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Construction progressing on Mizzou’s
new School of Music building

by Dean Minderman

After a ground-breaking ceremony in April, construction of the University of Missouri School of Music’s new building has been progressing throughout the spring and summer. For an overview of what’s happened so far, check out the embedded video in this post.

The new building will bring together in one place offices and classrooms that currently are spread across six different locations on the Mizzou campus, and is scheduled to open in time for the Fall 2019 semester. The project is being funded by donations including a $10 million lead gift from Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Work will be ongoing for the next year, and you can see regular updates from the site via the “construction cam” accessible from the School of Music’s website.

Thursday
16
August 2018
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new School of Music building

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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Mizzou’s Summer Composition Institute
featured in Columbia Missourian

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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