The Mizzou International Composers Festival, held annually in July at the University of Missouri, has selected Beat Furrer and Nico Muhly as its guest composers for 2014. Furrer and Muly will serve in residence during the festival, held from July 21 to 26 at the university’s Columbia campus, and will mentor eight resident composers as they create a new work to be performed by Alarm Will Sound, the festival’s ensemble in residence, under its artistic director, Alan Pierson. Furrer is the co-founder of the contemporary music ensemble Klangforum Wien; he is professor of composition at the Graz University of Music and Dramatic Arts. Muhly has composed works for ensembles including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic. The Mizzou International Composers Festival is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, whose programs are intended to position the University of Missouri School of Music as a center of composition and new music. Applications for the eight resident-composer slots are being accepted now through November 15; more information is available here.
Posted October 7, 2013