Mizzou New Music Initiative, Creating Original Music Project featured on St. Louis Public Radio
Mizzou New Music Initiative managing director William Lackey, junior composition major Ben Colagiovanni and composer, clarinetist and Mizzou alumna Stephanie Berg were guests this past Friday, April 3 on St. Louis Public Radio’s program “CityScape.”
In the segment, they talked with host Steve Potter about the Creating Original Music Project, the annual statewide competition for Missouri student composers in grades K-12. The annual COMP Festival showcasing the original compositions of this year’s winners will take place on Saturday, April 18 at Whitmore Recital Hall on the Mizzou campus. COMP and the Mizzou New Music Initiative both are made possible with funding from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.
Colagiovanni was a two-time COMP winner while a student at Clayton High School, before enrolling at Mizzou with a full Sinquefield Scholarship to study composition, and Berg helped administer COMP as one of her many MNMI-related activities while a graduate student. They discussed their personal experiences with the program, while Lackey provided background and context about the competition, the COMP Festival, and the entire Mizzou New Music Initiative. You can listen to the segment online here.