Archive for December, 2015

2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival
gets applications from 18 countries

The numbers have been tallied, and the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) has received submissions from a total of 229 individuals hoping to be among the fest’s eight resident composers, including 129 who applied for the first time.

The 2016 MICF will take place from Monday, July 25 through Saturday, July 30 in Columbia.

Resident composer submissions were received from a total of 18 different countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Each resident composer will write a new work for the festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound, which will be premiered during the grand finale concert on Saturday, July 30 at the Missouri Theatre.

Resident composers also will get composition lessons from distinguished guest composers Oscar Bettison and Erin Gee and from Mizzou faculty members, and each composer also will receive a copy of a professional live recording of his or her work.

The eight resident composers selected for the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be announced in January.

Colagiovanni wins West Central Division of MTNA composition competition

Mizzou’s Ben Colagiovanni has advanced to the next level in this year’s Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) composition competition, winning the “Young Artist” award in the West Central Division.

Colagiovanni, a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music composition, previously was recognized as a state winner for “Forest Park Rhapsody.” Now, as a division winner, his work automatically advances to the national competition, the results of which will be announced by the end of January.

The national MTNA composition competition offers a first place prize of $3,000, plus a performance at the Winners Concert during the 2016 MTNA National Conference, which will take place April 2 through April 6 in San Antonio, TX.

“Forest Park Rhapsody” was one of four works originally commissioned in 2014 by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation for the Mizzou New Music Ensemble to perform at an event for members of Forest Park Forever’s Leffingwell Society.

A native of St. Louis and graduate of Clayton High School, Colagiovanni (pictured) was a two-time winner in Mizzou’s statewide Creating Original Music Project (COMP) before enrolling at MU with a full-tuition Sinquefield Scholarship to study composition.