(ST. LOUIS) The St. Louis Symphony is proud to announce that Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield have donated $250,000 to underwrite the St. Louis Symphony’s hosting of the League of American Orchestras 68th conference, Imagining 2023, to be held in St. Louis June 18-20, 2013. 

The Sinquefields are longtime supporters of the St. Louis Symphony.  This is the first time St. Louis has hosted the League of American Orchestras Conference since 1966, and it is expected to bring hundreds of orchestra administrators, volunteers and musicians from across the country for three days of concerts, meetings and symposiums.  The St. Louis Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra will both perform during the conference.

During the 2013-2014 season, the St. Louis Symphony will perform contemporary works from two composers who have been part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, 2012 International Composers Festival, sponsored by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation:  Patrick Harlin’s Rapture and Stephanie Berg’s Ravish and Mayhem.

Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefieldbegan their efforts to make Missouri a center for composition in 2005 with the Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.), a statewide competition for young composers in grades K-12. Since then, their support for the composition, performance and recording of new music has resulted in the creation of more than 300 new works by composers of all ages, including 10 for full orchestra.

Their investment of $3 million in the University of Missouri established the Mizzou New Music Initiative, which includes a high school summer camp for composers; scholarships for composition majors; Composer Connection, a distance-learning program; the Mizzou New Music Ensemble; the annual Sinquefield Composition Prize; and the Mizzou International Composers Festival. 

Their other musical philanthropies include an ongoing program that commissions musical works inspired by visual art; the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, which supports the performance of new orchestral works; a series of commissioned compositions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sheldon Concert Hall; and sponsorship of the first St. Louis season of the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.   


*Founded in 1880 and now in its 132nd season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director, the second American-born conductor to hold that post in the Orchestra’s history.  The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement:  enriching people’s live through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts, as well as hundreds of free education and community programs each year. In May 2009, the Symphony implemented an encompassing strategic plan that includes a 10-year vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, expanding audience and revenue growth across all key operating areas