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Creating Original Music Project concert to present award-winning works from Missouri student composers on Saturday, April 19 in Columbia

by Dean Minderman

New award-winning works by Missouri student composers will be performed at the 2014 Creating Original Music Project Festival, which will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 19 in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. The concert also will be streamed live online at

For nine years, the annual Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.) competition has championed Missouri’s youngest composers, awarding cash prizes and performance opportunities to elementary, middle school, and high school students from across the state.

A joint venture of the University of Missouri School of Music and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, which provides an annual gift of $60,000 to sponsor the competition, C.O.M.P. was created in 2005 to encourage K-12 students in Missouri to write original musical works and to encourage performances of those works.

The winning composers in each of seven different categories and their schools receive cash prizes, and high school winners also receive a scholarship to attend Mizzou’s high school summer music composition camp.

“As recognition for Missouri as a center for new music continues to grow, we’re delighted that students from all around the state continue to express themselves, develop their skills, and be recognized for their talents,” said Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. “For some of these kids, C.O.M.P. could be a first step toward a career as a composer or musician. We’ve already seen some winners become music majors in college, and given time, encouragement and hard work, there’s no telling how far they may go.”

The 2014 Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.) competition categories and winners are:

Elementary School – Songs with Words
1) Sadie Tanner of Maplewood-Richmond Heights Elementary School, Richmond Heights, for “Trees.” Music teacher: Kristin Tanner. Sponsor: John Israel.
2) Grace Filer of Harrisonville Christian School, Harrisonville, for “Imagination.” Music teacher and sponsor: Al Sancken.
3) Elizabeth Hess of Southern Boone County Elementary School, Ashland, for “Magic.” Music teacher and sponsor: Sean Hennessey.

Elementary School – Instrumental
1) Weston Krenn of The Summit Preparatory School, Springfield, for “Frolic.” Music teacher and sponsor: Shawn Keech.
2) Emily Chevalier of The Country Schoolhouse, Amazonia, for “Winter’s Promise.” Music teacher: Rebecca Quimby. Sponsor: Michelle Bland.
3) Amelia Markwell of Green Trails Elementary School, Chesterfield, for “The Four-Leaf Clover.” Music teacher and sponsor: Jacquelyn Gross.

Middle School – Popular
1) Samuel Luetkemeyer of Immanuel Lutheran at Honey Creek, Jefferson City, for “The Jacks of Swing.” Sponsor: Debra Leech.
2) Emma Reinagel of Oakville Middle School, Mehlville, for “When You’re Awake.” Music teacher and sponsor: Lacey Cupp.
3) Menea Kefalov and Ande Siegel of Ladue Middle School, Ladue, for “You’re Alone.” Music teacher: Leah Gastman. Sponsors: Leah Gastman, Jeffrey W. Lidhorst and Elizabeth Dalby.

Middle School – Fine Art
1) Brandon Thibodeau of Kearney Middle School, Kearney, for “A Collaborative Conversation.” Music teacher: Narong Prangcharoen. Sponsor: Chris Heil.
2) Soyoung (Mary) Park of Smithton Middle School, Columbia, for “Dreamcatcher.” Music teacher: Eun Kim. Sponsor: Nellie Schrantz.
3) HyunJun (John) Yoo of West Middle School, Columbia, for “Rhythm Festival.” Music teacher and sponsor: Julie Swope.

High School – Jazz
1) Brian Lollman of Raytown South High School, Raytown, for “96.” Music teacher and sponsor: Michelle Dake.
2) Adam Cohen of Parkway Central High School, Chesterfield, for “Smokey Lounge.” Music teacher and sponsor: Winifred Crock

High School – Popular
1) Tanner Qualls, a home-schooled student from Lee’s Summit, for “Both Sides.” Music teacher and sponsor: Becky Qualls.
2) Kael Upschulte of Jefferson City High School, Jefferson City, for “Break Through.” Sponsor: Beth Dampf.
3) Silas Luetkemeyer of Calvary Lutheran High School, Jefferson City, for “Sunshine Rain.” Sponsor: Melissa Ahlers.

High School – Fine Art
1) Dustin Dunn of South Iron High School, Ironton, for “Mortuis Loqui.” Music teacher and sponsor: Eva Barnes.
2) Hans Heruth of Liberty High School, Liberty, for “Perception.” Music teacher and sponsor: Rika K. Heruth.
3) Joseph Misterovich of The Summit Preparatory School of Southwest Missouri, Springfield, for “i stand in the moon and call it good.” Music teacher: John Prescott. Sponsor: Shawn Keech.

Each student who enters the competition must have the signature and sponsorship of his or her school’s music teacher. Community agencies, churches, after-school programs, private teachers and other musical mentors also may sponsor their young musicians in partnership with the student’s school music teacher.

The Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P) 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 Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

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Alarm Will Sound to perform Tuesday, April 1 at The Pageant and Friday, May 30 at the Sheldon Concert Hall

by Dean Minderman


Alarm Will Sound will complete their second St. Louis season this spring with a pair of performances creating new connections between concert hall, club, and classroom.

On Tuesday, April 1, the acclaimed chamber orchestra will make their debut at top local rock/pop venue The Pageant with a program of “electronica-inspired” music, featuring eight of their arrangements of Aphex Twin compositions recorded on their 2005 album Acoustica.

The performance also will include a reprise of Steve Reich’s Radio Rewrite, inspired by the music of Radiohead; Fly By Wire, written for AWS by acclaimed young composer Tyondai Braxton, the son of avant-jazz saxophonist Anthony Braxton; and Dowland Remix, an original work by AWS pianist John Orfe.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., with the concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 for general admission, and are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets and The Pageant box office.

Then on Friday, May 30, Alarm Will Sound will return to the Sheldon Concert Hall with an evening of contemporary compositions featuring guest performances by elementary, middle-school and high school students from Webster University’s Community Music School and Kindermusik.

The concert will let CMS students show off what they’ve learned over the past year in workshops and master classes with members of Alarm Will Sound, as they take the stage side-by-side to perform Steve Reich’s Clapping Music as well as short works by John Adams, Elena Kats-Chernin, Vinko Globokar, and David Biedenbender.

To complete the program, Alarm Will Sound also will play Adams’ 1996 composition Scratchband and excerpts from Irish composer Donnancha Dennehy’s The Hunger, an extended work developed through the group’s first US performance of it at the 2012 Mizzou International Composers Festival in Columbia.

The May 30 concert at The Sheldon starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $20 for adults, $10 for students, and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15 at all Metrotix outlets; by phone at 314-534-1111; online at; and at The Sheldon box office.

Alarm Will Sound’s performances in St. Louis are part of a regional effort that began in 2010 when the group became the resident ensemble at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in Columbia. Through their continuing involvement with the MICF, they forged a relationship with the Festival’s sponsors, philanthropist Jeanne Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, that led to the Foundation’s sponsorship of the group’s performances in Columbia and St. Louis.

A 20-member ensemble dedicated to the creation, performance, and recording of today’s music, Alarm Will Sound (pictured) has established a reputation for performing demanding music with infectious energy and consummate skill. The group was founded in 2001 by former students of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and since then has performed regularly throughout the United States and in Europe.

The New York Times has called Alarm Will Sound “the future of classical music” and “the very model of a modern music chamber band.” ASCAP recognized their contributions to new music with a 2006 Concert Music Award for “the virtuosity, passion and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century.”

Their performances have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity” by the London Financial Times and as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by the San Francisco Chronicle, while Time Out New York has declared that Alarm Will Sound are “not just extraordinary musicians but also next-generation thinkers.”

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