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Mizzou’s School of Music breaks ground on new building

by Dean Minderman


Although inclement weather forced the ceremony to be held indoors, the mood still was upbeat on the afternoon of Sunday, April 8 as the University of Missouri School of Music officially broke ground on its new building.

The facility is being constructed with a lead donation of $10 million from Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, and the Sinquefields were present for the ceremony in Stotler Lounge in the Memorial Student Union along with university administrators, faculty members, students, alumni and supporters of the School of Music.

The festivities were covered by local media including the Columbia Missourian, KBIA, and mid-Missouri ABC affiliate KMIZ.

Located on the corner of University Avenue and Hitt Street, the new School of Music building will allow the school to consolidate under one roof activities that now take place in seven different buildings across campus. The facility will contain classrooms, offices, practice space, and a recording studio, all separated by soundproof walls. The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019 and in use for classes in January 2020.

Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation addresses the crowd.

Artist’s rendering of the new School of Music building at Mizzou

Tuesday
10
April 2018
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Sinquefield Invention Lab in the news

by Dean Minderman

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The official opening of the Sinquefield Invention Lab and Training Center at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation has drawn press coverage from across Missouri and the USA.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured the Lab in a story by reporter Allison Colburn published on Thursday, July 13 and headlined “Does your kid have a wild imagination? He or she could become an Invention Scout.”

Colburn’s story explains the concept of the Lab and briefly recounts the story of how it came to be, along the way quoting Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation; Doug Callahan, Scout executive of the Great Rivers Council, which operates the Lab; and Lab manager Brendan Bagby.

Then on Monday, July 24, the Columbia Missourian published a feature story about the Lab by reporter Michael Cali, “New mid-Missouri invention lab offers Scouts a place to build their ideas.”

The feature includes quotes from Dr. Sinquefield and Babgy; Invention Scouts executive Thomas Yang; inventor and Scoutmaster Steve Goldstein, who helped Dr. Sinquefield develop the idea for the Lab; and from several Scouts who have had a chance to work in the Lab.

That story got picked up by the Associated Press, and with variations on the headline “Invention lab lets Missouri Boy Scouts build ideas,” ran in newspapers across the country, including the Centre Daily Times (Philadelphia), Bradenton Herald (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota, FL), Bellingham Herald (Seattle-Tacoma, WA), Miami Herald, Modesto Bee, Sacramento Bee, Belleville News-Democrat, Charlotte Observer, News & Observer (Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, NC), Rock Hill Herald (Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC – Anderson, SC), Fresno Bee, TriCity Herald (Spokane, WA), The State (Columbia, SC), Hilton Head Island Packet, Myrtle Beach Sun News, and SanLuisObispo.com.

In conjunction with their story, the Missourian also produced a short video, which you can see in the embedded window below.

Wednesday
02
August 2017
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Mizzou’s Summer Composition Institute
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by Dean Minderman
2017 Summer COMP participants with Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

2017 Summer COMP participants with Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

The University of Missouri’s Summer Composition Institute, held last month on the Mizzou campus, was the subject of a feature story in the Columbia Missourian.

The Summer Composition Institute, often referred to as “COMP Camp” or “Summer COMP,” brings together a select group of high school composers from around the state for a week of intensive instruction, culminating in a concert featuring new works written during the week by the campers. It is funded, along with all the other programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, with support from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

In the article “Young composers create music in just one week,” Missourian reporter Katherine Herrick explained what COMP Camp is all about and interviewed several campers, including Holden Franklin, a 17-year-old from Perryville.

“I always tell people that I love problem solving,” Franklin said. “There are so many different paths you can take, and if you have one idea in your brain, you get to look at all the different paths to see which one takes you to your final result…Over the years, I’ve just learned so much from this camp.”

You can read the entire article here. The Missourian also produced a short video about Summer COMP, which can be seen in the embedded player below.

Thursday
06
July 2017
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