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“City of Music” TV special pays tribute
to 250 years of St. Louis musical history

by Dean Minderman

Peter Martin and Denise Thimes at The Sheldon

Peter Martin and Denise Thimes at The Sheldon

“City of Music,” a two-hour television special exploring 250 years of St Louis’ contributions to America’s musical heritage, will premiere on PBS affiliate Nine Network in two parts at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.

Produced with funding from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, “City of Music” weaves historic narrative and interviews with live performances recorded last October at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis.

In addition to appearances by some of St. Louis’ top musicians, including Peter Martin, Denise Thimes, Kim Massie, Billy Peek, the Illphonics, the St. Louis Ragtimers and more, the concert also featured Alarm Will Sound performing works by Martin and the Mizzou New Music Initiative‘s Stefan Freund that were commissioned specifically for the occasion.

The concert and documentary both have their origins in an idea by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation’s Jeanne Sinquefield and Stefan Freund. “The concept was to celebrate the past and future of all the styles of original music from St Louis and Missouri,” said Sinquefield.

To make the idea a reality, they enlisted the help of Paul Reuter, executive director of The Sheldon. “Paul suggested having it at the Sheldon and making it a real gala,” Sinquefield said. “While Stefan and I provided general ideas for type of music and performers, the event never would have happened without Paul doing most of the work. He found the performers, commissioned the new works, and persuaded Nine Network to do the documentary on the concert.”

You can hear more about “City of Music” in this interview that Peter Martin and Nine Network’s Patrick Murphy did with St. Louis Public Radio.

A re-broadcast of both parts is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, and Nine Network also plans to distribute the program to other PBS affiliates around the nation.

March 2015
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Mizzou International Composers Festival
announces resident composers for 2015

by Dean Minderman

The Mizzou New Music Initiative has selected eight resident composers to participate in the 2015 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Presented by MNMI and the University of Missouri School of Music from Monday, July 20 through Saturday, July 25 in Columbia, the sixth annual MICF will feature world premieres of new works written by each of the selected composers.


Listed with their current places of residence, they are (from top left):
* Thomas Dougherty, Houston, TX
* Emily Koh, Waltham, MA
* Andrew McManus, Chicago, IL
* Justin Pounds, Columbia, MO
* Alessandro Ratoci, Lausanne, Switzerland
* Christopher Stark, St. Louis, MO
* Anthony Vine, Brooklyn, NY
* Conrad Winslow, Brooklyn, NY

The resident composers are chosen through a portfolio application process that this year attracted 231 entries from around the world, another new record for the MICF.

This year’s international representatives are Emily Koh, a native of Singapore currently pursuing a Ph.D. in composition and theory at Brandeis University in Boston; and Alessandro Ratoci, who was born in Tuscany, Italy and now teaches computer music at the Haute Ecole de Musique (HEMU) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Justin Pounds, a St. Louis native working on a master’s degree in composition at Mizzou, will represent the University of Missouri. The 2015 group also includes another current Missourian, Christopher Stark, who grew up in Montana and now is an assistant professor of composition at Washington University in St. Louis.

The 2015 Mizzou International Composers Festival will include a series of public concerts featuring music from the resident composers and other contemporary creators, as well as workshops, master classes, and other events.

The Festival’s guest composers for 2015 will be Hans Abrahamsen, a Danish composer whose spare yet lyrical works reflect his involvement in the “New Simplicity” movement of the 1960s; and Andrew Norman, a Los Angeles-based composer and teacher at the USC Thornton School of Music.

The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble, as they have since the MICF began in 2010.

During the festival, the eight resident composers will receive composition lessons from Abrahamsen and Norman; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; give public presentations on their music; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of a new work created specifically for the MICF and Alarm Will Sound.

A complete schedule of events, times, dates and venues for the 2015 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit

The Mizzou International Composers Festival 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 Mizzou New Music Initiative is the direct result of the generous support of Dr. Jeanne and Mr. Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

January 2015
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announces resident composers for 2015

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.

August 2014
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