University of Missouri Receives $2 Million for Music Initiative

The University of Missouri has announced a two-year, $2 million gift from Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield to the MU School of Music.

The gift will support the Mizzou New Music Initiative, which brings together a number of music school programs, including the Mizzou International Composers Festival; the Mizzou New Music Ensemble; the Sinquefield Composition Prize, an annual competition for MU students; the Creating Original Music Project, a statewide competition that recognizes Missouri K-12 students who compose original works in a variety of musical styles; the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, an annual concert of new music for orchestra selected via a competitive blind judging process; Composer Connection, a distance-learning initiative that gives composers around the state a chance to connect with and receive instruction from MU composers; and scholarships and assistantships.

In addition to playing string bass in the Columbia Civic Symphony Orchestra and Folk String Orchestra, Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield was named one of the "Missouri 100" in recognition of her efforts to promote the MU mission, which encompasses excellence in teaching, world-class research, and service through scientific discovery. She also serves as a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the university's current fundraising campaign. With their latest gift, the Sinquefields have provided more than $15 million to the university, including nearly $4.5 million in support the MNMI.

"The Sinquefields' most recent gift helps position the MU School of Music as a recognized leader in music composition nationally and throughout the world," said MU interim chancellor Hank Foley. "By combining their love of the arts with their financial support to MU, the Sinquefelds have found a meaningful way to showcase their passion for musical composition and their love of performance arts. We are grateful for their generosity and for their leadership in supporting the arts here in Missouri, nationally, and internationally."

"$2 Million Gift Provides Continued Support for New Music at MU." University of Missouri Press Release 02/01/2016.