Sinquefield prize composition to premiere at Chancellor's Arts Showcase
School of Music

On Feb. 24, attendees to the Chancellor’s Arts Showcase will be the first audience to hear a new composition by Morima, a senior music composition major in the College of Arts & Science.

As winner of the Sinquefield Composition Prize, Morima received $2,500 and a commission to write the composition for the University Philharmonic Orchestra, in which they play the cello. The work will also be professionally recorded.

At its conclusion, I was left longing for more music.

Morima takes inspiration from a diverse range of composers, including the 16th century’s Claudio Monteverdi, the contemporary singer-songwriter Mitski and many others. 

The piece with which Morima won the Sinquefield prize, titled “From My Lungs, into Thine,” is a piece for unaccompanied voices written as a classical-style madrigal with pop-inspired rhythm and syncopation.

As one of the competition's adjudicators, composer and Northern Arizona University faculty member Bruce Reiprich said, “At its conclusion, I was left longing for more music.”

The new work Morima has written for the University Philharmonic Orchestra is titled “toy piano concerto” and will be conducted by Morima’s instructor, Yoshiaki Onishi, a visiting assistant professor of composition at the School of Music.

Alongside Morima’s composition, the Chancellor’s Arts Showcase will also feature creative works by students representing Architectural Studies, the School of Music, the School of Visual Studies, Textile & Apparel Management, and Theatre.

The Chancellor’s Arts Showcase is 6:30–9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Missouri Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more and register online.