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Olivia Bennett wins 2019-20 Luna Composition Lab fellowship

Missouri student composer Olivia Bennett has been named one of five 2019-20 fellows by Luna Composition Lab, a program at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City that provides mentorship and performance opportunities to young composers who are female-identifying, non-binary, or gender non-conforming.

Bennett (pictured), a 17-year-old home-schooled student from Nixa, Mo (just south of Springfield), has won multiple awards in competitions sponsored by the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Those awards include a total of five prizes in the annual Creating Original Music Project (COMP), a statewide composition competition for students in grades K-12, and two wins in the “High School” division of the Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP), which each year showcases recent large ensemble works by Missouri composers in a concert by the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the Columbia Chamber Choir.

In addition to the COMP and MOCOP performances, Bennett’s works have been played by ensembles including the Mizzou String Quartet, Springfield Youth Symphony, Interlochen Philharmonic, and Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra. She is an alumna of the 2018 Interlochen Arts Camp and Boston University’s 2019 Tanglewood Institute, and was selected as a 2019 American Composers NextNotes winner. A pianist and cellist as well as a composer, Bennett plays cello in the Missouri Philharmonic Orchestra in Springfield.

Now in its fourth year, Luna Composition Lab was founded by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid, with composers Reena Esmail, Kristin Kuster, Gity Razaz and Tamar Muskal set to mentor the 2020 fellows.

As part of their fellowships, Bennett and the other young composers will receive one-on-one mentorship and bi-weekly Skype lessons throughout the year; a week of masterclasses, workshops, backstage tours, concerts, and networking events in New York City; a performance opportunity in NYC as part of the Kaufman Music Center’s “Face the Music” concert season; high-quality recordings of their work; and more.

Missouri Composers Project selects four works for concert
by Columbia Civic Orchestra, Columbia Chamber Choir
on Sunday, March 10 at First Baptist Church

Clockwise from top left: Olivia Bennett, Gwanyu Cao, Ben Rouder, Ed Frazier Davis

The Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) has announced the selection of four winners in the 2019 Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) competition.

Now in its eighth year, MOCOP is a collaborative effort involving MNMI, the Columbia Civic Orchestra (CCO), the Columbia Chamber Choir, and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. Composers from all over Missouri are invited each year to submit orchestral and choral works for potential performance, with winners selected in two age categories, “open” and “high school.”

All four winners of the 2019 competition will receive a $500 honorarium from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, and the CCO and the Chamber Choir will perform their compositions in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at First Baptist Church, 1112 East Broadway in Columbia. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

In the “open” categories, this year’s winning orchestral composition is “Social Justice Warrior” by Ben Rouder, and there are two winning choral works, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Ed Frazier Davis and “Swallow (Kazakh Folk Song)” by Guanyu Cao.

Rouder, who’s originally from Columbia, is a sophomore composition major and Sinquefield Scholar at Mizzou. Davis, a Chicago native now living in Kansas City, studied at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, while Cao, who grew up in Wuhan, China, currently is a visiting scholar at UMKC.

The winning orchestral work in the “high school” category for 2019 is “Imagination” by Olivia Bennett, a home-schooled junior from Nixa, MO. Bennett previously won the MOCOP competition for an orchestral work in the “high school” category in 2017, and also is a four-time award winner in Mizzou’s annual Creating Original Music Project (COMP) competition for Missouri students in grades K-12.

The Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) is a collaborative effort by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, the Mizzou New Music Initiative, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, and the Columbia Chamber Choir to bring attention to new large ensemble works written in the state of Missouri. By identifying composers and providing opportunities for the performance of their work, MOCOP intends to showcase emerging talent of Missouri and share it with the world.

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.

Missouri Composers Project selects works from four generations
for Columbia Civic Orchestra concert on Sunday, March 19

The Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) offers a variety of programs supporting composers throughout their careers, and the results of this year’s Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP) competition are a particularly vivid demonstration of MNMI’s generational and geographic reach, with the four winning works coming from composers living across the state who range in age from 14 to 85.

Now in its sixth year, MOCOP is a collaborative effort involving MNMI, the Columbia Civic Orchestra (CCO), the Columbia Chamber Choir, and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. Composers from throughout Missouri are invited each year to submit orchestral and choral works for potential performance, with winners selected in two age categories, “open” and “high school.”

All four winners of the 2017 competition will receive a $500 honorarium from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, and the CCO and the Chamber Choir will perform their compositions in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 West Broadway in Columbia. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

“Crucifixus,” one of two choral works chosen this year, was composed by William Hooper, an 85-year-old retired music educator and senior adult pastor at First Baptist Church in Bolivar, MO. Hooper is a graduate of Southwest Baptist College, William Jewell College, University of Iowa, and the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and the author of seven books about various aspects of music in worship.

“Dangerously Slick” was written by Robert Fruehwald, and is one of two orchestral works selected for the 2017 program. Fruehwald, 59, is a teacher of music theory, piano and composition and former chair of the music department at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Louisville, an M.F.A. degree at the California Institute of the Arts, and a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis.

The second choral winner this year is “Land of Nod” by Zachary Cairns, who is 38 years old and an associate professor of music theory and composition at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Cairns earned his Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music and M.A. and B.S. degrees from Pennsylvania State University. He previously was a MOCOP winner in 2015 for his orchestral work “Refracted Moonlight.”

This year’s winning entry from a high school composer is “The Hare,” an orchestral work by Olivia Bennett, a 14-year-old home-schooled freshman from Nixa, MO. Bennett was the winner of a first place award in the “Middle School- Fine Art” category of MNMI’s 2016 Creating Original Music Project (COMP) competition for Missouri students in grades K-12, and previously won third place in the “Elementary – Instrumental” in the 2012 COMP competition.