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Mizzou New Music Initiative awards
postdoctoral fellowship to Carolina Heredia

by Dean Minderman


The Mizzou New Music Initiative and the University of Missouri School of Music have awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to composer Carolina Heredia.

Starting with the Fall 2017 semester and continuing for two years, Heredia (pictured) will teach private composition lessons to Mizzou students; assist with various MNMI programs; and work on interdisciplinary collaborative projects, initiating and supervising student efforts and also completing a major research project herself.

As MNMI’s second postdoctoral fellow, Heredia succeeds Phillip Sink, who is leaving Mizzou for a tenure-track job as assistant professor of theory and composition at Northern Illinois University.

Before beginning her fellowship, Heredia will have a chance to get acquainted with her new home as one of the eight resident composers for this year’s Mizzou International Composers Festival, a position for which she applied and was accepted last year.

“We were very impressed with Carolina’s work when we reviewed her application for the Mizzou International Composers Festival,” said Stefan Freund, professor of composition and artistic director of the MNMI. “The festival is a catalyst for all sorts of opportunities, and in this case, it led to a connection with a composer and teacher who is going to be a great addition to our program.”

“Carolina’s interest in interdisciplinary projects was particularly attractive to us, and potentially could strengthen our ties with the university’s art and theater departments and the College of Arts and Sciences’ new digital storytelling program,” said Julia Gaines, director/associate professor of percussion and director of the School of Music. “We’re delighted to have her as part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.“

Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Heredia comes to Mizzou from the University of Michigan, where she has just completed her doctorate in musical arts, studying with Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, and Erik Santos.

While at Michigan, she also taught electronic music as a graduate student instructor and founded the Khemia Ensemble, a contemporary music group dedicated to creating innovative concert experiences involving interactive technology.

Previously, she earned her bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Universidad and Nacional de Villa María, and a bachelor’s degree in violin from the Conservatorio Superior Félix Garzón, both in Argentina; and a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Michigan.

Her compositions have been commissioned and performed in the United States and South America by musicians and ensembles including JACK Quartet, Derek Bermel, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Duo Cortona, and the Argentinean Cordoba State String Orchestra, and featured at events such as the SONIC Festival NYC, Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowling Green New Music Festival, TIES Toronto International Electroacoustic Festival, SEAMUS, the Cordoba Composition Biennial, and more.

Heredia’s honors and fellowships include a 2015 commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University; the 2015 fellowship from the Susan and Ford Schumman Center for Composition Studies at the Aspen Music Festival; the Brehm Prize in Choral Composition (2015); the 2015 International Research Grant from the University of Michigan; the Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship (2012); the Merit Scholarship from the University of Michigan (2011); and the Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship (2011).

The programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative are made possible through the generous support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

June 2017
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postdoctoral fellowship to Carolina Heredia

Invention Lab featured in Jefferson City News-Tribune

by Dean Minderman


The mobile Sinquefield Invention Lab was featured last week in a story in the Jefferson City News-Tribune.

The article by the News-Tribune‘s Phillip Sitter documented the experiences of students at Jefferson City’s Cedar Hill Elementary School who got to use the Invention Lab, noting that this was “the first time a public school in Jefferson City had incorporated one into its summer school programming.”

The Invention Lab is operated by the Great Rivers Council of Boy Scouts, and is designed to give Scouts and students hands-on experience with “maker” technologies while encouraging creative thinking and the development of problem-solving skills, creativity and imagination in a team environment.

You can read the complete article here.


June 2017
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Sinquefields to contribute $6 million to youth sports foundation

by Dean Minderman
Artist's rendering of the proposed PowerPlex facility

The proposed site plan for the PowerPlex facility

Rex and Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield will contribute $6 million to the BASE (Baseball And Softball Education) Foundation for an education hub at a youth sports complex to be built in Chesterfield.

The gift, to be made over ten years, was announced on April 6 at a news conference at the Brew House in Ballpark Village, during which the foundation formally unveiled plans for the project, which will be called the POWERPlex. The project is being developed by a group of local investors that includes not-for-profit executive and former broadcaster Dan Buck and St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

Located just east of the City of Chesterfield’s Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, the 74-acre POWERPlex campus is intended to attract traveling youth and amateur sports teams from a broad area. The proposed facility will include dual sport domes, multiple turfed fields, and the educational hub, which will be named after the Sinquefields.

“We’re happy to fund the Center for Human Development, but those are fancy words. We want to do more than sports,” Jeanne Sinquefield said at the news conference. “We want to have an invention lab, teach chess and music, and you can have Scouting. You could do lots and lots of things.”

For more about the plans for POWERplex, you can see coverage of the announcement from several St. Louis media outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal, KMOV (CBS), KSDK (NBC) and KTRS-AM.

April 2017
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