The University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative have awarded the 2019 Sinquefield Composition Prize to Niko Schroeder, a master’s degree candidate at the school. Schroeder won for his genealogy I for piano, violin, and cello. Schroeder will be commissioned to write an original work for the University Philharmonic Orchestra, which will premiere it on April 8, 2019; the work will also be professionally recorded. Schroeder holds a bachelor of arts degree from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where he served as sound engineer and student manager for the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble. A performer as well as a composer and engineer, Schroeder has toured with rock and contemporary classical ensembles and regularly performs with his polka band, the Bierkeller Boys. Now in its fourteenth year, the Sinquefield Composition Prize is the top award for a composition student at Mizzou. The prize competition is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an array of new-music and composition programs at the University of Missouri School of Music. Previous winners include Katie Andres, Stephanie Berg, Aaron Mencher, Douglas Osmun, and José Guillermo Martínez Rubiano.

Posted October 10, 2018