The University of Missouri has announced a $10 million gift from Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation to help fund a new building for its School of Music, which currently is spread among five buildings on campus.
When completed, the facility will house all the school's activities under one roof and will create open space across campus for use by other schools and colleges. Construction, which is part of a larger project that includes renovation of the university's Fine Arts Building and facility upgrades for MU's theater and art departments, is scheduled to begin in 2016.
Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield, who plays string bass in two mid-Missouri symphonies, and her husband are longtime supporters of UM and have provided more than $13 million to the university. In 2009, they gave $1 million to create the Mizzou New Music Initiative, which includes the Sinquefield Composition Prize, as well as support for scholarships, ensembles, faculty, and an international composer festival at the school, and followed up in 2013 with a continuing support gift of $1.4 million for the initiative.
"We want Mizzou to become an international mecca for music composition," said Jeanne Sinquefield. "By giving the school its own facility, we can not only take a large step in positioning MU as a leader in music composition, but also help to create opportunities for the school to become a leader in music performance and education as well."