2022 Missouri Summer Composition Institute Overview

From June 11th through the 18th, the 2022 Missouri Summer Composition Institute brought together 16 young Missouri composers for a full week of work creating new music on the University of Missouri campus.

Above: Mizzou Postdoctoral Fellow in Composition Dr. Yoshiaki Onishi discusses notation with the students.  Below: Mizzou percussion professor Dr. Megan Arns demonstrates the marimba.

Working with MU School of Music  faculty members and guest instructors, each student composed a new work of music that was workshopped, then performed and recorded at the end of the week by an ensemble of professional musicians.

Here are the 16 students who participated in 2022 Summer COMP:

  • Jacob Assouad, Webster Groves
  • Ishya Bhavsar, Prairie Village
  • Ve Carrender, Blue Springs
  • Kayley Coney, Grain Valley
  • Nathan Crutchley, Fenton
  • Sofia Florino, West Plains
  • Lucy Hamilton, Kansas City
  • Thomas Libbert, Freeburg
  • Mila Perez, Hallsville
  • Garett Peterman, Harrisonville
  • Atticus Schlegel, Richmond Heights
  • Daithi Sellens, Independence
  • Cecilia Schmitz-Hoepker, Independence
  • Samir Shaik, St. Louis
  • Ethan Sanders, St. Louis
  • Yoell Tewolde, Columbia

Summer COMP Resident Assistant Holden Franklin leads a discussion at the dorm.

The Summer COMP Institute is open to students entering grades 9-12 or preparing to enter their first year of college. All accepted students participate free thanks to the generosity of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. in person June 11-18 on the campus of the University of Missouri.

During the week, students participated in:

  • Daily Notation, Instrumentation, and Repertoire Courses
  • Daily Private Composition Lessons
  • Workshops with Members of a Professional Ensemble 
  • Chamber Music Rehearsals
  • Performance and Recording by Professional Musicians

Participants received composition lessons from Dr. Carolina Heredia, Dr. Stefan Freund, Dr. Yoshiaki Onishi, and Dr. Bonnie McLarty.

Summer COMP students and staff at the Lake House of the Sinquefield Reserve.

Students also enjoyed fun group activities each evening. Meals were provided by the Mizzou Campus Dining Center, as well as housing for seven nights in University Housing provided by Residential Life.

The concluding final recital concert on June 18th at Sheryl Crow Hall concert featured the world premieres of the compositions composed during Summer COMP week by the 16 participating students can be seen at the link below:

Yoell Tewolde takes a bow following the premiere of his piece Fantasy of an Adolescent, performed by Dan Willett, Wei-Han Wu, and Bill Kalinkos.

“It was incredibly impressive to see all 16 student composers produce fine works in less than a week, which were performed brilliantly by professional musicians,” stated Dr. Stefan Freund.

Sofia Fiorino (left), Dr. Stefan Freund (center), Atticus Schlegel (right)

At the conclusion of the Institute, two students, Sofia Florino and Atticus Schlegel, were awarded Sinquefield Scholarships, and will begin their college studies this fall at the UM School of Music.

 To access more information and how to apply for the 2023 Summer COMP Institute. visit our website.