Archive for August, 2018

MADSM Collegiate Composer Competition
entry deadline extended to Friday, October 19

The entry deadline for the 2018 MADSM Collegiate Composer Competition has been extended to Friday, October 19.

“Since this a new competition this year, and the fall semester has just begun, we wanted MADSM member institutions to have more time to get the word out, and their students to have more time to respond,” said Jacob Gotlib, managing director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI).

MNMI is co-sponsoring the competition with the Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music (MADSM) to encourage the creation of original chamber music that can be played by high-school level musicians.

The MADSM Collegiate Composer Competition is open to all students currently enrolled in any MADSM member institution, with separate categories for undergraduate and graduate students. Composers are asked to write a new work from five to seven minutes in length for a group of three to five musicians, consisting of some combination of flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello, and percussion.

The new deadline for scores and recordings to be submitted online is Friday, October 19, and winners will be announced on Monday, November 12.

Winning composers will be invited to the University of Missouri, where their pieces will be workshopped and recorded by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble. The Ensemble will premiere this year’s winning works in January 2019 at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference in Osage Beach, with the goal of encouraging future performances on concert programs around the state.

For more information or to submit an entry, go to https://music.missouri.edu/mnmi/madsm-composition-contest.

The Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music (MADSM) includes all institutions in the state of Missouri that offer post-secondary music study. MADSM offers a regular forum for leaders from these institutions to discuss issues pertaining to music study; to provide mutual support for each other; and to advocate for music education at the collegiate level, presenting a strong and unified voice for music education in Missouri.

Arrangement by Mizzou’s Stefan Freund featured on
new album by Medeski Martin & Wood with Alarm Will Sound

An arrangement by Mizzou’s Stefan Freund is featured on Omnisphere, the new album by Medeski Martin & Wood with Alarm Will Sound.

Freund is a professor of composition and the artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, as well as the cellist and a co-founder of Alarm Will Sound.

Recorded live in February 2015 at The Newman Center in Denver, Colorado, Omnisphere represents the first collaboration between “one of the most adventurous groups to emerge in jazz and improvised music in the last three decades” and “an orchestra that counts among the boldest forces in contemporary classical.”

The album features original music by members of both groups, as well as new arrangements by AWS members of two compositions from MMW’s 2004 release End of the World Party (Just in Case).

Freund’s arrangement of that album’s title track “End of the World Party” re-imagines the original’s mostly electronic accompaniment and production by the Dust Brothers’ John King as an orchestral score realized by Alarm Will Sound. The track has been released as the first single from Omnisphere, and was premiered online last week by DownBeat magazine.

Omnisphere will be released on Friday, September 14 on MMW’s Indirecto Records label as a limited-edition set of two vinyl LPs and in digital formats.

Construction progressing on Mizzou’s new School of Music building

After a ground-breaking ceremony in April, construction of the School of Music’s new building has been progressing throughout the spring and summer. For an overview of what’s happened so far, check out the embedded video in this post.

The new building will bring together in one place offices and classrooms that currently are spread across six different locations on the Mizzou campus, and is scheduled to open in time for the Fall 2019 semester. The project is being funded by donations including a $10 million lead gift from Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Work will be ongoing for the next year, and you can see regular updates from the site via the “construction cam” accessible from the School of Music’s website.

MICF alumni win commissions from Barlow Endowment, Chamber Music America

Clockwise from top left: Cuong, Peck, Stark, McLosky

As this year’s Mizzou International Composers Festival was ending, news broke that several MICF alumni have won commissions in annual competitions sponsored by the Barlow Endowment and by Chamber Music America.

This year’s winners of general commissions from the Barlow Endowment include past MICF resident composers Viet Cuong (MICF 2018), Charles Peck (MICF 2017), and Christopher Stark (MICF 2015). In addition, Lansing McLoskey, who visited the Mizzou campus as a guest composer in 2015, also won a Barlow commission for 2018.

The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition was established in 1983 at Brigham Young University, and makes annual awards in support of the Barlow Prize, general commissions, commissions for composers from the Church of Latter Day Saints, and education grants.

From left: Takuma Itoh, Amy Beth Kirsten

Meanwhile, Chamber Music America this week announced the 2018 awards from its major grant programs, including the classical commissioning program, which for 2018 will include grants to former MICF resident composers Takuma Itoh (MICF 2016) and Amy Beth Kirsten (MICF 2010).

CMA’s classical commissioning program provides grants to professional U.S.-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music.

Congratulations to all!