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The University of Missouri School of Music
and the Mizzou New Music
Initiative have awarded the 2019 Sinquefield Composition Prize to Niko Schroeder. Schroeder is in his first year of study for a master's degree in composition at Mizzou. He submitted "genealogy I," a work written for piano, violin, and cello, to the competition and was selected for the prize by a panel of independent judges.
The adjudicators for the 2019 competition were Emily Koh, assistant professor of composition at the University of Georgia; Sky Macklay, assistant professor of music at Valparaiso University; and David
Werfelmann, assistant professor of music theory and composition at Webster University.
Now in its 14th year, the Sinquefield Composition Prize is the top award for a composition student at Mizzou.
As this year's winner, Schroeder now will be commissioned to write an original work for the University Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Barry Ford, which will premiere it as part of the Chancellor's Arts Showcase on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia. With the commission, Schroeder also receives a cash prize for the production of the score and parts, and will have his work professionally recorded.
Originally from Waverly, IA, Schroeder earned his bachelor of arts degree from Grand Valley State
University in Allendale, MI.
While he was a student there, he served as sound engineer and student manager for the Grand Valley State
University New Music
Ensemble and won several awards, including "Composer of the Year" for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years; the 2017 Concerto Competition; and the Glenn
A. Niemeyer Award, the highest distinction for student contributions to the university.
The other finalists for the 2019 Sinquefield Composition Prize were Dustin
Dunn and Ben Rouder.
The Sinquefield Composition Prize competition is part of the Mizzou New Music
Initiative, an array of programs positioning the University of Missouri School of Music
as a leading center in the areas of composition and new music. The Initiative is the direct result of the generous support of Dr. Jeanne and Mr. Rex Sinquefield, and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.
For more information about the Mizzou New Music
Initiative, please visit https://mizzounewmusic.missouri.edu/. For more about the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, please visit https://www.sinquefieldcharitablefoundation.com/.