Summer Composition Institute featured in Columbia Missourian

MNMI’s Summer Composition Institute, held last month on the Mizzou campus, was the subject of a feature story in the Columbia Missourian.

The Summer Composition Institute, often referred to as “COMP Camp” or “Summer COMP,” brings together a select group of high school composers from around the state for a week of intensive instruction, culminating in a concert featuring new works written during the week by the campers.

In the article “Young composers create music in just one week,” Missourian reporter Katherine Herrick explained what COMP Camp is all about and interviewed several campers, including Holden Franklin, a 17-year-old from Perryville.

“I always tell people that I love problem solving,” Franklin said. “There are so many different paths you can take, and if you have one idea in your brain, you get to look at all the different paths to see which one takes you to your final result…Over the years, I’ve just learned so much from this camp.”

You can read the entire article here. The Missourian also produced a short video about Summer COMP, which can be seen in the embedded player below.

Mizzou International Composers Festival adds free concert on Monday, July 24

The Mizzou International Composers Festival has added a free concert to this year’s schedule. “Music of MICF Alumni & More” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 24 at Whitmore Recital Hall in the Fine Arts building on the Mizzou campus.

The concert will feature members of the festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound performing chamber works with instrumentation ranging from mixed quintet to solos with electronics. They’ll play music by three past MICF resident composers – David Biedenbender (2011), Ian Dicke (2014) and Steven Snowden (2011) – plus a piece by AWS pianist John Orfe.

The “Music of MICF Alumni & More” concert is free and open to the public, and will serve as an audio appetizer for a week of open rehearsals, composer presentations, and more, culminating in three ticketed concerts at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

The first of those concerts will feature Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at the Missouri Theatre. They’ll perform music from the 2017 MICF’s distinguished guest composers, George Friedrich Haas and Dan Visconti, as well as works by Robert Sirota, Don Freund, and AWS violinist/guitarist Caleb Burhans.

Next, the “Mizzou New Music” concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 28 at the Missouri Theatre will feature performances by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and guest artists DRAX, with saxophonist Leo Saguiguit and percussionist Megan Arns, and cellist Eli Lara.

The grand finale of the week will showcase the world premieres of eight new works written by the festival’s resident composers and performed by Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 29 at the Missouri Theatre.

Festival VIP packages are $80, and include reserved premium seating at all three concerts; two drink tickets good at the Thursday and Friday performances; and admission to a VIP reception prior to the Saturday evening performance, featuring champagne and hors d’oeuvres with members of Alarm Will Sound and the composers.

Festival passes for all three concerts are $40 for an adult general admission pass, and $20 for a student general admission pass. Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students, and are all general admission.

Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

Alarm Will Sound, Mary Kouyoumdjian receive major grant for “Paper Pianos”

Alarm Will Sound, the resident ensemble for the Mizzou International Composers Festival, and Mary Kouyoumdjian, one of the eight resident composers at last year’s MICF, have received a major grant from The MAP Fund to underwrite production next year of an evening-long version of her work “Paper Pianos.”

Kouyoumdjian (pictured), who lives in New York City, first composed a short version of “Paper Pianos” for Alarm Will Sound to perform at the 2016 MICF. She then used the recording from the festival as part of her successful proposal for a grant to fund the expanded version.

The full concert version of the work will “explore the refugee experience through the life of pianist Milad Yousufi, who was forced to flee Afghanistan to avoid persecution. Incorporating recorded dialogue from interviews with Mr. Yousufi, as well as photographic and animated images, ‘Paper Pianos’ will dramatize the emotional plight of displacement and resettlement experienced by refugees throughout the world.”

The MAP Fund grant of $38,346 includes $31,450 to support the production of “Paper Pianos” and $6,896 in general operating support for Alarm Will Sound.

Based in New York City, The MAP Fund was established in 1988 to support innovation and cross-cultural exploration in new works of live performance. MAP awards $1 million annually to up to 40 projects in the range of $10,000 – $45,000 per grant to artists and organizations across the US. Since 1989, the program has disbursed more than $27 million to fund more than 1000 projects in playwriting, choreography, music composition, and ensemble, site-specific, and community-based performance.

You can hear the recording of the MICF version of “Paper Pianos” in the embedded player below.

Tickets for 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival go on sale
Friday, June 23, with limited-time discount for early buyers

Tickets for the 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. CDT on Friday, June 23, with a special limited-time discount for early ticket buyers.

If you purchase tickets before July 3 and use the promotional code, you can get single adult tickets for any MICF concert for just $10 each (regular price $18), while student tickets are discounted to $7 (from $10).

