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November 11 , 2009

University of Missouri School of Music is pleased to announce
The 2010 Sinquefield Composition Prize

Drew LeslieMichael Strausbaugh, graduate composition student, is the recipient of the 2010 Sinquefield Composition Prize. Michael submitted his work Thermopylae for guitar and cello to the competition and was selected by an outside panel of judges. Martin Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Music, Washington University (St. Louis, MO); John Orfe, Instructor of Music, Bradley University (Peoria, IL); and Renee S. Waters, Professor of Music, Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) served as adjudicators for this year’s competition. Michael will have the opportunity to write an original work for one of Mizzou’s premier large ensembles. The world premiere of Michael’s commissioned work will take place on Monday, March 15, 2010 at the Chancellor’s Concert. Along with the commission of a new work, Michael will receive a cash prize for the production of the score and parts, and have his work recorded.

The other finalists for the 2010 Sinquefield Composition Prize were Andy Bowman, Tony Hernandez, and David Witter. Please join the School of Music in congratulating Michael, Andy, Tony, and David on this notable achievement!

The Sinquefield Composition Prize is one component of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, which brings together a diverse array of programs intended to position the University of Missouri School of Music as a leading center in the areas of composition and new music. The Initiative is the direct result of the generous support of Dr. Jeanne and Mr. Rex Sinquefield, and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. The Sinquefields’ vision is to create an incubator for the composition and performance of new music, and to position Missouri as a major center for the music of tomorrow.