More news coverage of the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival

Since the post here the other day about media coverage of the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, several more articles have been published:

Resident composer Steve Snowden was interviewed by the Columbia Daily Tribune‘s Aarik Danielsen for a post on the paper’s Art Axis blog, which you can read here.

Meanwhile, resident composer Kari Besharse was featured in an article in her hometown paper, the Hammond Star, and in a story for The Lion’s Roar, the official campus publication at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she teaches.

Besharse (pictured) also is blogging about her experiences at the festival for the website New Music Box, and you can read her first entry here.

Update: Kari filed three more blog entries about the festival, which can be found here, here and here.

Also, Kelsey Whipple of the Riverfront Times in St. Louis wrote about the festival and resident composer Pat Clarke for an article on the RFT’s “A to Z” music blog here.

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival in the news

With anticipation building among composers, musicians, listeners and the media, the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival has been the subject of a number of news reports and features in recent days.

Aarik Danielsen of the Columbia Daily Tribune previewed the festival with two stories in this past Sunday’s paper, and also interviewed guest composer Anna Clyne (pictured) for a post Monday on the Tribune’s Art Axis blog.

Other Columbia journalists also have taken notice of the festival. Will Floyd of the Missourian wrote a preview of the festival last Friday that can be viewed online here, and KBIA’s “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper” featured an interview with Stefan Freund of the MU School of Music (and cellist for Alarm will Sound) on Monday.

You can see and hear the entire “Radio Friends” program here, or take in just Freund’s segment starting here.

In addition, KBIA’s “Off The Clock,” hosted by Scarlett Robertson, ran an interview last Friday with resident composer, MU grad student and Sinquefield Composition Prize winner Patrick David Clark, which you can hear online here.

Clark also was the subject of a short feature in Mizzou magazine, the official publication of the Alumni Association, and a story on the website’s edition for Clayton, MO, the St. Louis suburb where he went to high school.

Also in St. Louis, writer Terry Perkins talked with Clark for a preview story about the festival that went online yesterday on the St. Louis Beacon news website. Clark also appeared on radio station KMOX (1120 AM) on Sunday for a brief chat with the hosts of Total Information AM Weekend.

Some of the festival’s other resident composers also have gotten some positive press attention in their hometowns or where they went to school. Liza White was interviewed about her participation in the festival by the Springfield, MA Republican; Steven Snowden was the subject of a story in the Branson Tri-Lakes News, near his homewtown of Walnut Shade, MO; and Clint Needham was recognized in an online news report from the Indiana University School of Music, where he earned his master’s degree.

Festival schedule, program available online

In addition to the four ticketed concerts, the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival also features a number of free events, including composer presentations, workshops, and open rehearsals. You can see the complete schedule of festival events online here

You also can view the complete festival program online in PDF format here.

A visitor’s guide to Columbia

If you’re coming to Columbia to attend the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, you may find some of these links useful:

Visitor information:
Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau
Columbia Regional Airport
Hotels in Columbia
“Virtual tour” of Columbia
I Heart Columbia
Vox Magazine’s guide to Columbia restaurants
Mid-Missouri Dining Guide

Columbia Tribune
Columbia Missourian
Columbia area radio stations

National Weather Service forecast for Boone County

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival ticket information:

Single tickets are priced at $10 for adults, $5 for students for all concerts. To purchase tickets by phone, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. To buy tickets online, please visit

The Sound of Art documents collaboration between composers, visual artists

The Mizzou New Music Initiative has released online three episodes of The Sound of Art, a series of short films documenting collaborative efforts between composers and visual artists.

Now available for viewing on the Missouri New Music Facebook page at, the films cover the creation of three new compositions inspired by the summer 2010 exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the premiere performances of those compositions at the Contemporary by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble.

Episode 1 features an interview with composer David Witter, who wrote “Failure to Communicate” in response to artist Martin Brief’s “Amazon God.” In episode 2, composer Michael Strausbaugh explains how he wrote “Crass Menagerie” after seeing artist Cameron Fuller’s “From The Collection Of The Institute for the Perpetuation of Imaginal Processes.” Episode 3 features composer Stephanie Berg talking about her piece “Paper Guns,” which was inspired by artist Sarah Frost’s “Arsenal.”

In addition to interviews with the composers, the episodes show the artworks as they were installed at the Contemporary, and include footage of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble performing the compositions.

