For composers of orchestral or choral music, completing a new work often is followed immediately by another formidable challenge: finding an orchestra or choir to perform it.
Recognizing this need, the Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) in 2017 once again is offering performance opportunities for new, large-ensemble music written by Missouri residents. (Founded in 2012 as the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, MOCOP has been renamed for its sixth year to reflect the inclusion of choral music as well as orchestral works.)
Each year, recently composed works are selected through a competitive, blind judging process and are performed by the CCO and Chamber Choir at a concert in Columbia. Each of the composers of the selected works also is awarded a $500 honorarium, and will receive a professional recording of their work.
Columbia Chamber Choir
MOCOP’s 2017 competition is open to composers of orchestral and choral music in four categories – two for Missouri composers currently in high school, and two open to Missouri composers of any age. The CCO and the Columbia Chamber Choir will perform the selected works in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 West Broadway in Columbia.
Composers who wish to submit their work to MOCOP can find details on eligibility and instrumentation plus complete application materials online at https://music.missouri.edu/mnmi/mocop.
Applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 5, 2016.
The Columbia Civic Orchestra is a volunteer group located in Columbia, Missouri, dedicated to providing enjoyment for its members and audiences with the presentation and preservation of high-quality symphonic music.
The Columbia Chamber Choir in a subset of the Columbia Chorale, which works to promote choral music of the highest artistic quality and to stimulate a greater community understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of choral music by presenting programs appealing to a wide cross-section of Missouri residents and visitors.
The Mizzou New Music Initiative’s new managing director Jacob Gotlib(pictured) recently was profiled in the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Gotlib, who earned his Ph.D in composition in 2015 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and also holds a master’s degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a B.M. in music technology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, began work at Mizzou in August.
You can read the article, written by the Tribune‘s Aarik Danielsen, here.
Once again this year, the Mizzou New Music Initiative also promoted the festival with a TV spot, which ran both online and on broadcast TV in mid-Missouri. You can see the spot in the embedded window below.
Bettison won the the very first BBC Young Composer of the Year Prize in 1993, and has gone on to earn numerous other awards and honors including a Chamber Music America Commissioning Award in 2013; the Yvar Mikhashoff Commissioning Fund Prize in 2009; and more, as well as fellowships to both the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals.
His music has been featured on several recordings, including in 2010 a full-length album, “O Death,” featuring the evening-long work of that name performed by Ensemble Klang; and “B&E (with aggravated assault)”, performed by NEWSPEAK on New Amsterdam Records.
You can hear samples of Bettison’s music on his SoundCloud page. In the embedded media players below, you can see a brief video profile of Bettison, produced by the Peabody Conservatory, and
a video interview in which he talks about “Livre des Sauvages,” plus performances of two of Bettison’s works.
Oscar Bettison talks about life as a composer and finding inspiration through teaching. See him give lessons to students at the Peabody Conservatory and listen in as he rehearses his piece “Apart,” written for So Percussion.
Oscar Bettison talks about his chamber concerto, Livre des Sauvages.
The East Coast premiere of Bettison’s “An Inventory of Remnants,”
performed by Choo Choo Hu (piano, percussion) during the New Music Gathering 2016, at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD.
“Vamp (movement 2)”, performed by Ensemble Offspring, with Lamorna Nightingale (piccolo), Claire Edwardes (percussion), and Jason Noble (clarinet), on March 18, 2014 at Riverside Theatre in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Rosenfeld (pictured, top left) joined the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Music in the fall of 2014 as assistant professor, violin and a member of the Esterhazy Quartet. Previously, from 2009 until 2013 she was assistant professor of violin in-residence at the University of Connecticut, and from 2001 to 2009 she was a visiting professor of music at Bard College.
She also has taught violin and chamber music at the European Mozart Academy in Poland, and has served on juries for the Astral Foundation, the Juilliard School, the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, the Banff International String Quartet Competition, and others.
As a performer, she has appeared at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Newport and La Jolla Chamber Music Festivals and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has recorded for labels including Parnassus Records, Albany Records, and BMG Classics, for which she performed on two CDs of French chamber music with André Previn.
As the first violinist of the award-winning Colorado Quartet for 32 years, Rosenfeld played more than 1200 concerts throughout the United States and Canada and in more than 20 other countries.
Widely praised for their recordings of both standard and contemporary repertoire, the quartet performed and promoted the work of living composers such as Karel Husa, Joan Tower, Richard Wernick, Katherine Hoover, George Tsontakis, Laura Kaminsky, and Libby Larsen.
