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When cases of the coronavirus spiked in March, doctors and nurses across the country found themselves overwhelmed with work. The shutdown also took away an important creative outlet for a special breed of medical professional: classical musicians. That's why John Masko, a symphony conductor in Boston, founded the National Virtual Medical Orchestra, giving those in the medical field a chance to perform and connect with each other.

"I kept hearing from musician after musician from our ensemble [about] how much they wish they were playing," Masko says.

Helen Jones Woods, who played trombone with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a history-making all-female big band that toured widely during World War II, died of COVID-19 on July 25 in Sarasota, Fla. She was 96.

Her daughter Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of the broadcast media company Urban One, confirmed the details of her death to NPR.

Helen Jones Woods, who played trombone with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a history-making all-female big band that toured widely during World War II, died of COVID-19 on July 25 in Sarasota, Fla. She was 96.

Her daughter Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of the broadcast media company Urban One, confirmed the details of her death to NPR.

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Mizzou Music: MICF 2020

Jul 30, 2020
MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by Jacob Gotlib and Carolina Heredia. They stopped by to tell us all about the exciting events of this years Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Reservations for Friday’s Drive-In style event, “Under Twilight” can be made here: Under Twilight

Or you can tune in to Classical 90.5fm or stream at MUClassical.org

Reservations for Saturday’s streaming Finale Concert can be made here: Finale Concert


MU School of Music

Joining us this week on Mizzou Music is MU’s Assistant Teaching Professor of Bassoon, Leigh Muñoz. She joined us by phone to discuss one of her favorite pieces of music and to tell us about she is staying connected and building a community during this time of social distancing.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by phone by Jacob Gotlib, Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. He joined us to discuss what the MNMI has been up to lately and to tell us about a new piece of music he enjoys, which has its roots in a much older work.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke to MU Post-Doctoral Fellow Yoshiaki Onishi. He joined us by phone to talk about what he’s been doing during this time of social distancing and to tell us about one of his favorite pieces.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke with MU Professor of Choral Conducting R. Paul Crabb and Graduate Student Marques Jerrell Ruff. They joined us to discuss a powerful performance of William Grant Still’s And They Lynched Him On A Tree at this year’s SWACDA.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music, we were joined by MU’s Associate Professor of Voice, Steven Tharp. He joined us by phone to discuss one of his favorite pieces, Elgar’s First Symphony, as part of our Community Listening Project.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

On this episode of Mizzou Music, the Director of The University of Missouri School of Music, Julia Gaines, joined us to discuss how MU is moving forward with Music Instruction and online classes while we practice social distancing. She also is the first participant in our new community listening project, where we are talking to our friends at the MU School of Music about some of their favorite pieces and then enjoying the pieces together as a group. 


MU School of Music

On Mizzou Music this week we spoke with MU Professor of Trumpet Iskander Akhmadullin. He joined us to tell us about the upcoming MU/World Brass Association Festival.


MU School of Music

On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music we talked with MU Professor of Choral Conducting R. Paul Crabb and Michael Sauer about the upcoming Music and Art Concert. A collaboration between the School of Music and the Museum of Art and Archaeology.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke with the Director of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, Stefan Freund. He stopped by to tell us all about an exciting performance plus an upcoming trip to South America.


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