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Mizzou composer Trey Makler wins 2015 Sinquefield Composition Prize

by Dean Minderman

Trey Makler

The University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative have awarded the 2015 Sinquefield Composition Prize to Trey Makler.

Makler, a junior from Farmington, MO, is studying composition at Mizzou with W. Thomas McKenney and Stefan Freund. He submitted “Elysium,” a work for chamber ensemble, to the competition and was selected for the prize by a panel of independent judges.

The adjudicators for the 2015 competition were Mara Gibson, associate teaching professor, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance ; Eric Honour, professor of music and director of the Center for Music Technology, University of Central Missouri; and Nick Omiccioli, composer.

Now in its tenth year, the Sinquefield Composition Prize is the top award for a composition student at Mizzou. As this year’s winner, Makler now will have the opportunity to write an original work for Mizzou’s University Philharmonic, which will receive its world premiere on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the annual Chancellor’s Concert in Columbia. With the commission, he also receives a cash prize for the production of the score and parts, and will have his work recorded.

In addition to “Elysium,” written for the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and performed this summer at an event for Forest Park Forever, Makler has had several other notable premieres and commissions in his young career. They include a collaboration with choreographer LeeAnn Davis; second prize in the 2014 Mizzou Collaborative Arts Initiative; and a commission from the Sheldon Concert Hall, with the support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation and the Mizzou New Music Initiative, for a new work for violin and piano to be premiered in February 2015 at The Sheldon.

As an oboist, Makler performs with the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as in various other ensembles and chamber groups on campus and in the community of Columbia. He currently is vice-president of the Mizzou Composer’s Guild and president of the Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity.

The other finalists for the 2015 Sinquefield Composition Prize were Kaylene Cypret, Justin Pounds, and Matthew Stiens.

The Sinquefield Composition Prize competition is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an array of programs intended to position the University of Missouri School of Music as a leading center in the areas of composition and new music. The Initiative is the direct result of the generous support of Dr. Jeanne and Mr. Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Monday
13
October 2014
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Youth music programs featured on NewMusicBox

by Dean Minderman
Jeanne Sinquefield with C.O.M.P. award winner HyunJun (John) Yoo of Columbia

Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation with multiple C.O.M.P. award winner HyunJun (John) Yoo of Columbia

Two music programs for young people supported by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation are featured in a recent article on the website NewMusicBox.

The piece spotlights the University of Missouri’s Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.), a statewide composition contest for students in grades K-12 that is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, as well as a collaborative project between members of the ensemble Alarm Will Sound and the Community Music School of Webster University.

NewMusicBox is the online publication of New Music USA, a not-for-profit organization based in New York City that serves the new American music community through grantmaking, advocacy, and media platforms that bridge music makers with their audience.

Tuesday
19
August 2014
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Mizzou International Composers Festival turns five

by Dean Minderman
Zhou Long, a guest composer at the 2014 Mizzou International Composers Festival, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2011 for his opera Madame White Snake.

Zhou Long, a guest composer at the 2014 Mizzou International Composers Festival, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2011 for his opera Madame White Snake.

The fifth annual Mizzou International Composers Festival is being held this week, with concerts on Thursday, July 24; Friday, July 25; and Saturday, July 26 at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune‘s Aarik Danielsen previewed the festival with a feature story on Sunday, July 20, plus interviews with guest composer Nico Muhly and resident composer Nicholas Omiccioli.

On Thursday, July 24, the Columbia Missourian published a preview story about the festival, and VOX magazine, which is distributed with the Missourian every Thursday, profiled three of this year’s resident composers.

Then on Friday, July 25, the MICF was featured on the morning newscast of Columbia’s local NBC affiliate KOMU.

Also in Columbia, Stefan Freund – Mizzou professor, co-artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, and cellist with the festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound – appeared on KBIA’s “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper” to talk about the festival. You can see and hear that conversation in the embedded video below.

St. Louis magazine also previewed the MICF, interviewing Muhly and his fellow guest composer, Pulitzer Prize winner Zhou Long (pictured) of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance.

The Mizzou International Composers Festival is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an array of programs intended to position the the University of Missouri’s School of Music as a leading center for music composition and new music. The programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative are made possible through the support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Wednesday
23
July 2014
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