To get the discount, use “2017MICF” (without quotes) when prompted for a promotional code. This offer is good only on tickets purchased between June 23 and July 3, 2017.

Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/

Known as the region’s premier showcase for new works by top young composers, the MICF will take place this year from Monday, July 24 through Saturday, July 29 in Columbia, and will include three public concerts.

Returning for the eighth year as the festival’s resident ensemble, Alarm Will Sound will begin the weekend of shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

They’ll perform music from the 2017 MICF’s distinguished guest composers, George Friedrich Haas and Dan Visconti, as well as works by Robert Sirota, Don Freund, and AWS violinist/guitarist Caleb Burhans.

Next, the “Mizzou New Music” concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 28 at the Missouri Theatre will feature performances by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and guest artists DRAX, with saxophonist Leo Saguiguit and percussionist Megan Arns, and cellist Eli Lara.

The grand finale of the week will showcase the world premieres of eight new works written by the festival’s resident composers and performed by Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 29 at the Missouri Theatre.

Festival VIP packages are $80, and include reserved premium seating at all three concerts; two drink tickets good at the Thursday and Friday performances; and admission to a VIP reception prior to the Saturday evening performance, featuring champagne and hors d’oeuvres with members of Alarm Will Sound and the composers.

Festival passes for all three concerts are $40 for an adult general admission pass, and $20 for a student general admission pass. Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students, and are all general admission..

In addition to these three concerts, the MICF also will feature several free events, including open rehearsals and presentations by the participating composers. A complete schedule of those events will be released at a later date.

Mizzou New Music Initiative awards postdoctoral fellowship to Carolina Heredia

The Mizzou New Music Initiative and the University of Missouri School of Music have awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to composer Carolina Heredia.

Starting with the Fall 2017 semester and continuing for two years, Heredia (pictured) will teach private composition lessons to Mizzou students; assist with various MNMI programs; and work on interdisciplinary collaborative projects, initiating and supervising student efforts and also completing a major research project herself.

As MNMI’s second postdoctoral fellow, Heredia succeeds Phillip Sink, who is leaving Mizzou for a tenure-track job as assistant professor of theory and composition at Northern Illinois University.

Before beginning her fellowship, Heredia will have a chance to get acquainted with her new home as one of the eight resident composers for this year’s Mizzou International Composers Festival, a position for which she applied and was accepted last year.

“We were very impressed with Carolina’s work when we reviewed her application for the Mizzou International Composers Festival,” said Stefan Freund, professor of composition and artistic director of MNMI. “The festival is a catalyst for all sorts of opportunities, and in this case, it led to a connection with a composer and teacher who is going to be a great addition to our program.”

“Carolina’s interest in interdisciplinary projects was particularly attractive to us, and potentially could strengthen our ties with the university’s art and theater departments and the College of Arts and Science’s new digital storytelling program,” said Julia Gaines, director/associate professor of percussion and director of the School of Music. “We’re delighted to have her as part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.“

Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Heredia comes to Mizzou from the University of Michigan, where she has just completed her doctorate in musical arts, studying with Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, and Erik Santos.

While at Michigan, she also taught electronic music as a graduate student instructor and founded the Khemia Ensemble, a contemporary music group dedicated to creating innovative concert experiences involving interactive technology.

Previously, she earned her bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Universidad and Nacional de Villa María, and a bachelor’s degree in violin from the Conservatorio Superior Félix Garzón, both in Argentina; and a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Michigan.

Her compositions have been commissioned and performed in the United States and South America by musicians and ensembles including JACK Quartet, Derek Bermel, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Duo Cortona, and the Argentinean Cordoba State String Orchestra, and featured at events such as the SONIC Festival NYC, Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowling Green New Music Festival, TIES Toronto International Electroacoustic Festival, SEAMUS, the Cordoba Composition Biennial, and more.

Heredia’s honors and fellowships include a 2015 commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University; the 2015 fellowship from the Susan and Ford Schumman Center for Composition Studies at the Aspen Music Festival; the Brehm Prize in Choral Composition (2015); the 2015 International Research Grant from the University of Michigan; the Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship (2012); the Merit Scholarship from the University of Michigan (2011); and the Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship (2011).

Ticket sales for 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival
delayed until Friday, June 23

Due to maintenance and upgrades to the ticketing system for the Missouri Theatre, the start of ticket sales for the 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) will be delayed until 10:00 a.m. CDT on Friday, June 23.

