The numbers have been tallied, and the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) has received submissions from a total of 229 individuals hoping to be among the fest’s eight resident composers, including 129 who applied for the first time.
The 2016 MICF will take place from Monday, July 25 through Saturday, July 30 in Columbia.
Resident composer submissions were received from a total of 18 different countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Each resident composer will write a new work for the festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound, which will be premiered during the grand finale concert on Saturday, July 30 at the Missouri Theatre.
Resident composers also will get composition lessons from distinguished guest composers Oscar Bettison and Erin Gee and from Mizzou faculty members, and each composer also will receive a copy of a professional live recording of his or her work.
The eight resident composers selected for the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be announced in January.