Mizzou International Composers Festival


Founded in 2010, the Mizzou International Composers Festival has been heralded as one of the premier contemporary music events in the Midwest. The MICF has been called “a vibrant inferno of creative energy” by the internationally syndicated radio program “Relevant Tones,” and praised for offering “kinetic excitement” by the hometown Columbia Daily Tribune.

Presented by the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the University of Missouri School of Music, the festival is held every year in July in Columbia, MO. The week-long series of workshops, open rehearsals, and concerts culminates in the world premieres of eight new works written by up-and-coming resident composers, performed by the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound (pictured).

The resident composers are selected from all around the world through a portfolio application process. During the festival, the resident composers receive composition lessons from distinguished guest composers,  take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound, and give presentations on their music.  In addition to the premiere performance, they also receive a  professional live recording of their work.

Other programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative:

Mizzou New Music Ensemble Graduate Assistantships
Creating Original Music Project (COMP)
Composer Connection (a distance-learning initiative)