The Colorado Quartet was in residence at Bard College from 2000 until 2009, and also directed the Soundfest Festival and Institute of String Quartets, a music camp for players aged 10 to adult amateurs in Falmouth, Massachusetts, from 1991 until disbanding in 2013.
Before coming to Missouri, Miyamoto (pictured, bottom left) taught at Michigan State University and the California Institute of the Arts and also served as head of the piano faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival.
In 1990, he was named the winner of the first-ever Gilmore Young Artist award, and he has won numerous other competitions, including the American Pianist Association National Fellowship Competition, the D’Angelo Competition, the San Francisco Symphony Competition and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Competition.
Miyamoto has performed in recital and as a soloist in Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, China, and Japan, and in major US cities including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
He has performed with orchestras such as the Chautauqua Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Florida Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, and many others. As a chamber musician, he has played with Charles Castleman, Victor Danchenko, Lara St. John, members of the Blair, Borromeo, Euclid and Pacifica String Quartets, and many others. Miyamoto is a former member of the August Trio and the Beaumont Trio, and was a founding member of the Quadrivium Players, the resident ensemble at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Miyamoto’s critically acclaimed solo CDs include The Chopin Ballades and Fantasies, A Schubert Recital, Brahms Works, and A Piano Recital.
You can hear performances by Julie Rosenfeld (with the Colorado Quartet) and Peter Miyamoto in the embedded media players below.
The Colorado Quartet – Julie Rosenfeld (violin), Deborah Lydia Redding (violin), Marka Gustavsson (viola) and Diane Chaplin (cello) – and oboist Humbert Lucarelli perform the string quartet version of John Corigliano’s “Aria – Adagio” from his Concerto for oboe and orchestra.
“Pictures at an Exhibition” performed by Peter Miyamoto (piano) with Keisuke Hoashi (narrator) in July 2012 for the New York Summer Music Festival at the Goodrich Theatre at SUNY Oneonta College.
Born in Xi’an, the ancient capital of China, 2016 MICF resident composer Wang Lu was raised as part of a musical family immersed in Chinese opera and folk music traditions, and her works “reflect a very natural identification with those influences, through the prism of contemporary instrumental techniques and new sonic possibilities.”
In 2010, she was selected for a Tremplin commission by IRCAM/Ensemble Intercontemporain, and in 2012, she took part in the International Composition Seminar with the Ensemble Modern.
Wang’s orchestral work “Scenes from the Bosco Sacro” was selected for the 2014 New York Philharmonic Biennial New Music Readings, and her music also has been featured at the Cresc Biennale for New Music, MATA Festival, Gaudeamus Music Week, Tanglewood Music Center, Cabrillo Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Takefu International Music Festival, and more.
In addition to “Backstory,” which she wrote for Alarm Will Sound to perform as part of the MICF’s “Eight World Premieres” concert on Saturday, July 30, Wang’s other recent projects include commissions for ICE, Yarn/Wire, the Momenta Quartet, organist Mark Steinbach, and violinist Miranda Cuckson; and a residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.
2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival resident composer Daniel Silliman was born in Syracuse, NY and grew up in Katy, TX, near Houston.
He began studying piano as a child, and upon graduating high school, enrolled in the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, where his composition teachers included Andrew Norman, who was a distinguished guest composer at last year’s MICF.
After graduating summa cum laude from USC in 2015 with a B.M. in composition, Silliman is now a doctoral fellow working on an MFA/Ph.D in composition at Princeton University in New Jersey. His teachers there include Louis Andriessen and another former MICF distinguished guest composer, Donnacha Dennehy, who was part of the 2012 festival.
In 2015, Silliman was one of seven young composers chosen to participate in CULTIVATE, the annual composers institute at Copland House, which is the former home of composer Aaron Copland in upstate New York that’s now a center for new music. Daniel Silliman’s music also has been presented by the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, American Festival for the Arts, Texas Music Teachers Association, and Access Contemporary Music.
His new work created for the 2016 MICF is titled “Endless Castle Romance,” and will be premiered by Alarm Will Sound along with new pieces from the other seven resident composers at the festival’s grand finale on Saturday, July 30 at the Missouri Theatre.
You can hear samples of Daniel Silliman’s music on his SoundCloud page and in the embedded media players below.
“strain” for cello and orchestra, featuring Michael Kaufman (cello) and the USC Symphony conducted by Donald Crockett.
“mechanical trees,” a 2014 work for bassoon, percussion, piano and page turns that was premiered and recorded on July 28, 2014 at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, ME.
“scaffold,” recorded February 24, 2015 in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California’s Joyce J. Cammileri Hall, featuring Clara Kim (violin), Michael Kaufman (cello), and Brendan White (piano).