Today, the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) announced its fall semester schedule of events occurring in Columbia, MO, as well as other important dates.
The Mizzou New Music Initiative is a diverse array of programs that position the University of Missouri School of Music as a leading center for the composition and performance of new music. The initiative is supported by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, led by Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield. Their vision is to create an incubator for the composition and performance of new music and to showcase Missouri as a center for the music of tomorrow.
Now through Nov. 5: Applications to be selected as a resident composer for the Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) will be accepted through Nov. 5. MICF takes place annually in July and features public concerts, presentations, workshops, guest composers, and ensemble-in-residence Alarm Will Sound. For more information, visit https://newmusic.missouri.edu/micf.
Now through Dec. 4: Applications for the Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP), will be accepted through Dec. 4. A collaborative effort involving the Mizzou New Music Initiative, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, the Columbia Chamber Choir, and Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, MOCOP showcases the emerging talents of composers living in Missouri who have written works for choir and orchestra. For more information, visit https://newmusic.missouri.edu/mocop.
Now through Jan. 14, 2024: Applications for the Creating Music Project (COMP) will be accepted through Jan. 14. COMP is a statewide competition that recognizes Missouri students (K-12) who compose original works in a variety of musical styles. Winning composers and their schools will be awarded cash prizes and performances at the University of Missouri. The festival takes place Saturday, April 20, 2024. For more information, visit https://newmusic.missouri.edu/comp.
Oct. 13: The premiere of composer Harry Gonzalez’s Sinquefield Commission for Piano Trio will be held at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway. Gonzalez is a second-year MU graduate student. The Mizzou Faculty Piano Trio – Peter Miyamoto, Wesley Warnhoff, and Julie Rosenfeld – will perform the new work as part of the Odyssey Chamber Music Series. Admission is free for the MU community; $5 for others. For more information, visit https://www.odysseymissouri.org/programs.html.
Oct. 19-20: New music reed quintet Splinter Reeds will be in residence. The group will conduct masterclasses with Mizzou woodwind studios, perform during the weekly student convocation, workshop new works by MU student composers and hold a public performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Sinquefield Music Center’s Sheryl Crow Hall, 1101 University Ave. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://calendar.missouri.edu/event/splinter_reeds?utm_campaign=widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=Mizzou+Events+Calendar. The event will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd9W8J7hV2M.
Oct. 26-27: Ukrainian-Australian composer Catherine Likhuta will be in residence and coach the MU Symphonic Band on her music, and teach MU student composers private lessons. A Composition Seminar for students will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 in room 383 of the Sinquefield Music Center.
Oct. 29: The Student Composer Recital is a student-produced event featuring works by undergraduate and graduate composition students is held at 7:30 p.m. in the Sinquefield Music Center’s Sheryl Crow Hall, 1101 University Ave. Admission is free.
Nov. 4: Composer and trombonist Kalia Vandever and James Brandon Lewis Jazz Trio perform at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1112 Broadway. Free tickets are available to MU students upon request. The event is part of Dismal Niche’s Columbia Experimental Music Festival, held Nov. 2-5. (For more information about the festival, visit https://dismalniche.squarespace.com/cemf). Vandever will also give a presentation to MU students enrolled in the Jazz and Pop Rock class.
Dec. 3: A concert featuring the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and guest conductor Bill Kalinkos will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Sinquefield Music Center’s Sheryl Crow Hall, 1101 University Ave. Admission is free.
A schedule of MNMI’s fall semester events taking place in St. Louis is forthcoming.
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