Missouri Composers Project

The Columbia Civic Orchestra (CCO) and the Columbia Chamber Choir in collaboration with the University of Missouri's Mizzou New Music Initiative annually present a concert of new music specifically for orchestra and chamber choir. The CCO will perform three works and the Choir will perform two works selected through the 2017 Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, funded by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. Each of the composers of the selected works will be awarded a $500 honorarium. 

The winners for 2017 are:

  • Open Orchestral: Robert Fruehwald (Cape Girardeau, MO), Dangerously Slick
  • High School Orchestral: Olivia Bennett (Nixa, MO), The Hare
  • Open Choral: Zachary Cairns (St. Louis, MO), The Land of Nod
  • Open Choral: William Hooper (Bolivar, MO), Crucifixus 

Read more about this year's winners here.

This year's concert will take place at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 West Broadway, Columbia, MO, 65203, at 7:30 pm the evening of Sunday, March 19, 2017. The concert is FREE and open to the public. A dress rehearsal with the composers present will take place in the church from 3:00-6:15 pm that afternoon. Columbia Civic Orchestra Music Director Stefan Freund and Columbia Chamber Choir Artistic Director Emily Andrews, along with several guest conductors, will conduct the concert.

Listen to previous MOCOP winning works here:

Missouri High School & Open Composer Categories

MISSOURI OPEN SELECTED ORCHESTRAL WORK

One piece will be selected from an open category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for symphony orchestra* up to 10 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. *The maximum instrumentation for submissions will be 2+pic, 2+ EH, 2+b cl,2 4,3,3,1 Timp+2 Perc Strings. See application items below.

MISSOURI HIGH SCHOOL SELECTED ORCHESTRAL WORK

One piece for orchestra* or string orchestra will be selected from a high school category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for symphony orchestra up to 10 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. *The maximum instrumentation for submissions will be 2+pic, 2+ EH, 2+b cl,2 4,3,3,1 Timp+2 Perc Strings. See application items below. We encourage High School applicants to be in touch with our distance learning instructor, Henry Stewart.

MISSOURI OPEN SELECTED CHORAL WORK

One piece will be selected from an open category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for SATB choir up to 8 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. See application items below.

MISSOURI HIGH SCHOOL SELECTED CHORAL WORK

One piece will be selected from a high school category in the state of Missouri. The piece must be a recent work for SATB choir up to 8 minutes in duration. The piece must have been composed while the composer was living in Missouri. The winning composer will receive a $500 honorarium. See application items below. We encourage High School applicants to be in touch with our distance learning instructor, Henry Stewart

Application Process (Postmark Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016)

  • One application form
    • High School Category Application (attachment)
    • Open Category Application (attachment)
  • Bound Score*
  • CD recording of a live performance or MIDI realization of the work*
  • Brief biographical sketch
  • Applicants in the Open Category must also include a resume (maximum 2 pages)

The maximum instrumentation for submissions will be 2,2,2,2 4,3,3,1 Timp+2 Perc Strings.  Only completed applications will be accepted.

*Please make sure there are no identifying marks other than the title of the composition on the submitted score or recording. Do not put the name of the composer(s) or school on the score or recording.  Recordings must include either a live recording or MIDI realization of the work. Make sure to burn your CD as an audio CD, not as a data CD.

Past Winners

2016 MOCOP Winners

SEC Student Orchestral Category Winner:
A Cypress Prelude by Christopher Lowry

 

SEC Student Choral Winner:
When I Am Dead, My Dearest by Ryan Stennes

 

Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner:

Nightmare Waltz by Emily Shaw

Missouri Student Choral Winner:
Solar Flare by Ethan Forte

 

Missouri Open Orchestra Category Winner:

Wafting Mists by Daniel Morel

 

2015 MOCOP Winners

Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner:

Impression on a Theme by Hans Heruth

 

Missouri Open Orchestra Category Winner:

Refracted Moonlight by Zachary Cairns

 

2014 MOCOP Winners

Missouri Student Orchestreal Category Winner:

Firelight by Alex Williams

 

Missouri Open Orchestra Category Winners:

FE 700° C by Patrick David Clark

From the Book of the Dead by Robert Strobel

 

2013 MOCOP Winners

Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner:

Appalachian Rhapsody by Dustin Dunn

 

Missouri Open Orchestra Category Winners:

Ravish and Mayhem by Stephanie Berg

 

Honorable Mentions:

flourishes by Nicholas S. Omiccioli

FE 700° C by Patrick David Clark

  

2012 MOCOP Winners

Missouri Student Orchestral Category Winner:

The Tragedy of the Hero by Edward Crouse

 

Missouri Open Orchestra Category Winners:

Euphoria Overture by Michael Blackwood

This Is the Garden by Joseph Eidson

Menuet Macabre by Warren Gooch

 

Honorable Mentions:

I Jest by Ryan Jesperson

 

Special Mentions:

Erebus: Fantasia for Guitar & Orchestra by Michael Strausbaugh

Contact: 
Jacob Gotlib
Managing Director
Mizzou New Music Initiative
138 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 884-9478
Application Forms: