Music

Guest Artist 

(Perez-Mesa Lecture Series)

"Beethoven's Deafness: Psychological Crisis and Artistic Triumph" by Richard Kogan, piano

Free admission

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, residents of Westphalia, Mo., have given a gift of more than $2 million over three years to the University of Missouri to support the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI). The MNMI brings together a diverse array of programs which position the MU School of Music as a leading national and international center in the areas of composition and new music. This latest gift will support the MNMI through 2019.

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

Awarded to one or more outstanding students enrolled in Marching Mizzou.

Cole Porter event

• 6:00 PM Champagne Reception

• Dinner with wine

• Unique Musical Program featuring  MU faculty and students singing and  playing the music of Cole Porter

• Donation to the FOM 2016 U Tickets: $75 per person A cash bar will be available throughout the  evening. 

2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many outstanding alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the quality of life for humankind, and in doing so have reflected well on the College of Arts and Science.


Major Garrett
BA ’84 political science, BJ ’84

University of Missouri composition student Ben Colagiovanni has won this year’s award in the “Young Artist” category of the Missouri state division of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) composition competition.

Colagiovanni, a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music composition at Mizzou, was recognized for “Forest Park Rhapsody.”

One or more annual awards to students enrolled in the School of Music.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA) will honor broadcasting legend Jann Carl, internationally recognized geneticist Jerry Taylor, and 13 other outstanding faculty and alumni at its 49th annual Faculty-Alumni Awards Ceremony on Nov. 11 in the Reynolds Alumni Center. The Distinguished Service Award, Distinguished Faculty Award and Faculty-Alumni Awards will be presented to outstanding MU faculty and alumni.

Awarded to an outstanding full-time undergraduate student who has given exceptional performance service as a member of the sousaphone section of Marching Mizzou.  

WHAT: The University of Missouri School of Music, the Department of Theatre and the Department of Art will host the Chancellor’s Arts Showcase, “The Jefferson Era,” to be held on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.

Two College of Arts and Science faculty members and a graduate student in theater have received awards for instruction in writing-intensive courses. The Campus Writing Program presented the awards to Assistant Teaching Professor Gabriel Fried in the Department of English, Curators Professor of Music Michael Budds, and Department of Theatre graduate student Sarah Senff during a ceremony at the Celebration of Teaching Awards breakfast at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Annual scholarship to a deserving Marching Mizzou band member. The recipient shall be the band member(s) who exhibit(s) the most spirit and dedication to Marching Mizzou and to MU.

Provides one or more annual awards to students majoring in music.

One or more awards to undergraduate or graduate string majors who may be either incoming or continuing students.

The University of Missouri Band program is excited to host the 2015 Champion of Champions Marching Band Contest. For many years this event has been an annual affair for Missouri high school bands, and we are pleased to bring back the quality experience that you will enjoy. Best wishes to all participants!

Map to Memorial Stadium

University Concert Series Presents the Chancellor's Arts Showcase: Celebrating Shakespeare in the Arts, April 11 at 7:30 p.m., at the Missouri Theatre, 203 South Ninth Street, Columbia, Missouri.

Chancellor's Arts poster

 

Every year, the MU School of Music holds a special Chancellor’s Concert in the spring, but this year the event will look different. It has been transformed into an arts showcase and will include the Department of Theatre and the Department of Art as well. The event is being held on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, and it will include selected works from the Jeffersonian era.

One annual award shall be made to an outstanding band student.

The University Singers will present "Tradition and Influence: The African-American Musical Legacy," March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Columbia. The group is conducted by R. Paul Crabb, director of choral activities at the School of Music, and features accompanist Jenna Braaksma. Crabb says the concert was prepared to inform and educate audiences about the influence of African-American musicians and poets following the events on the MU campus last fall.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators today approved plans to construct a new School of Music building on the Columbia campus. The board’s action allows Phase 1 of the project to move forward; fundraising will continue toward Phase 2 of the overall plan, which includes a 500-seat concert hall.  

Awarded to an outstanding wind or percussion student enrolled in a university concert band.

The Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, with the assistance of the School of Music, is very proud to present: De Organographia: Music of the Ancient Greeks. This is a concert and a demonstation of the oldest extant musical scores from Europe, performed on reproductions of the original instruments.

Wed., Oct. 18

Whitmore Recital Hall

7:00 PM

The recipient will be a Missouri resident in the high-need category for financial aid. One or more annual awards to undergraduate students who are members of Marching Mizzou. Preference shall be given to incoming freshman and/or transfer students who have earned an AA degree prior to enrolling at MU.

Provides fellowships/scholarships for students studying cello.

One or more annual scholarships; first preference to students studying vocal or violin music.

Provides annual awards for full-time students studying piano.

One annual scholarship shall be given to an entering freshman enrolled in the School of Music. The student must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for his or her freshman year and maintain at least a 2.5 for the remainder of the undergraduate program. First preference shall be given to an accordion or piano player.

One or more annual awards to worthy students enrolled in the fine arts. The recipient may be a graduate or undergraduate who is worthy and deserving, has a good academic record, and exhibits initiative and integrity. The award rotates between art, music, and theater.

Awards for students in the jazz area to promote their career in commercial jazz music.

One or more annual awards to students enrolled in the School of Music. The scholarships are given to both music majors and non-majors, and all scholarship awardees are required to study in the studio of one of the applied music faculty.

Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate wind, string, or piano student with high scholastic ability and good character who has made important contributions to activities of the School of Music.

One or more awards made to outstanding music majors in the School of Music.

Professor Wendy Sims received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Kent State University and her doctorate in music education from Florida State University. She has been a member of the University of Missouri faculty since 1985.

Awarded to a full-time student of exceptional musical ability enrolled as a piano major in the bachelor of music degree program.

One or more annual scholarship awards shall be given to students who are member(s) of Marching Mizzou, the University Wind Ensemble, or the Symphonic Band. Recipients must be a resident of Missouri and in good academic standing. Recipient must show a financial need.

The University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band, under the direction of Arthur White, takes on the University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dan Gailey, Dec. 12 at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. "Border Showdown 3" takes place in The Blue Room at the museum, with shows at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Go Mizzou!

Awarded to a music major with piano emphasis; recipient must have financial need and demonstrate dedication to the understanding and enjoyment of music; GPA is not a selection criterion.

Mizzou graduate student José Martínez has been selected by Third Coast Percussion to take part in their Emerging Composers Partnership for the 2016-17 season.

The Chicago-based ensemble chose Martínez and Princeton graduate student Annika K. Socolofsky from among 99 applicants this year for the partnership program, which now is entering its third season.

Awarded to an undergraduate enrolled in the bachelor of music degree program in piano performance or the bachelor of music education program with a piano concentration. Recipient shall have innate musical talent, a capacity to work diligently, a commitment to musical progress, and a desire to share music through teaching and performance.  

One or more annual awards to outstanding string instrument performers in the University Philharmonic Orchestra.

Join us for an invigorating evening of jazz, funk, and Rhythm & Blues with award-winning jazz bassist and vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello. The artist will be joined by MU's jazz band under the direction of Dr. Arthur White. Following the performance, Dr. Stephanie Shonekan will moderate a discussion with Ndegeocello.

Recipients eligible for this award shall be music majors who are not members of Phi Mu Alpha. Each recipient must meet the following criteria: 1) be a music major in good standing; 2) must have completed at least 90 credit hours of satisfactory course work in a music or music-education degree program; 3) be a current member of Zeta Chapter in good standing, and 4) have earned a high scholastic record.

One or more annual awards to students enrolled in the School of Music.

As a musicologist, Michael Budds has devoted his career to the subjects of American music, the history of African-American music, and music in Victorian England. He studies famous musicians all the time, but he has never considered himself to be hall-of-fame material.

The University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative have awarded the 2017 Sinquefield Composition Prize to Douglas Osmun.

