The Mizzou New Music Initiative is a diverse array of programs launched by the University of Missouri’s School of Music intended to position the school as a leading center for the composition and performance of new music. The initiative is a direct result of a $1 million donation by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, led by Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield. Their vision is to create an incubator for the composition and performance of new music, and to showcase Missouri as a center for the music of tomorrow.

The first annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival was held July 12-18, 2010 on the campus of the University of Missouri. The second annual festival is scheduled for July 9-17, 2011.

Composers from around the world are selected through a portfolio application process to compose a work to be performed by the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble, Alarm Will Sound.

The selected resident composers receive private composition lessons from the Festival’s guest composers; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work. Composers selected as resident participants also have the opportunity to return to Missouri for a residency at the Sinquefield Reserve sometime during the following academic year.

In addition to the Festival , the Mizzou New Music Initiative includes undergraduate composition scholarships, New Music Ensemble graduate assistantships, the Sinquefield Composition Prize, the Creating Original Music Project, and Composer Connection, a distance-learning program that lets composers connect with and receive instruction from a graduate student in composition at MU.

To learn more about the Mizzou New Music Initiative, please visit the MNMI home page on the School of Music’s site. For more about the Sinquefields’ support for the MU School of Music, click here.

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