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University of Missouri School of Music celebrates
opening of Sinquefield Music Center

by Dean Minderman

The University of Missouri School of Music celebrated the opening of its new building, the Sinquefield Music Center, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Saturday, February 1.

The building (pictured) is named for lead donors Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, who contributed $10 million toward the $24 million total cost of design and construction. Located in the heart of campus on University Avenue, the 47,000 square foot facility includes dedicated spaces for vocal and instrumental ensemble performances, 26 practice rooms, and a recording studio large enough to fit an 18-piece jazz big band.

Attendees at the ceremony heard remarks from Dr. Sinquefield; University of Missouri chancellor Alexander Cartwright; College of Arts and Sciences dean Pat Okker; and the School of Music’s director, Dr. Julia Gaines, who called the new facility “a game changer” for the department, the university, the city of Columbia, and the state.

They also heard the Mizzou New Music Ensemble perform “Construction,” a new work composed specifically for the occasion by Mizzou student and 2019 Sinquefield Composition Prize winner Niko Schroeder, and after the program concluded, had the opportunity to tour the building.

You can read the MU News Bureau’s coverage of the ribbon cutting and open house here, and an interview with Julia Gaines about what the opening of the Sinquefield Music Center means for the School of Music here. In addition, the bureau produced a video about the building, which can be seen in the embed window below.

The building and Saturday’s event prompted three stories in the Columbia Missourian, about the Sinquefields’ ongoing support of music at Mizzou, the efforts to get the building ready to open, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

More media attention came from a feature in the Columbia Daily Tribune, as well as national coverage from a story by the Associated Press.

Exterior photo of the Sinquefield Music Center by Dale Lloyd. Other photos by Bob Jacquin.

February 2020
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Mizzou’s School of Music breaks ground on new building

by Dean Minderman

Although inclement weather forced the ceremony to be held indoors, the mood still was upbeat on the afternoon of Sunday, April 8 as the University of Missouri School of Music officially broke ground on its new building.

The facility is being constructed with a lead donation of $10 million from Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, and the Sinquefields were present for the ceremony in Stotler Lounge in the Memorial Student Union along with university administrators, faculty members, students, alumni and supporters of the School of Music.

The festivities were covered by local media including the Columbia Missourian, KBIA, and mid-Missouri ABC affiliate KMIZ.

Located on the corner of University Avenue and Hitt Street, the new School of Music building will allow the school to consolidate under one roof activities that now take place in seven different buildings across campus. The facility will contain classrooms, offices, practice space, and a recording studio, all separated by soundproof walls. The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019 and in use for classes in January 2020.

Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation addresses the crowd.

Artist’s rendering of the new School of Music building at Mizzou

April 2018
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Mizzou New Music Summer Festival reveals composers

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By Aarik Danielsen, January 9, 2012

It’s just January 9, and yet you can almost hear the sizzling sounds of summer radiating from the University of Missouri School of Music.

Today, MU released the names of the eight resident composers who will play a prominent role in this summer’s Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, the third go-round of the now-annual event. The festival is a major component of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an artistic enterprise designed to further Columbia’s status as a modern-day hub for creativity and composition.

Each summer, emerging composers meet, mingle and make music with two veterans of the art form, then have their works premiered by an ensemble at the vanguard of new music, Alarm Will Sound (which features MU professor Stefan Freund). A number of other public concerts, workshops and rehearsals give area listeners a unique, intimate opportunity to be allowed into the creative process and affords an understanding of how and where new sounds are entering the atmosphere.

From 144 applicants across the globe, these eight were chosen:

Stephanie Berg, Columbia

Brian Ciach, Bloomington, Ind.

David Crowell, New York

Stylianos Dimou, Rochester, N.Y.

Ted Goldman, Rochester, N.Y.

Patrick Harlin, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Asha Srinivasan, Appleton, Wis.

Charlie Piper, London

These composers will have the opportunity to interact with established composers Steven Stucky, a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor at Cornell University, and acclaimed Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy.

The festival will take place July 23 through 28. More details will be announced in the coming days. For now, you can learn more here and read a small sampling of our coverage of last year’s festival:

“A New Song Rising at MU”

“Mizzou New Music Summer Festival brings dynamic debuts, dialogue”

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January 2012
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