Osmun, who grew up in Zeeland, MI, is a first-year graduate student at Mizzou studying composition with Stefan Freund. He submitted “First Fig,” a work written for alto voice, cello and piano, to the competition and was selected for the prize by a panel of independent judges.

The Mizzou New Music Initiative and the University of Missouri School of Music have awarded the Initiative’s first-ever postdoctoral fellowship to composer Phillip Sink.

Starting with the Fall 2016 semester, Sink will teach classes in composition and electronic music at Mizzou, and also will begin a major research project to be completed during the two years of his fellowship.

Flutes, Oboes, Clarinets, Saxophones, and Bassoons! Middle School through High School players are welcome to a day of masterclasses, performances by faculty, and by YOU!

Early Registration January 11:

The MU Jazz Society and MU Jazz Studies presents "MU Jazz at 50: MU Concert Jazz Band" featuring nationally-renowned trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker, Nov. 9 at the Missouri Theatre. Sponsored by the MU School of Music, MU Jazz and the Chancellor's Distinguished Visitors Fund.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and Commerce Bank Chair Jim Schatz today awarded one of the 2014 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence to Ann Harrell, an associate professor of voice and voice area coordinator in the School of Music in the MU College of Arts and Science.

The MU School of Music presents "2015 Holiday Brass" at the Missouri United Methodist Church, Nov. 30 at 7 pm. The show features performances by the University of Missouri Faculty Brass Quintet, a special holiday brass choir, the MU Trombone Choir, the MU Trumpet Ensemble, the Mizzou Horn Choir and the MU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.

The MU School of Music presents "Electric New Music," Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm at the Missouri Theatre with special guests Roberto Maggio, Feral States, Ryan Wall, and Grant Bradshaw.

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Location: Touhill Performing Arts Center
One University Boulevard  
St. Louis, Missouri 63121

SOM reveal

In December, the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved construction of a new School of Music building. Planning of the exciting new facility began immediately and on March 21, we will unveil publicly, for the first time, renderings of what the new building will look like. You are invited. Please join us for this historic day.

One or more scholarships to a music major who is planning a teaching career. The recipient may be an entering freshman, and the award is renewable. If no qualified undergraduate applies, then the award may be given to a graduate student.

One or more annual awards to students in the School of Music with preference given to those demonstrating outstanding accomplishments in music.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sam Hamra, a native of Springfield, Missouri, has given $100,000 to the University of Missouri to help fund the planning, design and construction of the proposed new School of Music building on the MU campus in honor of his wife, June.

This summer, MU undergraduate and graduate classical guitarists will have the opportunity to study abroad in Chartres, France, from July 22 through Aug. 5. The unique study-abroad program is sponsored by the University of Missouri International Center and the School of Music.

Scholarships for junior, senior, or graduate students in music education who possess outstanding teaching potential. After graduation the recipient shall teach music in a public or private school or college for at least two years. Each recipient must agree that if she or he does not actually teach for as long as two years during the 10-year period after graduation the scholarship funds received will be returned to the fund.

Candidates for degrees in music who during the year have done work of exceptional merit in the field of musical composition, to be judged on the basis of content rather than technique; one man and one woman are to be selected.

Matthew Stiens, a senior percussion performance major in the School of Music, received the 2014 TorQ Percussion Seminar Composition Competition grand prize for his composition, an exciting piece called “Eristic.” TorQ is a highly regarded Canadian quartet, known for their engaging performances. They will play “Eristic” at the TorQ Percussion Seminar Finale Concert July 27.

Peter Miyamoto, associate professor of piano, once endured a three-hour lesson about three lines of music.  It was grueling, but he says, “I learned everything I know about music in that one lesson.” From an early age, he has devoted time, energy, talent, and passion to piano performance, and the hard work is paying off.

Each recipient must meet the following criteria: 1) be a music major in good standing, 2) must have completed at least 90 credit hours of satisfactory course work in a music or music-education degree program, 3) be a current member of Zeta Chapter in good standing, and 4) have earned a high scholastic record.

