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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.

Missouri Composers Orchestra Project chooses works
by Zachary Cairns, Hans Heruth for performance on Saturday, March 7

The famous conductor James Levine once compared the orchestra to a “treasure chest,” but the relative scarcity of modern works on orchestral programs means that few contemporary composers ever get the chance to access those riches.

Zachary Cairns

Now, two more Missouri composers will receive that valuable opportunity, as the Columbia Civic Orchestra (CCO) and the Mizzou New Music Initiative have announced the selection of two orchestral works written by Missouri residents to be performed by the CCO at a concert on Saturday, March 7 in Columbia.

The winning compositions were chosen in a statewide competition conducted under the auspices of the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project (MOCOP). Both winners will receive a $500 honorarium from MOCOP’s sponsor, the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Hans Heruth

The work chosen for 2015 in the Open category is “Refracted Moonlight” by Zachary Cairns, an assistant professor of music theory at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Cairns earned a Ph.D. in theory from the Eastman School of Music, and an M.A. in theory and a B.S. in music education from Penn State University.

The winning composition in the High School category is “Impression on a Theme” by Hans Heruth, a senior at Liberty High School in Liberty, MO. A two-time winner in the University of Missouri’s statewide Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.) competition for students in grades K-12, Heruth also is a violinist, pianist, and vocalist.

Both winning compositions will be performed by the Columbia Civic Orchestra as part of their annual concert of music by living composers at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 West Broadway in Columbia. Admission is free and open to the public.

Cairns’ work will be conducted by Patrick David Clark, a Mizzou alumnus and music director of the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra, while MU senior Grant Bradshaw, assistant conductor of the Missouri Symphony Society Conservatory, will take the baton for Heruth’s composition.

The concert also will include Bradshaw’s own work “Incandescent” and the premiere of Amy Leventhal’s “Mom and Me,” both conducted by CCO artistic director (and Mizzou professor) Stefan Freund; Mizzou alumna Katie Andres’ Horn Concertino, conducted by Mizzou graduate student Jaron Lester; and three new works sung by the Columbia Chorale Chamber Choir and conducted by Emily Edgington Andrews, the Chorale’s artistic director.

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 Missouri Composers Orchestra Project (MOCOP) is a collaborative effort by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, the Mizzou New Music Initiative, and the Columbia Civic Orchestra to bring attention to orchestral works written in the state of Missouri. By identifying composers of orchestral music and providing opportunities for the performance of their work, MOCOP strives to showcase the talent of Missouri and share it with the community.