The School of Music maintains active partnerships with three Brazilian organizations and a conservatory in Italy. Through the years, these have led to numerous faculty and student exchanges and, with our Brazilian partners in particular, the matriculation of dozens of students in MU degree programs over the past few decades.
Fundação Carlos Gomes, Belem, Brazil
The School of Music formalized its agreement with the Fundação Carlos Gomes (FCG) in 1991, resulting in an ongoing and lively exchange of faculty and students. Several FCG faculty members have visited the School of Music through the years, and, in turn, School of Music faculty members regularly travel to Belem, often in connection with the FCG’s International Chamber Music Festival. To date, over twenty Belem students have earned degrees at MU, while many more have participated in short-term residencies.
Mizzou alums at the International Music Festival in Belem 2019
Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Brazil
The School of Music formalized its agreement with the Universidade Estadual de Londrina (State University of Londrina) in 1998. Several Londrina students have completed MU degrees in recent years, while others have participated in short-term residencies. A number of School of Music faculty members have been invited guest artists at the Londrina International Music Festival, the second largest such event in Brazil.
Conservatorio di Musica “Domenico Cimarosa,” Avellino, Italy
A more recent development, the School of Music formalized an agreement with the Conservatorio “Domenico Cimarosa,” in Avellino, Italy, in 2012. School of Music faculty member, Paul Crabb, Director of Choral Activities, had previously made several trips to Avellino to collaborate with students and faculty members of this institution. In 2011, several School of Music faculty members joined a recording project with the Conservatorio’s chamber orchestra, and, on several occasions, members of the Conservatorio’s faculty have visited MU to perform and give masterclasses. In May 2013, Dr. Crabb and School of Music Director, Robert Shay, travelled to Avellino for formal recognition of the partnership and to jointly lead a concert with the Consevatorio’s orchestra and chorus, two guest choruses, and faculty and student soloists. The agreement encourages faculty and students from both institutions to perform, teach, and study at the collaborating institution.
Universidade Federal Do Pará/Escola da Música (Belém, Brazil)
Evangelical University of Bolivia (UEB) (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia)
Most recently, the School of Music formalized an agreement with the Evangelical University of Bolivia (UEB) in 2018. Under the auspices of the National Partners of the Americas organization, School of Music faculty members Eva Szekely and Dan Willett traveled to Bolivia to work and perform with faculty and students at the UEB Department of Music. The visit was a great success and resulted in the establishment of the exchange agreement. In 2019, Dr. Brandon Boyd, Associate Director of Choral Activities, was invited to teach and perform at UEB and the School of Music hosted a UEB voice faculty member as a visiting scholar on the MU campus the same year. Further visits are on hold for now due to the pandemic, but we are all looking forward to resuming plans as soon as possible.
The Federal University of Amazonas (Manaus, Brazil)
World Brass Association (Cologne, Germany)