January 2021

Front page graphic
from the Columbia Missourian, January 17, 2021 Read the article here  
Virtual Memorial Service graphic
We are not able to host the video of the Memorial Service on youtube because of potential copyright issues with the music that was included so it will be hosted on this webpage for one month.  Both the Tribute Video and the Photo Montage are...

November 2020

editorial cartoon by John Darkow

by editorial cartoonist John Darkow for the Sunday, November 22, 2020 paper

On November 19, 2020, the MU School of Music lost an icon.  Dr. Michael J. Budds began teaching at MU in 1982 and retired from full-time teaching in 2019.  He taught one class each semester last year after his retirement and was teaching a...
IDE Collective
Over the summer, in response to the events surrounding the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement, a group of faculty and students formed the University of Missouri School of Music Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Collective (MU...
It was a thrill when on June 29, 2020 I entered the Sinquefield Music Center Choir Hall to perform two pieces by Frederic Chopin.  On this video performance, I’ve included performances of Chopin’s lyrical Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2...
Safety Measures Slide
Current Plans/Safety Measures for Classes and Ensembles in the School of Music   We so want to make music together again!  In order to do that, we are initiating extra safety measures for Fall 2020, in addition to campus guidelines, to...

July 2020

MICF 2020 logo
Welcome to the 2020 Mizzou International Composers Festival Online! This year has been unlike any year in the festival’s history – normally at this time, our community would be bustling with composers and performers from around the world....


Comp music
Summer is always a busy time for the Mizzou New Music Initiative. Besides the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival, each June we welcome up to sixteen high school-aged composers to campus for the Missouri Summer Composition Institute (or “...

January 2020

Piano in SMC lobby

November 2019

Pickard photo
This week, we've been remembering the extraordinary life of Dr. Alexander Pickard and the impact he had on the University of Missouri community, particularly the School of Music.  He arrived on campus in 1961 and retired in 2002 after 41 years...