and new music.

The Ensemble’s members for the 2011-12 season are Stephanie Berg, clarinet; Ryan Borden, percussion; Young Kim, flute; Matthew Pierce, cello; David Snow, violin; and Renata Tavernard, piano. As the repertory group for the Initiative, they work with faculty, students and visiting composers, and give public performances on campus and in the community.

After the season opener, the Ensemble will present three more concerts this academic year at Whitmore Recital Hall, on Monday, December 5; Sunday, March 4, and Monday, April 16.

2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival to be held July 23 – 28

The Mizzou New Music Initiative will present the third annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival from Monday, July 23, 2012 through Sunday, July 28 on the campus of the University of Missouri.

The 2012 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 2012 will be Steven Stucky (pictured), winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for composition and professor at Cornell University; and Donnacha Dennehy, a native of Dublin who is one of the leading contemporary composers in Ireland. The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble.

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 Stucky and Dennehy; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work.

The application process for resident composers began September 1, 2011, and the deadline for submitting an application is November 1, 2011. For more information on applying to become a resident composer for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, please visit

A complete schedule of events, times, dates and venues for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will be made available at a later date. For more information, please visit

New Music Initiative benefactors featured in Philanthropy magazine

Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, whose generous donations established and continue to fund the Mizzou New Music Initiative, were featured in the July issue of Philanthropy magazine as part of a symposium of America’s leading arts donors. The Sinquefields and the other philanthropists interviewed responded to three different questions about funding the arts.

You can see their responses here (scroll down each page to find the Sinquefields):

Tell Me About A Really Smart Grant to the Arts

What Is Your Favorite Hidden Gem in Arts and Culture?

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know about Giving to the Arts