The MICF will take place this year from Monday, July 24 through Saturday, July 29 in Columbia, and will include three public concerts of music from contemporary composers on Thursday, July 27; Friday, July 28; and Saturday, July 29 at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

Festival VIP packages are $80, and include reserved premium seating at all three concerts; two drink tickets good at the Thursday and Friday performances; and admission to a VIP reception prior to the Saturday evening performance, featuring champagne and hors d’oeuvres with members of Alarm Will Sound and the composers.

Festival passes for all three concerts are $40 for an adult general admission pass, and $20 for a student general admission pass.

Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students, and are all general admission. Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

In addition to these three concerts, the MICF also will feature several free events, including open rehearsals and presentations by the participating composers. A complete schedule of those events will be released at a later date.

Tickets for 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival go on sale Friday, May 26

Tickets for the 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. CDT on Friday, May 26.

Known as the region’s premier showcase for new works by top young composers, the MICF will take place this year from Monday, July 24 through Saturday, July 29 in Columbia, and will include three public concerts.

Returning for the eighth year as the festival’s resident ensemble, Alarm Will Sound will begin the weekend of shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

They’ll perform music from the 2017 MICF’s distinguished guest composers, Georg Friedrich Haas and Dan Visconti, as well as works by Robert Sirota, Don Freund, and AWS violinist/guitarist Caleb Burhans.

Next, the “Mizzou New Music” concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 28 at the Missouri Theatre will feature performances by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and guest artists DRAX, with saxophonist Leo Saguiguit and percussionist Megan Arns, and cellist Eli Lara.

The grand finale of the week will showcase the world premieres of eight new works written by the festival’s resident composers and performed by Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 29 at the Missouri Theatre.

Festival VIP packages are $80, and include reserved premium seating at all three concerts; two drink tickets good at the Thursday and Friday performances; and admission to a VIP reception prior to the Saturday evening performance, featuring champagne and hors d’oeuvres with members of Alarm Will Sound and the composers.

Festival passes for all three concerts are $40 for an adult general admission pass, and $20 for a student general admission pass. Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students, and are all general admission. Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

In addition to these three concerts, the MICF also will feature several free events, including open rehearsals and presentations by the participating composers. A complete schedule of those events will be released at a later date.

The eight resident composers were chosen from among more than 260 applicants from 25 different countries to participate in the festival and create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. They are:
* Clare Glackin, Los Angeles, CA
* Selim Göncü, Berkeley, CA
* Carolina Heredia, Ann Arbor, MI
* Christopher Mayo, Toronto, Canada
* Aaron Parker, Manchester, England
* Charles Peck, Ithaca, NY
* Amadeus Regucera, Oakland, CA
* Henry Breneman Stewart, Columbia, MO

During the festival, the resident composers will receive composition lessons from distinguished guest composers George Friedrich Haas, a native of Austria and a professor of composition at Columbia University who is considered to be one of the major European composers of his generation; and Dan Visconti, a Chicago-based composer and concert programmer also known as an advocate for the arts as a form of cultural and civic service.

The resident composers also will 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.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to debut “Eclipse Symphony”
with performances in Columbia and St. Louis

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will commemorate the upcoming solar eclipse of August 2017 with performances in Columbia and St. Louis of the “Eclipse Symphony,” a new collaborative, multi-part work by four Mizzou student composers.

The work will be previewed in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Bond Life Sciences Center on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, with the official premiere set for 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 5 at the St. Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium.

General admission to the concert in Columbia is $5 for the public, free for Mizzou faculty, students and staff.

Admission to the performance in St. Louis is free, but will require a ticket. Tickets will be available for pickup at any Science Center box office starting at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the concert.

The “Eclipse Symphony” has four sections, each written by a different composer to correspond to a different stage of eclipse that will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017. The work was composed specifically for the Mizzou New Music Ensemble with funding from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

The first section, Hans Bridger Heruth’s “In the Shadow of the Moon,” heralds the coming of the eclipse, followed by Dustin Dunn’s “Now That Daylight Fills the Sky” to mark the event’s inception. Douglas Osmun’s “Convergences” then describes the point of total eclipse, with Jake Smucker’s “But You Have So Much to Live For” serving as a celebratory conclusion.

For the concert at the Planetarium in St. Louis, a backdrop of images, photos, and projections inspired by the eclipse will add a visual element to the Ensemble’s performance.

The seven-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer, professor of composition, and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. The Ensemble’s members for the 2016-17 season are Victoria Hargrove, clarinet; Daniel Keeler, cello; Kelariz Keshavarz, flute; Renan Leme, violin; Rebecca McDaniel, percussion; Gyumi Rha, piano; and Panagiotis Skyftas, saxophone.