MU faculty, staff, and patrons of the arts got a first glimpse of the designs for the new School of Music building, to be located at the intersection of Hitt Street and University Avenue. The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved Phase One of the building project last December.

There are a lot of occupations that are inherently at risk for injuries, such as farming or firefighting or construction. But unless you are a musician, you probably don’t consider being a pianist a profession that entails much risk of injury. Paola Savvidou, an assistant professor of piano pedagogy at MU, says there is actually a very high risk of physical injury to pianists.

Awarded to exemplary students who have attained junior standing as a music major and demonstrate exceptional achievement in music.

One or more annual scholarships to students in the School of Music.

Given each year to a deserving music or music education student.

Annual award(s) made to deserving students who are in financial need. These students shall be of good character and demonstrate high scholastic aptitude. Rotates between art, theatre, and music.

Awarded to outstanding students in the University Singers who are worthy in character, have financial need, and show intention to remain members of the Singers.

Awarded to talented undergraduate or graduate string students enrolled as full-time music performance or music education majors. Restricted to students whose principal instrument is the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Recipients other than incoming freshmen must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree program.

Awarded to a full-time, out-of-state undergraduate woodwind player majoring in music; must have financial need, have been in the upper one-third of the high-school graduating class, and maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA.

One or more annual scholarship awards shall be given to masters or doctoral students enrolled in the School of Music. Preference shall be given to students who graduated from a high school in Missouri.Additional preference shall be given to a soprano with an opera or professional (University professor) teaching emphasis.

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WHAT: The School of Music in the MU College of Arts and Science begins its 100th anniversary celebration with a concert at Missouri Theatre.

The University of Missouri School of Music has hired Erin Cooper to be the new Director of Marching Mizzou, one of the most visible ensembles in the School of Music and the largest student organization on campus. Cooper has been Director of Bands at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma, for the past year.

Patrick Graham’s nomination to the University of Missouri Board of Curators will not become official until the Missouri Senate approves the appointment, but the MU junior is not sitting around waiting for lawmakers to act. Since Governor Nixon nominated Graham as the next student representative on the Board of Curators in March, Graham has attended public forums of the presidential search committee and went to listening sessions with students at UMKC and at MU.

Music Entrepreneur and Tubist, Andrew Hitz will talk about his work on his popular podcast, "The Entrepreneurial Musician Podcast."

He has been a member of the Boston Brass for several years and now works with entrepreneurs giving advice on how to survive and thrive in the music industry.

The MU School of Music and University Concert Series present the Show-me Opera, "Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)," directed by Christine Seitz, with the University Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Edward Dolbashion, March 11 & 12 at the Missouri Theatre. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Marriage of Figaro

Trey Makler, a junior oboe and composition major in the School of Music, received the 2015 Sinquefield Composition Prize for his chamber ensemble piece, “Elysium” (click to listen). Every year, the Sinquefield Composition Prize is awarded to the top composition student at MU.

The University Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Edward Dolbashion, will perform tonight at the Missouri Theatre. Tonight's performance features pianist Zero Wang, the Concerto Competition winner.

The University Singers presents "Tradition and Influence: The African-American Musical Legacy," March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Columbia. The group is conducted by Paul Crabb, director of choral activities at the School of Music, and features accompanist Jenna Braaksma. Crabb says the concert was prepared following the events on the MU campus last fall to inform and educate audiences about the influence of African-American musicians and poets.

The University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Brian Silvey with guest conductor Fuller Lyon, will perform 'Vientos y Tangos" Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm at the Missouri Theatre. The University Wind Ensemble will perform works by Copeland, Gandolfi, Gillingham, Bryant, and David.

Annual scholarship to a student in music enrolled in his or her first two years at MU.

One or more annual awards to undergraduate student(s) who are majoring in music, and/or one or more annual awards to graduate student(s) working toward a master's of music degree or a master's of education degree with a major in music.

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