Archive for December, 2018

Mizzou composers Libby Roberts, Niko Schroeder
featured in Columbia Daily Tribune

From left: Roberts, Schroeder

Mizzou composers Libby Roberts and Niko Schroeder both were featured recently in stories published by the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Roberts, a second-year masters student in composition who also serves as the pianist for the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, was the subject of a story by features editor Aarik Danielsen under the headline “Whole notes: MU student unites mind, body and soul in musical pursuits.”

She is one of three Mizzou composers taking part in this year’s program of readings by musicians of the St. Louis Symphony and resident conductor Gemma New, and will have the work she composed for the Symphony read for the second time in a public event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Powell Hall in St. Louis.

Schroeder, who’s in his first year working toward a masters in composition, was profiled by the Tribune‘s Elena K. Cruz in a story headlined “Art and craft: Sinquefield Prize winner combines history with theory and simplicity.”

As the winner of this year’s Sinquefield Composition Prize, Mizzou’s highest honor for a student composers, Schroeder is writing a new, original work for the University Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Barry Ford, which will premiere it as part of the Chancellor’s Arts Showcase on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia.

Producer for Mizzou faculty members earns Grammy nomination

One of the nominees this year in the Grammy Awards’ “Classical Producer of the Year” category has a Mizzou connection.

Veteran producer Judith Sherman, a 12-time Grammy Award nominee and winner of the award for Classical Producer of the Year for 1993, 2007 and 2011, is nominated again for her work in 2018, including the Albany Records release New Music for Violin and Piano by violinist Julie Rosenfeld and pianist Peter Miyamoto.

Miyamoto is a professor of piano and Rosenfeld an assistant professor of violin at Mizzou, and one of the eight new works included on the album (pictured) is “Life (Still) Goes On,” written by Stefan Freund, professor of composition and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Released on April 1, 2018, New Music for Violin and Piano has earned positive reviews from critics, with American Record Guide calling Rosenfeld’s performances “earnest and lovely, wholly embodying the spirit of each work,” and praising Miyamoto’s playing as “sensitive and balanced, with silkiness and aggression in all the right places.”

As for the verdict of Grammy Award voters, that will be revealed at the 61st annual awards ceremony, which is scheduled for February 10, 2019 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in part on CBS.