Aarik Danielsen Columbia Daily Tribune
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The University of Missouri School of Music has named its choral hall after one of its most well-known songbirds.

The space where its choirs rehearse and perform is now called Sheryl Crow Hall, for the revered singer-songwriter, according to a Facebook post on Friday morning. Crow, a Kennett native, graduated from MU in 1984 with a degree in music education. 

Crow provided a boost as the school raised money for its Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield Music Center, where her namesake hall is housed, the post noted. 

"Her signature benefit concert in 2015 was a highlight of the campaign. We are so grateful to her for making this impactful performance possible, and for her ongoing advocacy for the MU School of Music," the Facebook post reads. 

The nine-time Grammy winner returned to her college town last fall to headline the Roots N Blues festival. There, Crow was inducted into the Missouri Roots Songbook, the fest's equivalent to a hall of fame, which honors Missouri artists who have profoundly shaped roots music. 

During Crow's Roots N Blues set, she testified to all the fun she had while a student in Columbia and dropped an "M-I-Z" or two at the end of her hit song "Soak Up the Sun."

The Sinquefield Center opened in 2020 and, among its many features, the 2,500-square-foot choral hall has 100-seat capacity and features a 7-foot Steinway grand piano, according to the School of Music's website. Equipped both for rehearsal as well as solo and chamber performances, it has "a wood floor and a large technical booth off the back wall in addition to changeable acoustical curtains and permanent tiered levels."

Note:  Photo of Sheryl Crow performing at Roots N' Blues Festival, Columbia, Mo. taken by Madeline Carter for Columbia Daily Tribune