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Mizzou New Music Initiative
Mizzou New Music Initiative 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. Click here to read more about the Sinquefields’ support for the MU School of Music.
Mizzou New Music Initiative announces Composition Scholarships for entering freshmen. Beginning in 2010, two highly competitive full-tuition scholarships will be awarded each year to entering students seeking a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition.
Composition scholarship recipients will benefit from:
This scholarship program is directed at students composing “fine art” acoustic, electronic, and electroacoustic music. Such music may take the form of solo pieces, pieces accompanied by piano, chamber music, works for larger ensembles such as bands or orchestras, or works for electronic media. We understand that in today’s pluralistic musical world that such music may be influenced by a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to popular.
To apply for these scholarships, you must complete this three-step process:
Finalists will be invited for an on-campus interview on Monday, February 15, 2010.
If you have questions regarding the application process or you would like to visit the School of Music, e-mail William J. Lackey, Admissions and Publicity Coordinator, at LackeyW@missouri.edu.
Mizzou New Music Initiative seeks talented performers dedicated to promoting new music. The New Music Ensemble, under the direction of faculty composer and Alarm Will Sound member
Stefan Freund, will collaborate with MU’s faculty and student composers, perform frequently on and off campus, and work with some of the world’s leading composers and interpreters of new music. Six Graduate Assistantships are available for New Music Ensemble members (three awarded per year).
Deadline: Initial review of assistantship applications begins on December 15.
Candidates for the New Music Ensemble Graduate Assistantships must audition on one of the Graduate Audition Days or on another mutually agreeable date. Candidates must pursue the MM in performance or another master’s degree (such as composition, music theory, music history). If the degree is not in a performance area, the candidate must demonstrate performance skills at the required level for entrance to the MM performance program.
Click here for more information about audition repertoire. New Music Ensemble audition repertoire must be prepared in addition to other audition or entrance requirements for the degree.
To apply for the New Music Ensemble Graduate Assistantship you must complete the University of Missouri and School of Music application processes found here.
If you have questions regarding the application process or you would like to visit the School of Music e-mail William J. Lackey, Admissions and Publicity Coordinator, at LackeyW@missouri.edu
The Sinquefield Composition Prize is an annual competition for students at the University of Missouri. The winner is given an opportunity to write an original work for one of Mizzou's premiere large ensembles and have his/her music performed and recorded.
Submission and Judging:
Application: Student composers will submit one score and corresponding recording (live performance or computer realization) of any scoring.
Past Recipients of the Sinquefield Prize in Composition at the University of Missouri:
The Mizzou New Music Initiative is excited to announce the First Annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, July 12-18, 2010 on the campus of the University of Missouri. Eight composers from around the world will be selected through a portfolio application process to compose a work to be performed by the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble, Alarm Will Sound. Composers will receive private composition lessons with Martin Bresnick recipient of the first Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Derek Bermel, Composer-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; take part in workshops with Alarm Will Sound; participate in masterclasses; receive a professional live recording and the premiere performance of their work.
Resident Performing Artist:
Composers selected as resident participants for the festival will be expected to compose a work for Alarm Will Sound’s complete instrumentation lasting up to 9 minutes in duration. Visit www.alarmwillsound.com for their complete instrumentation. Each selected resident composer must submit two scores and parts, professionally prepared, of their work by June 1, 2010. Due to rehearsal/technical demands we will not be able to program works that include electronics.
Festival tuition for each selected composer will be provided through the generous contributions of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. Selected composers will need to pay for room and board accommodations. A single occupancy room with board is $600.00 and a double occupancy room with board is $500.00. Direct questions regarding the festival to William J. Lackey, Festival Administrator, phone 573- 882-4471 or e-mail LackeyW@missouri.edu.
Receipt Deadlines: February 1, 2010
Festival Application Submission Guidelines:
Mail composition portfolio submissions to:
C.O.M.P., the Creating Original Music Project, comprises two programs directed at younger composers:
The programs of the Creating Original Music Project are fully funded by the Sinquefield Family Foundation. For more information, click here.
Composer Connection gives composers a chance to connect with and receive instruction from a graduate student in composition at MU. The School of Music recognizes that not all students throughout Missouri have the opportunity to study with a local composer. In an effort to give students further guidance while in the creative process the School of Music developed this distance-learning initiative. Students can e-mail works in progress and questions about composing, and receive feedback and suggestions. This free service will be available after September 1, 2009. The current composer on call is Alex Blanton, and he can be reached at email@example.com.
Last modified: 28-Mar-2014