Sheldon Commissions

The Mizzou New Music Initiative is pleased to partner with The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries in St. Louis. The project originated when Sheldon Program Advisor Paul Reuter -- a Mizzou graduate in with an MA in Music Composition (under Dr. W. Thomas McKenney) -- and Jeanne Sinquefield discussed ways to provide Mizzou composers opportunities to have their chamber works performed at the historic Sheldon Concert Hall by St. Louis-based musicians, including members of the St. Louis Symphony.

Each season, several Mizzou student and faculty composers are commissioned to write new chamber works to be premiered at the Sheldon. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for a Sheldon Commission, and each season's composers are selected by University of Missouri Composition faculty members.

2022-23 Commissions:

Mahbod Shirvani, March 1, 2023 for solo violin 

Isabelle Borchardt,  April 19, 2023 for flute, string quartet, and piano

Harry Gonzalez, May 17, 2023 for violin and piano


Previous Commissions:

Tuesday, March 22, 2022:

  • Isabelle Borchardt, Miscommunication, for 2 voices (performed by Isabelle Borchardt and Holden Franklin).
  • Sam Whitty, Ewert (performed by John Bell, clarinet and Colton Johnson, percussion).

Wednesday, April 6, 2022: Emily Shaw, The Sun Spins Out for violin and piano

Wednesday, April 27, 2022: Robyne Sieh, An Unexpected Turn, for flute and piano

Wednesday, May 11, 2022: Maria Laura Disandro, Burning Matchstick House, for string quartet (performed by St. Louis Symphony string quartet led by Erin Schreiber)

Wednesday, March 18, 2021: Daniel Fitzpatrick, Poem of the Phantom Queen for cello and piano (performed by Bjorn Ranheim and Peter Henderson)

Wednesday, March 25, 2021:

Wednesday, April 7, 2021: Jack Snelling, Ozark Autumn (performed by the 442s)

May 24, 2021: Ben Rouder Nocturne for violin and piano (performed by David Halen and Hyejin Cho)

 June 14, 2021: Ben Dawson, God of Doors for horn and piano (performed by Roger Kaza and Peter Henderson)

 August 11, 2021: Luis Hermano Bezerra: Dança Brasileira No.1 for violin and piano (performed by Hannah Ji and Hyejin Cho)


Friday, November 8, 2019: Ben Rouder, TBA for voice and piano

Wednesday, January 29, 2020: Niko Schroeder, Catalogue for clarinet and piano

Friday, March 6, 2020: Yoshiaki Onishi, Gz III for bass clarinet and bassoon

Friday, November 9, 2018: Aaron Mencher, when Icarus fell it was spring for violin and piano

Wednesday, January 23, 2019: Hans Bridger Heruth, In the Shadow of the Moon for solo piano

Friday, March 8, 2019: Mikkel Christensen, Splash Screen for percussion

Wednesday, March 27, 2019: Dustin Dunn, Vigil is Silence for string quintet

Wednesday, April 24, 2019: Libby Roberts, Something Amourphous for violin and piano

Friday, November 17, 2017: Ben Colagiovanni, Groove Machine for solo piano

Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Hans Bridger Heruth, [bach]: infused for string quintet

Friday, March 9, 2018: Maeve Smucker, Quiescent for clarinet and piano

Wednesday, April 11, 2018:

  • Carolina Heredia, Etudes for Violin and Piano 
  • Henry Breneman Stewart, undertone for string quartet

November 16, 2016: Hans Bridger Heruth, Fractals of a Dream for tenor and piano

February 15, 2017: Phillip Sink, Chrysalis for violin and piano

March 10, 2017: Erin Hoerchler, The Last Laugh for voice and piano

March 15, 2017: Aaron Mencher, Rise for solo violoncello

April 5, 2017: Henry Breneman Stewart, Communion for string quartet

October 23, 2015: Alex Williams, Visions and Fantasy for violin and piano

January 20, 2016: Erin Hoerchler, The Ballroom Blues for cello and piano

January 29, 2016: Luke Henderson, Mischief for flute and double bass

February 24, 2016: Trey Makler, It Was There All Along, for bassoon and piano

March 11, 2016: Benedetto Colagiovanni, Nightfall in La Bolline for solo piano

April 6, 2016: José Martínez, Instruction Manual for violin and piano

October 24, 2014 and January 16, 2015: Erin Hoerchler, Midnight Magnetism for piano trio

January 28, 2015: Justin Pounds, Awake! The Sky is Calling for solo piano

February 25, 2015: Trey Makler, First Study in Watercolor for violin and piano

April 8, 2015: José Martínez, Looking for the Clave for string quartet

October 25, 2013 and January 17, 2014: Haley Myers, Five-Minute Free Fall for violin, cello, and piano

January 29, 2014: Grant Bradshaw, A Celebratory Symphony for chamber orchestra

February 26, 2014: Robert Strobel, 1864 and Afterwards for string ensemble

March 7, 2014: Mingu Kim, The Road for violin and piano

April 23, 2014: Benedetto Colagiovanni, Confluence for piano quintet

November 9, 2012: Stephanie Berg, Gateway for clarinet and piano

February 5 and 6, 2013: Patrick David Clark, Snow Coming for solo piano

February 27, 2013: Grant Bradshaw, Cloudscapes for solo piano

April 10, 2013: Michael Anderson, An Exercise in Prayer for brass quintet

The Sinquefield Chartiable Foundation has also underwritten the commissioning of two works by Mizzou composition faculty member Stefan Freund:

  • St. Louis Reds for string quartet

premiered on October 12, 2012 for the 100th anniversary of the Sheldon Concert Hall, performed by David Halen and members of the St. Louis Symphony. Chamber orchestra version premiered by Alarm Will Sound on October 17, 2014.

  • con/fluences for chamber orchestra

premiered on October 17, 2014 for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis, performed by Alarm Will Sound.