“We thought it was important to support collaboration between local visual artists and local composers, giving them an opportunity interact and to support each other,” said Paul Ha, director of the Contemporary.

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of cellist, composer and associate professor Stefan Freund, and serves as the repertory group for the Mizzou New Music Initiative. At the time of these performances, the Ensemble’s members were Stephanie Berg, clarinets; Michael Strausbaugh, guitar; Matthew Pierce, cello; and Ian Derrickson, percussion, with violist Paul Seitz joining them as a guest performer.

The Sound of Art gave our composers an incredible opportunity to be inspired by living artists,” said Freund. “Through the concert at the Contemporary, they were able to share their musical vision of these artists’ works with an appreciative audience.”

The Sound of Art is underwritten by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation and produced by Randy Sinquefield of Spectrum Studios in Columbia, with Kevin Duggan serving as director of photography and Randy White as editor. Future episodes in the series will be produced to document similar collaborative efforts as they happen.

“The episodes consist of art, music and film. Combined, they provide a vivid sense though sound and imagery of the pieces of art. The result is more than the individual parts,” said Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Foundation. “Some of the individual pieces of art or music might not inspire you, but the combined episodes will. Look, listen and let your imagination fly. Does the art, match the music and the film?”

To watch The Sound of Art online, please visit the Missouri New Music Facebook page at (You need not have a Facebook account to view the videos.)

Tickets now on sale for 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, which will be held Monday, July 11 through Saturday, July 16 in Columbia.

The weeklong series of events will include four public concerts, with the grand finale featuring the world premieres of new works written by the festival’s eight resident composers and performed by the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. The final concert will take place at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 16 at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts (MTCA), 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

Other public performances will include:

* “Another World’s Rapture Remix: An Electroacoustic Chamber Recital,” featuring members of Alarm Will Sound at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 12 at Whitmore Recital Hall on the Mizzou campus;
* “Seasons with Alarm Will Sound” and special guest artist soprano Susan Narucki at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at MTCA; and
* “Mizzou’s Right to Bear New Music” featuring the music of MU faculty members at 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 15 at MTCA.

Festival passes good for admission to all four concerts are on sale for $35 for adults, $20 for students. Only 200 festival passes will be available, and they will be on sale until 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 11. Any remaining passes will be made available at the box office starting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12.
Single tickets are priced at $10 for adults, $5 for students for the concerts on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and $15 for adults, $10 for students for the final concert on Saturday. To purchase tickets by phone, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. To buy tickets online, or to see a complete listing of Mizzou New Music Summer Festival events, visit

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival announces
selection of eight resident composers for 2011

The University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative have selected eight resident composers for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, which will be held Monday, July 11 through Saturday, July 16 in Columbia. They are:

* Kari Besharse, Champaign IL
* David Biedenbender, Ann Arbor MI
* Patrick David Clark, Columbia MO
* Michael-Thomas Foumai, Honolulu HI
* Yotam Haber, New York NY
* Clint Needham, Columbus OH
* Steven Snowden, Austin TX
* Liza White, Berkeley CA

The 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will include a series of public concerts featuring music from these eight resident composers and other contemporary creators, as well as workshops, master classes and other events.

The Festival’s guest composers for 2011 will be Roger Reynolds, winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for composition and professor at the University of California at San Diego, and Anna Clyne, a native of London who currently serves as the Mead Composer-in- Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble, as they did for the inaugural Festival in 2010, and the Grammy award-winning soprano Susan Narucki will perform with them as a guest artist.

The eight resident composers were selected through a portfolio application process to create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. During the festival, they will receive composition lessons from Reynolds and Clyne; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; give presentations on their music; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work. The resident composers also will have the opportunity to return to Missouri for a residency at the Sinquefield Reserve sometime during the following academic year.

“Last year a participant described composing for Alarm will Sound as being like driving a Ferrari,” said Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Foundation. “It will be fun to see what this year’s composers can do with their ‘car’.”

Mizzou New Music Ensemble premieres “The Garden Symphony”

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble last Sunday traveled to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis to take part in an event paying tribute to Peter Raven, director emeritus of the Garden.

The Ensemble presented the world premiere performance of “The Garden Symphony,” a four-part work co-composed by Mizzou students Michael Anderson, Stephanie Berg, Laura Griggs, and David Witter, as well as a new piece for oboe and electronics composed in honor of Raven by MU professor W. Thomas McKenney.

You can read more about it in this feature story written by Bob Duffy of the St. Louis Beacon.