Archive for July, 2017

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
Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau
University of Missouri Visitors Guide
Columbia Regional Airport
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.