Sheldon Commissions

The Mizzou New Music Initiative is pleased to partner with The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries in St. Louis. The project originated when Sheldon Executive Director Paul Reuter -- a Mizzou graduate in with an MA in Music Composition (under Dr. W. Thomas McKenney) -- and Jeanne Sinquefield discussed ways to provide Mizzou composers opportunities to have their works performed at the historic Sheldon Concert Hall by by St. Louis-based musicians, including members of the St. Louis Symphony.

Each season, several Mizzou student and faculty composers are commissioned to write new chamber works to be premiered at the Sheldon. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for a Sheldon Commission, and each season's composers are selected by University of Missouri Composition faculty members.

2017-18 Commissions:

  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Ben Colagiovanni, Groove Machine for solo piano
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Hans Bridger Heruth, [bach]: infused for string quintet
  • Friday, March 9, 2018: Jake Smucker, Quiescent for clarinet and piano
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018: Carolina Heredia, Etudes for Violin and Piano and Henry Breneman Stewart, undertone for string quartet

Listen to previous Sheldon Commissions here:

Previous Commissions


  • November 16, 2016: Hans Heruth, Fractals of a Dream for tenor and piano
  • February 15, 2017: Phillip Sink, Chrysalis for violin and piano
  • March 10, 2017: Erin Hoerchler, The Last Laugh for voice and piano
  • March 15, 2017Aaron Mencher, Rise for solo violoncello
  • April 5, 2017: Henry Breneman Stewart, Communion for string quartet


  • October 23, 2015: Alex Williams, Visions and Fantasy for violin and piano
  • January 20, 2016: Erin Hoerchler, The Ballroom Blues for cello and piano
  • January 29, 2016: Luke Henderson, Mischief for flute and double bass
  • February 24, 2016: Trey Makler, It Was There All Along, for bassoon and piano
  • March 11, 2016: Benedetto Colagiovanni, Nightfall in La Bolline for solo piano
  • April 6, 2016: José Martínez, Instruction Manual for violin and piano


  • October 24, 2014 and January 16, 2015: Erin Hoerchler, Midnight Magnetism for piano trio
  • January 28, 2015: Justin Pounds, Awake! The Sky is Calling for solo piano
  • February 25, 2015: Trey Makler, First Study in Watercolor for violin and piano
  • April 8, 2015: José Martínez, Looking for the Clave for string quartet


  • October 25, 2013 and January 17, 2014: Haley Myers, Five-Minute Free Fall for violin, cello, and piano
  • January 29, 2014: Grant Bradshaw, A Celebratory Symphony for chamber orchestra
  • February 26, 2014: Robert Strobel, 1864 and Afterwards for string ensemble
  • March 7, 2014: Mingu Kim, The Road for violin and piano
  • April 23, 2014: Benedetto Colagiovanni, Confluence for piano quintet


  • November 9, 2012: Stephanie Berg, Gateway for clarinet and piano
  • February 5 and 6, 2013: Patrick David Clark, Snow Coming for solo piano
  • February 27, 2013: Grant Bradshaw, Cloudscapes for solo piano
  • April 10, 2013: Michael Anderson, An Exercise in Prayer for brass quintet

The Sinquefield Chartiable Foundation has also underwritten the commissioning of two works by Mizzou composition faculty member Stefan Freund: 

  • St. Louis Reds for string quartet
    premiered on October 12, 2012 for the 100th anniversary of the Sheldon Concert Hall
    performed by David Halen and members of the St. Louis Symphony
    chamber orchestra version premiered by Alarm Will Sound on October 17, 2014
  • con/fluences for chamber orchestra
    premiered on Ocrober 17, 2014 for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis
    performed by Alarm Will Sound